Snowblind: A Brief Career in the Cocaine Trade

Snowblind: A Brief Career in the Cocaine Trade

by Robert Sabbag
     
 

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In 1970s New York, Zachary Swan was a legend. Born at the peak of the Jazz Age with a silver spoon in his mouth, he ended up with that same spoon in his nose when he turned his talents to cocaine smuggling. In Snowblind, a rip-roaring modern classic, Robert Sabbag details Swan's rise, his ingenious and ever more baroque plans to outwit government agents, and the

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In 1970s New York, Zachary Swan was a legend. Born at the peak of the Jazz Age with a silver spoon in his mouth, he ended up with that same spoon in his nose when he turned his talents to cocaine smuggling. In Snowblind, a rip-roaring modern classic, Robert Sabbag details Swan's rise, his ingenious and ever more baroque plans to outwit government agents, and the rapid end to his Roman-candle career. A captivating story of a dashing antihero, Snowblind is also a striking portrait of a turbulent age.

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One of the first books about the cocaine trade and it is still among the best.” —Norman Mailer

A flat-out ballbuster. It moves like a threshing machine with a fuel tank full of ether. . . . Sabbag is a whip-song writer.” —Hunter S. Thompson

One of the best books about drugs ever written.” —Robert Stone

One of the most dazzling and spectacular pieces of reporting I have ever read.” —Nora Ephron

“An extremely rare cut of dry wit, poetry, rock-hard fact and relentless insight.” —Rolling Stone

A triumphant piece of reporting.” —The New Yorker

“A witty, intelligent, fiercely stylish, drug-induced exemplary tale.” —Los Angeles Times

“The ultimate slide down the precipice of hip.” —Susan Brownmiller

A classic.” —The National Review

“After reading Robert Sabbag’s Snowblind, one is overcome with a sense of having finally understood America. It is that rare kind of book that compels a reader to call up all of his friends and read passages to them over the telephone. It is destined to become an American classic.” —Claude Brown, Jr.

A beautifully written book.” —Rita Mae Brown

The most authentic story of the big-time cocaine trade that has hit print, and Sabbag tells it with novelistic razzle-dazzle, setting down knife-sharp scenes as the action moves: Mexico, New York’s big hotels, Harlem streets, Bogota’s high and low-life . . . scenes and characters that make your skin crawl. A compelling read.” —Publishers Weekly

“It’s excellent . . . characters leaping to life right out of Hemingway and Damon Runyon, and everywhere, supercharging, that fine electric dust of Cordilleran snow. I hate to think of what Sabbag must have gone through to write it.” —Richard Rhodes

“An immensely entertaining book.” —Newsweek

Alternately scary and funny, wherein an incident or an insight is compressed and polished to an impressive sheen.” —Baltimore Sun

“This is a glorious and glittering piece of craftsmanship—like good surgical steel . . . an exciting, living story—beautifully told, addictively readable, and as urgent as a siren coming to a sinister stop in front of where we all live.” —Davis Grubb

Fascinating.” —Houston Chronicle

“Rip-roaring . . . a marvelous, cheerful adventure of modern times.”—Washington Star

“It’s a challenge to put the book down.” —Florida Times-Union

“The style is charged with energy.” —Boston Phoenix

“Robert Sabbag is one beautiful writer.” —Nashville Banner

“An impeccably researched, carefully written book that reads at times like an adventure story.” —Worcester Telegram

“A meticulous study . . . fascinating.” —Library Journal

“Hip and often very funny . . . provocative . . . and utterly convincing.” —Miami Herald

New Yorker
A triumphant piece of reporting.
National Review
A classic.
LA Times
A witty, intelligent, fiercely stylish, drug-induced exemplary tale.
Rolling Stone
An extremely rare cut of dry wit, poetry, rock-hard fact and relentless insight.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802144942
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
06/08/2010
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
741,168
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

What People are saying about this

Nora Ephron
One of the most dazzling and spectacular pieces of reporting I have ever read.
Hunter S. Thompson
A flat-out ballbuster. It moves like a threshing machine with a fuel tank full of ether....Sabbag is a whip-song writer.
Susan Brownmiller
The ultimate slide down the precipice of hip.
Norman Mailer
One of the first books about the cocaine trade and it is still among the best.
Robert Stone
One of the best books about drugs ever written.

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