American Desperado: My Life--From Mafia Soldier to Cocaine Cowboy to Secret Government Asset

American Desperado: My Life--From Mafia Soldier to Cocaine Cowboy to Secret Government Asset

by Jon Roberts, Evan Wright
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American Desperado: My Life--From Mafia Soldier to Cocaine Cowboy to Secret Government Asset by Jon Roberts, Evan Wright

The true story of super-criminal Jon Roberts, star of the documentary Cocaine Cowboys. 
 
American Desperado is Roberts’ no-holds-barred account of being born into Mafia royalty, witnessing his first murder at the age of seven, becoming a hunter-assassin in Vietnam, returning to New York to become--at age 22--one of the city’s leading nightclub impresarios, then journeying to Miami where in a few short years he would rise to become the Medellin Cartel’s most effective smuggler.
 
But that’s just half the tale. 
 
The roster of Roberts’ friends and acquaintances reads like a Who’s Who of the latter half of the 20th century and includes everyone from Jimi Hendrix, Richard Pryor, and O.J. Simpson to Carlo Gambino, Meyer Lansky, and Manuel Noriega.
 
Nothing if not colorful, Roberts surrounded himself with beautiful women, drove his souped-up street car at a top speed of 180 miles per hour, shared his bed with a 200-pound cougar, and employed a 6”6” professional wrestler called “The Thing” as his bodyguard.  Ultimately, Roberts became so powerful that he attracted the attention of the Republican Party’s leadership, was wooed by them, and even was co-opted by the CIA for which he carried out its secret agenda.
 
Scrupulously documented and relentlessly propulsive, this collaboration between a bloodhound journalist and one of the most audacious criminals ever is like no other crime book you’ve ever read.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307450449
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 11/01/2011
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 139,113
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

JON ROBERTS is considered most responsible for bringing cocaine into the United States during the era in which the Medellin Cartel flourished. He is a central figure in the documentary Cocaine Cowboys, which has been watched by millions. 

EVAN WRIGHT is a two-time National Magazine Award Winner and recipient of the Columbia University School of Journalism and Harvard University Niemen Foundation Lukas Prize. He is a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair and author of the bestseller Generation Kill as well as Hella Nation.

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American Desperado 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down, after I began. One long amazing adventure that you may think couldn't be true. The author extensively footnotes each chapter, often verifying Roberts' story. If you're looking for an exciting, easy to read book, this is it. You will not be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I sat fown and read this book in one sitting The best true crime book I've ever read
JEdoubleS More than 1 year ago
Found this book to be very interesting. It is hard to believe that Roberts lived this insane existence. Kept me entertained til the end!
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