The Accountant's Story: Inside the Violent World of the Medellín Cartel

The Accountant's Story: Inside the Violent World of the Medellín Cartel

by Roberto Escobar, David Fisher

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The Accountant's Story: Inside the Violent World of the Medellín Cartel by Roberto Escobar

"I have many scars. Some of them are physical, but many more are scars on my soul. A bomb sent to kill me while I was in a maximum security prison has made me blind, yet now I see the world more clearly than I have ever seen it before. I have lived an incredible adventure. I watched as my brother, Pablo Escobar, became the most successful criminal in history, but also a hero to many of the people of Colombia. My brother was loved and he was feared. Hundreds of thousands of people marched in his funeral procession, and certainly as many people celebrated his death."

These are the words of Roberto Escobar-the top accountant for the notorious and deadly Medellín Cartel, and brother of Pablo Escobar, the most famous drug lord in history. At the height of his reign, Pablo's multibillion-dollar operation smuggled tons of cocaine each week into countries all over the world. Roberto and his ten accountants kept track of all the money. Only Pablo and Roberto knew where it was stashed-and what it bought.

And the amounts of money were simply staggering. According to Roberto, it cost $2,500 every month just to purchase the rubber bands needed to wrap the stacks of cash. The biggest problem was finding a place to store it: from secret compartments in walls and beneath swimming pools to banks and warehouses everywhere. There was so much money that Roberto would sometimes write off ten percent as "spoilage," meaning either rats had chewed up the bills or dampness had ruined the cash.
Roberto writes about the incredible violence of the cartel, but he also writes of the humanitarian side of his brother. Pablo built entire towns, gave away thousands of houses, paid people's medical expenses, and built schools and hospitals. Yet he was responsible for the horrible deaths of thousands of people.

In short, this is the story of a world of riches almost beyond mortal imagination, and in his own words, Roberto Escobar tells all: building a magnificent zoo at Pablo's opulent home, the brothers' many escapes into the jungles of Colombia, devising ingenious methods to smuggle tons of cocaine into the United States, bribing officials with literally millions of dollars-and building a personal army to protect the Escobar family against an array of enemies sworn to kill them.

Few men in history have been more beloved-or despised-than Pablo Escobar. Now, for the first time, his story is told by the man who knew him best: his brother, Roberto.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446543699
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 02/25/2009
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 755,719
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Roberto Escobar resides in Colombia. Under the rules of his parole, he cannot leave the country.

