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    DescriptionRusty Young was backpacking in South America when he heard about Thomas McFadden, a convicted English drug trafficker who ran tours inside Bolivia's notorious San Pedro prison. Intrigued, the young Australian journalisted went to La Paz and joined one of Thomas's illegal tours. They formed an instant friendship and then became partners in an attempt to record Thomas's experiences in the jail. Rusty bribed the guards to allow him to stay and for the next three months he lived inside the prison, sharing a cell with Thomas and recording one of the strangest and most compelling prison stories of all time. The result is "Marching Powder." This book establishes that San Pedro is not your average prison. Inmates are expected to buy their cells from real estate agents. Others run shops and restaurants. Women and children live with imprisoned family members. It is a place where corrupt politicians and drug lords live in luxury apartments, while the poorest prisoners are subjected to squalor and deprivation. Violence is a constant threat, and sections of San Pedro that echo with the sound of children by day house some of Bolivia's busiest cocaine laboratories by night. In San Pedro, cocaine--"Bolivian marching powder"--makes life bearable. Even the prison cat is addicted. Yet "Marching Powder" is also the tale of friendship, a place where horror is countered by humor and cruelty and compassion can inhabit the same cell. This is cutting-edge travel-writing and a fascinating account of infiltration into the South American drug culture.

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    Marching Powder
    A True Story of Friendship, Cocaine, and South America's Strangest Jail
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Rusty Young, By (author) Thomas McFadden
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 371
    Width: 146 mm
    Height: 210 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 354 g
    ISBN 13: 9780312330347
    ISBN 10: 0312330340

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21600
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0
    BIC subject category V2: BG
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Ingram Theme: CULT/LATAME, CHRN/1990
    BISAC V2.8: SOC004000, TRU000000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 91
    BISAC V2.8: BIO024000, SOC030000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 97
    DC22: 365/.98412/092
    LC classification: HV9587.5 .Y68 2004
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    DC21: 365.98412092
    LC classification: HV9587.5.Y
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    Edition statement
    American ed
    St Martin's Press
    Imprint name
    Saint Martin's Griffin,U.S.
    Publication date
    01 May 2004
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Rusty Young currently lives in Colombia, where he teaches English. Thomas McFadden was released from San Pedro and now lives in England.