Death Beat: A Colombian Journalist's Life Inside the Cocaine Wars

Death Beat: A Colombian Journalist's Life Inside the Cocaine Wars

by Maria J. Duzan

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Joe Collins
Duzan's first-person account of a country in shambles is poignant and maddening at the same time. The U.S., particularly the Reagan administration's "war on drugs," comes under some fire here, but accusatory fingers are clearly pointed at Colombian officials who played politics with extraditions to the U.S. and at the subsequent escalation of violence by the Medellin cocaine cartel. Duzan often was in the midst of the hair-raising drug wars, enduring the assassination of her own sister and the senseless killings of dozens of other friends and colleagues. Her most spine-tingling chapters concern the kidnapping of former journalist and mayoral candidate Andres Pastrana in Bogota and an interview with Alberto, a "sicario"--basically, a flunky for higher-ups in the cocaine Mafia. Duzan also details the fates of major players in the Medellin cartel, including the man who came to epitomize its evils, Pablo Escobar. Duzan is thorough; she takes a stand in the middle of a tense situation; and her prose, though sometimes tangled, still compellingly offers a first-rate, frontline view of the war against drugs.

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