Killing Pablo

Killing Pablo : The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw

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A tour de force of investigative journalism-this is the story of the violent rise and fall of Pablo Escobar, the head of the Colombian Medellin cocaine cartel. Escobar's criminal empire held a nation of thirty million hostage in a reign of terror that would only end with his death. In an intense, up-close account, award-winning journalist Mark Bowden exposes details never before revealed about the U.S.-led covert sixteen-month manhunt. With unprecedented access to important players--including Colombian president Cisar Gaviria and the incorruptible head of the special police unit that pursued Escobar, Colonel Hugo Martinez-as well as top-secret documents and transcripts of Escobar's intercepted phone conversations, Bowden has produced a gripping narrative that is a stark portrayal of rough justice in the real world.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 137.16 x 213.36 x 20.32mm | 226.8g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • The Penguin Press
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0142000957
  • 9780142000953
  • 199,450

About Mark Bowden

Mark Bowden is the author of Bringing the Heat and Doctor Dealer. He has been a reporter at the Philadelphia Inquirer for twenty years. He has also written for Men's Journal, Sports Illustrated, and Rolling Stone. He was a 1999 National Book Award Finalist for Black Hawk Down.
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Review quote

"A master of narrative journalism, [Bowden] employs the same techniques of reconstructing scenes and dialogue that made his Black Hawk Down gripping reading." --The New York Times Book Review
"The story of how the U.S. Army Intelligence and Delta Force commandos helped Colombian police track down and kill Pablo Escobar is a compelling, almost Shakespearean tale." --Los Angeles Times
"Absolutely riveting. . . . Bowden has a way of making modern nonfiction read like the best of novels." --The Denver Post
"Compellingly detailed.... Reads like a Clancyesque thriller; it's fast-paced, full of page-turning intrigue, corruption, and thwarted pursuit." --San Francisco Chronicle
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Table of contents

The Rise of El Doctor
The First War
Imprisonment and Rescue
Los Pepes
The Kill
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11,529 ratings
3.93 out of 5 stars
5 26% (2,974)
4 46% (5,359)
3 24% (2,730)
2 3% (390)
1 1% (76)
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