Blow: How a Small-Town Boy Made $100 Million with the Medellin Cocaine Cartel and Lost It All

Blow: How a Small-Town Boy Made $100 Million with the Medellin Cocaine Cartel and Lost It All

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by Bruce Porter
     
 

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BLOW is the unlikely story of George Jung's roller coaster ride from middle-class high school football hero to the heart of Pable Escobar's Medellin cartel-- the largest importer of the United States cocaine supply in the 1980s. Jung's early business of flying marijuana into the United States from the mountains of Mexico took a dramatic turn when he met

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BLOW is the unlikely story of George Jung's roller coaster ride from middle-class high school football hero to the heart of Pable Escobar's Medellin cartel-- the largest importer of the United States cocaine supply in the 1980s. Jung's early business of flying marijuana into the United States from the mountains of Mexico took a dramatic turn when he met Carlos Lehder, a young Colombian car thief with connections to the then newly born cocaine operation in his native land. Together they created a new model for selling cocaine, turning a drug used primarily by the entertainment elite into a massive and unimaginably lucrative enterprise-- one whose earnings, if legal, would have ranked the cocaine business as the sixth largest private enterprise in the Fortune 500.

The ride came to a screeching halt when DEA agents and Florida police busted Jung with three hundred kilos of coke, effectively unraveling his fortune. But George wasn't about to go down alone. He planned to bring down with him one of the biggest cartel figures ever caught.

With a riveting insider account of the lurid world of international drug smuggling and a super-charged drama of one man's meteoric rise and desperate fall, Bruce Porter chronicles Jung's life using unprecedented eyewitness sources in this critically acclaimed true crime classic.

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From the Publisher

“Extraordinarily interesting...Mr. Porter has done an excellent job telling the tale of a very unusual entrepreneur.” —The New York Times Book Review

“The story belongs to anyone who has ever savored a well-told tale of adventure, greed, deceit, and revenge. Best of all, it's true.” —Houston Chronicle

“A sleigh-ride-to-hell story of how '60s hippie innocence turned into '80s megadepravity...finely researched, told with pizzazz.” —Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312267124
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.49(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.87(d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Porter, a former newspaper reporter and editor of Newsweek, teaches at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He has also written for The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Playboy, and Connoisseur, among other publications.

