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Drug Lord: A True Story: The Life and Death of a Mexican Kingpin

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"Drug Lord is the real thing. Raw, immediate, indispensable."—Don Winslow, author of The Power of Dog and California Fire and Life

"The [drug smuggling] business goes on, the slaughtered dead pile up, the US agencies continue to ratchet up their budgets, the prisons grow larger and all the real rules of the game are in this book, some kind of masterpiece."—Charles Bowden, from the introduction

"Pablo Acosta was a living legend in his Mexican border town of Ojinaga. He smuggled tremendous amounts of drugs into the...

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Overview

"Drug Lord is the real thing. Raw, immediate, indispensable."—Don Winslow, author of The Power of Dog and California Fire and Life

"The [drug smuggling] business goes on, the slaughtered dead pile up, the US agencies continue to ratchet up their budgets, the prisons grow larger and all the real rules of the game are in this book, some kind of masterpiece."—Charles Bowden, from the introduction

"Pablo Acosta was a living legend in his Mexican border town of Ojinaga. He smuggled tremendous amounts of drugs into the United States; he survived numerous attempts on his power—and his life—by rivals; and he blessed the town with charity and civic improvements. He was finally slain in 1987 during a raid by Mexican officials with the cooperation of US law enforcement. Poppa has turned out a detailed and exciting book, covering in depth Acosta's life; the other drug factions that battled with him; the village of Ojinaga; and the logistics of the drug operation. The result is a nonfiction account with enough greed, treachery, shoot-outs, and government corruption to fascinate true crime and crime fiction readers alike. Highly recommended."—Library Journal

Terrence E. Poppa, an award-winning journalist, was a finalist for a 1987 Pulitzer Prize for his investigations into the connection between crime and government in Mexico. He was featured in Standoff in Mexico, a PBS production about fraudulent elections in Mexico. Due to his unique insights into the world of Mexican drug trafficking, Poppa has been widely interviewed on radio and television, including Larry King Live and The O'Reilly Factor.

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"Poppa, a news reporter and Pulitzer Prize finalist for his work on this story, has turned out a detailed and exciting book, covering in depth Acosta's life; the other drug factions that battled with him; the village of Ojinaga; and the logistics of the drug operation. The result is a nonfiction account with enough greed, treachery, shoot-outs, and government corruption to fascinate true crime and crime fiction readers alike. Highly recommended."—Library Journal

"[Drug Lord] is impressive for its thorough investigatory research…and for its lively style."—Kirkus Reviews

"Drug Lord is one of the few stories about double-dealing, murder, and endemic Mexican government corruption ever told from inside a drug ring, and is a must for anyone who wants to understand how drug rings really operate."—Penthouse

"[Poppa] describes, with uncomplicated ease, the franchise structure of the Acosta operation—involving a kind of interlocking, horizontal integration typical of organized crime…He has shocked us with the conventions of the drug smuggling industry. He has penetrated its secrets and shows it to be something more ordinary than mystical." —Dallas Morning News

"Poppa is a gifted storyteller who has a clear eye for detail." —Albuquerque Journal

"At times reading more like a Wild West novel than a true-to-life piece of non-fiction, Drug Lord exposes revealing snapshots of the seamy world of a drug smuggler at work." —Austin American Statesman

"Pablo Acosta, born in abject poverty in Mexico, became drug czar of Ojinaga across the border from the Big Bend country of Texas…The author shows that Acosta consolidated his power by murdering rivals, corrupting local police and soldiers, distributing money to the poor and contributing generously to civic projects…Poppa interviewed the drug lord in 1986 for the El Paso Herald-Post and bases this enlightening book in part on those talks." —Publishers Weekly

"Drug Lord is the real thing. Raw, immediate, indispensable."—Don Winslow, author of The Power of Dog and California Fire and Life

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933693859
  • Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2010
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 247,792
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    Couldn't put it down

    Very well written, engaging, strong... puts a lot of "intellectual" novels to shame on all accounts. I loved it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 14, 2012

    HIGHLY RECOMMEND

    Interesting insight into the world of drugs and the govenment that supports it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

    Before pablo escobar there was pablo acosta.

    Great book. The true life story of a wild drug lord in Mexico. This book demonstates the rise and fall of a drug king pin. The book opens your eyes to height corruption goes too and the ways narcotics keep flowing to meet the worldwide demand. Keeps u reading allthough after the detailed battle that led Acosta's death the book takes an effort to finish.

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  • Posted November 23, 2011

    Recommended

    This was an interesting and enlightening story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2005

    Book that is hard not to read

    I usually do not read books but once i read the first couple of pages i had to buy it and i do not regret this decision. I have read this book two times and the second time is even better thatthe first

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2004

    One book that won't bore anyone!

    I do not spend much time reading because i become quickly bored but this book shows the real truth between how crime and government go hand in hand.Greatly written and unforgettale story that makes you stop to think.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2003

    Hit the nail on the head!

    Very accurately told. I have been on the front lines of the farce that is the 'War on Drugs' for too many years. This is a great story that every American should read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2003

    MUST READ

    This book is a must read for any person. It keeps you on the edge of your seat as if you were watching a thriller movie. The ride that the author takes you on is unforgetable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2002

    Too Close for comfort!

    The reading was easy and mind boggling- the people live too close to home and the story was too scarry for words.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2000

    College Grad vs The Scoundral

    This information is such an important part of US and Mexican History yet you can't read about it anywhere else! Particulary interesting is Poppa's revenue comparison betwen Pemex and the Amado fuentes Mafia. Any study on immigration or Mexican/US Economic Policy is incomplete with out the info in this book. Must read. THIS SHOULD BE A MOVIE.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2000

    The story is good!

    Terrence think that because of him they killed this guy! to him I say 'Keep dreaming' If you would have something to do with this you will not be were you are right now. Mexican goverment is corrupt but, who isn't?

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