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Accountant's Story: Inside the Violent World of the Medellín Cartel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
ignacio_4_bn More than 1 year ago
This book was a quick read because it was very interesting. Although it's hard to feel any sort of sympathy for drug traffickers, this real-life story about Pablo Escobar makes him seem like a modern day Robin-Hood to his people. Each story has two sides and this one definitely takes you to that other side, to see what it's like to walk in the shoes of a different person. I liked the way this book was able to take you into the busy city streets of Columbia as well as to the hidden jungles where many laboratories were built to make cocaine; it made me feel like I was actually there. What really stood out above everything else were the translations from Spanish to English; they were right on target and I've never seen a better job done when it comes to translating. I'm not sure if there is a movie planned for this book but it sure would be a great idea!
Eazy-E28 More than 1 year ago
To be honest with you, i went into reading this book knowing absolutely nothing about Pablo Escobar except for the fact that he had a very small role in the movie Blow starring Johnny Depp. Thats what got my attention. It turns out this book was extremely informational probably due to the fact it was written by his brother who was there the entire time. Anything you want to know about Pablo, its in there. I do NOT think they spent too much time trying to persuade you how good of a guy he was, that was just Roberto telling what he thought of his brother. The thing they may have talked about too much was the politics involved in everything, they went into great detail at times that might bore some people. All together though it was a fascinating book that i reccomend to anyone seeking knowledge about the life of the greatest drug lord the world has ever seen. Exciting, enlightening, and it kept me curious for more the entire time.
billymac60 More than 1 year ago
Rather than simply tell the story, the author spends way too much time trying to explain that despite his sins, what a kind, good and decent person Pablo Escobar was. I really grew weary of this constant effort to paint Pablo in a kinder, gentler light. The ability of the author to "excuse" his and Pablo's crimes was astounding. The murders, bombings, and lives ruined by their cocaine trade seem to be excusable, it was just business. Yes, he and Pablo's organization did some bad things, but others including the police, army and Cali Cartel were just as bad.....Give me a break. The book would have been much more enjoyable had the author stuck to the story and spent less time trying to "correct history" as he saw it. There are always two sides to any story, and I'm sure that to some, Pablo was a hero and a benefactor to many of Columbia's poor. But there seems to be an almost total lack of acknowledgment when it comes to their crimes and the monstrous crime machine they created. I'm glad I purchased the book, but I almost feel "dirty" knowing that my dollars spent are going to this criminal.
AnotherDavidFisherFan More than 1 year ago
Do you have any idea how much space a billion dollars in hundred dollar bills takes up? when your cocaine importing business brings in that much cash every week, what do you do with it all? Roberto Escobar is the brother of the infamous Pablo Escobar, who made more money from crime than any person in history - and he was also his brother's financial wizard. A wonderfully written book, thanks in large measure to co-author David Fisher, and fascinating from start to finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You are dumb pablo did the impossible as one of his great great nephews i know a lot about him and this book speaks total truth que dios te proteje tio roberto y que esta mariquita se va al infierno
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fishnbaja1 More than 1 year ago
In this book, Roberto will try to convince you of two things. First, that his brother Pablo Escobar committed some bad things, but that the truly horrible ones were committed by his enemies and the police, or were simply made up. And two, that he, Roberto, is only guilty of sharing Pablo’s DNA. All of this despite historical evidence to the contrary. I read this book in English and found the translation adequate, although at times too literal, from Spanish to English. If you are bilingual, this book gives the sense of a conversation that is being transcribed as it is spoken. If you are not bilingual, some of the sentence structure might come across as odd. Fortunately, this doesn’t really affect the content of the story. If you are interested in this period in Colombian history, and would like a more unbiased and unapologetic perspective, I recommend two books written by Jhon Jairo Velazquez, alias “Popeye,” a member of the Medellin Cartel who is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of people by his own hand, and responsible for the killings of thousands more. -Sobreviviendo a Pablo Escobar: “Popeye” El Sicario, 23 años y 3 meses de cárcel -El Verdadero Pablo: Sangre, traición y muerte
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Forensicbronxnurse More than 1 year ago
Though I don't believe his recall of what happened fully I enjoyed the book, his version and his truth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like this book is mostly his brother saying that the government of columbia is corrupt and alot of the thinhs said about pablo are not true ...i really like it it has a lot of details on all the events through out their life
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Reading the first couple of chapters comes across that Pablo's brother tryst coming across as the sins of Pablo were not as it seemed to the world. And he was right-to an extent. Reading further, many detailed explanations on WHY Pablo did what he did occurred and how the Columbian government worked with the competition to end Pablo's business and life. Much corruption in Columbia-has been for so long. Yes, Pablo did many bad things, but in many cases, he was forced to. Killings probably wouldn't have occurred if the Government and the Cali Cartel went after the Medillian cartel together. Bottom line was the drugs were illegal and it had to end. The insight of what actually occurred comes across strongly and we are given the opportunity to see what happened first hand by the brother who paid for Pablo's sins throughout and still does in his life. I think the Columbian government sent Roberto the bomb purposely. Sadly nothing has changed since the Columbian government continues to be crooked.
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bejtenorio More than 1 year ago
Pablo Escobar's brother tells a very personal story about his knowledge and experience with the Medellin drug cartel. Some people might not be able to relate because their relationship (Roberto - the author - and his younger brother - Pablo) was so unique of mainly Catholic countries, specially in the developing (and third world) countries - the close family relationships specially between brothers and that deep bond between friends. Sad to say, no matter how bad or evil your perception of Pablo Escobar, it just proved that he was still just another human being and he had his own life story, just like yours, ready to be heard and learned. For those who love mafia stories, this is a must-read.
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nickanmaxie More than 1 year ago
It was really enlightening. It was an easy read.