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Blow: How a Small-Town Boy Made $100 Million with the Medellin Cocaine Cartel and Lost It All 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
LutherLS More than 1 year ago
Blow is a great book to read. I have also seen the movie and they make them both close to real life situations. I wish that they would have used the same names in the movie that they have in real life and the book. I also like how Porter structures his chapters into where they were at. I also like how deep the story is and how indepth he goes with his information and his stories. This book is a great read and i suggest it to everybody.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie is my bible, I love, I used to watch a 5 to 7 times a week, I cant anymore unless I'm alone, I say every line. The Book is the very first Book that I ever read front to back, UNreal, absoulutly Love it, I cant get enough of it, i have read probaly about 10 times....Cant seem to put it down!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i havent read the book yet but i plan on byeing it when i get to the book store the movie was great and i hear the book is even better i hope everyone enjoyed the movie as much as me and i recommend anyone to read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
200 pages into book and its taken me 8 days to get this far. Nothing like I thought it would be as far as more detail into their operations . Here's to the last part of book being much better then the first.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In Bruce Porter’s Blow, Bruce takes you on a thrilling ride through the life of George Jung. George, a boy from Boston, Massachusetts grew up as any kid would, playing football, riding his bike, and helping his father with his modest air conditioning business. George’s father didn’t make much money and George took notice to this when he started his transformation to an adult. George realized he never wanted to struggle for money and made it his goal to be financially secure.  George tried some “real” jobs, home construction and fishing, but George wasn’t a huge fan of the hard labor that amounted to hardly any pay. So one summer when George goes to Manhattan Beach and begins selling pot he becomes addicted to the easy money of drug dealing. Bruce Porter takes you through the come up of George in the drug world. From a small pot dealer, no one could have predicted the cocaine king pin he would become. The luxurious trips to exotic destinations and brutal murders make for a very interesting business venture. Porter does a great job of accurately portraying the life of George Jung and his rise to becoming a king pin of the Medellin Cartel. This book keeps you hooked the entire time, the fantasy world George lives in would be appealing to all readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BLOW is the unlikely story of George Jung's roller coaster ride from middle-class high school football hero to the heart of Pable Escobar's Medellin cartel-- the largest importer of the United States cocaine supply in the 1980s. Jung's early business of flying marijuana into the United States from the mountains of Mexico took a dramatic turn when he met Carlos Lehder, a young Colombian car thief with connections to the then newly born cocaine operation in his native land. Together they created a new model for selling cocaine, turning a drug used primarily by the entertainment elite into a massive and unimaginably lucrative enterprise-- one whose earnings, if legal, would have ranked the cocaine business as the sixth largest private enterprise in the Fortune 500.The ride came to a screeching halt when DEA agents and Florida police busted Jung with three hundred kilos of coke, effectively unraveling his fortune. But George wasn't about to go down alone. He planned to bring down with him one of the biggest cartel figures ever caught. I enoyed this book because it is great to see how George comes from being completly poor to the luxury life and back to poor again. I think its good for teenagers to read also because it shows them selling drugs will always catch back up to you and you should never do it. anthony
Ataubert More than 1 year ago
This book is about Georges rise and downfall. He had a dream to never be poor because he dosent want to have the same fate his father did. He went from selling marijunia to cocaine. I enjoyed seeing his how he lived the luxury life and then ended up with jail time. I would reccomend this book to anybody who is interested in real crimes and stories of how everything catches back up to you.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK IS SO KOOL. THE MOVIE EVEN KOOLER. I RECOMMEND IT TO PEOPLE WHO LIKE TRUE STORIES.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great book, with much more information than the movie. One of my Favorites
Guest More than 1 year ago
After i saw the movie i knew i had to get the book. The movie was excellent and the book was even better. George Jung rules!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Truth is often stranger than fiction, and Blow is a good, strange story. Enjoyable to read, but the writing could have been stronger. I love this particular theme.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First seeing the moive help me to fine tune the book. Excellent if you like true stories that are good stories.kept your mind wondering!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a realistic, straight talking book that is a fantastic read! I had heard about the movie and thought the book might be even better which is always the case. This book reveals the basic ease with which drugs are brought into, distributed and sold to produce dream houses literally filled with stacks of good ole American currency! I enjoyed every page and would recommend this book. I did not dislike George or feel any sorrow for anything that happened to him. He is simply who he is and that is ok. He was no less a businessman than those who are legally engaged in commerce. George's last letter to his dying father has a universal appeal and a simple lesson of life that we all should be aware of. The book is not a book with a defined plot, it more of a narrative of an individual's action, reaction, interaction and the resulting outcomes. It covers the high rolling lifestyle of the drug money kings then shows the final comedown days as well. Like the Greek concept of the Wheel of Fortune, you may be on top but be prepared for the ride back down to the very bottom!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Upon first seeing the movie I was absolutely intrigued at the rise and fall of this man. I bought the book and couldn't put it down! The book was riveting, anyone who reads this will be amazed at just how lucrative and dangerous the drug world really is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was nothing short of fantastic. George Jungs life makes for a great read. Your really do fall in love with George. Porter definintely did his research before writing this book. I appriciated the way Porter always discussed politics and social issues as George went through his life. The way Porter wrote the book Jung is not villified yet he is not made the victim either. He is just a regular guy with a not so regular life. Really wonderful from page one until the very end!!!! The movie fails here, they not only turn George into a victim but a psycho at the end which is not who the real George Jung is. They really ruined the end in the Movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Blown, is the only word to describe George Jung's depiction of his life. I read this book several years ago and was more intrigued by George's magnetic and somewhat arrogant personallity, than I was with his adventuress lifestyle. George is the type of person who can walk into a room and manipulate its chemistry to fit his own persona. It find it interesting, that the word person was dirived from the Greek word persona. The original Greek meaning for, Mask. I believe George was hiding behind his 'Rebel Without a Cause' role, because he truly wanted to lead a productive life and receive credit from his family and friends for doing so. But there was something wrong, George felt he had a higher purpose in life. A gut feeling that he might be missing an opportunity to be apart of something big. The events that took place in his life, filled that void and allowed him to play the 'Rock 'N Role Rebel' character better than anyone else. Just ask him, he will tell you. George is a person to whom you can relate and would make you feel like you were the center of attention in any situation. For anyone who enjoys the rise and fall of a superstar, this book is for you. The rise is sharply intense and continues until the last page. I've anticipated the release of the movie and am optimistic that the writers will allow Jonny Depp to develop George's character and charisma for the big screen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
BLOW will 'BLOW YOU AWAY'.... The movie is 'Oscar worthy' and the book is better than the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
well written,gripping and entertaining. main character is easy to relate to. interesting look at the drug trade. can't wait to see the film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first saw the movie then read the book I enjoy both of them equally....The book is probably better. I think George Jung is a American Hero
Guest More than 1 year ago
The characters that Jung attracted were more interesting than him...which was revealing in a sense about the drug trade itself..that most people envolved in the drug trade are not just the typical people you would suspect.
Guest More than 1 year ago
George Jung has got the biggest cojones of anyone i know, and reading this book will prove it. He goes from a nothing to a something like that. Great book, Great buy.