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At the Devil's Table: The Untold Story of the Insider Who Brought Down the Cali Cartel Hardcover – June 21, 2011
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“A fast-paced, heart-racing nonfiction thriller.”—Kirkus Reviews
"In this powerful and riveting work of nonfiction, William Rempel demonstrates the virtues of investigative reporting. Gaining access to the figure that could—and indeed did—spill the secrets that brought down a cartel, Rempel has an extraordinary story to tell. He not only takes the reader inside the hidden world of the drug cartels. He also provides a fascinating character study of a man who must answer a simple harrowing question: Should he risk his life in order to save his soul, or should he keep a pact with the devil?"—David Grann, author of The Lost City of Z
“Bill Rempel has earned his reputation as one of America's finest investigative reporters the old fashioned way -- by getting people to tell him explosive stories they won't talk about with anyone else. At the Devil's Table brings Rempel's skills to the fore as never before, revealing the graphic details of Colombia's bloody drug wars from the ultimate insider. By the end, you realize that the biggest mystery is how Jorge Salcedo stayed alive long enough to tell Rempel about his amazing life.”—James Risen, author of State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration
“This fast-paced, beautifully crafted piece of storytelling is filled with unexpected twists and genuine humanity. Rempel weaves extraordinary access to the ruthless world of the drug cartels into a gripping and elegant work of true crime and redemption. In the hands of a masterful reporter and storyteller, even readers familiar with the forbidden realms of traffickers are in for a thrill-ride of surprises with some of the most intriguing characters in non-fiction.”—Douglas Frantz, federal investigator and co-author of The Nuclear Jihadist and Fallout
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The story is his recollection of events as revealed to a well-respected LA Times reporter over a number of years, almost entirely by phone - Salcedo is well tucked away in the Federal Witness Protection program - and supplemented with other material, including from the many, many trials that he and other key insiders provided. It's a complex and compelling story that makes Goodfellas, the Sopranos and even the Godfather look almost quaint.Read more ›
Rempel's book took many years in the making as he slowly pieced together the life of Jorge Salcedo as a member of the Cali Cartel. At times you wonder if Salcedo is trying to save face, trying to make himself not a part of the Cali Cartel, at least the violent part of it, but then you immediately brush it aside and accept Rempel's story for what it is: a career man sucked in to the life of violence, unable to extricate himself. What is truly astonishing is how important he was to the Cali Cartel's main boss, Miguel Rodriguez, as his chief of security, and the amount of intel he was able to take in just from being close to the big man and trusted and accepted by everyone else.
Of course he wasn't privy to all the details of the cartel, such as most of the trafficking as well as the violence and death that was meted out as though it was just anther day in the park. But what we do get is a man who knows intimate details of those that the Cali cartel interacted with, either through first hand or through a second hand source. As his importance grew within the cartel so did the responsibilities expected of him, which is where he drew the line at murder. Rempel makes a point to tell the reader that Salcedo knew he was taking part in dubious acts, like plotting the murder of Pablo Escobar, or aiding and abetting serious crimes. Made a point of showing that he always justified it in his head, by playing the hero figure or protecting lives and families.Read more ›
This book follows Jorge Salcedo, an engineer (with military background) who was hired by the Cali cartel to orchestrate the murder of Pablo Escobar, the leader of the Medellin cartel. It seemed to Jorge that Pablo was a monster and the Cali cartel wasn't, so he joined the Cali cartel on this enterprise. Jorge was a master of radio communications and ended up being the main person protecting the leader of the Cali cartel. Little by little, he realized that his cartel was as monstrous as the Medellin cartel and he wanted out. This is the tale of how he got out, bringing down the Cali cartel with him.
The story is very exciting and very interesting. It made me understand how difficult it is to capture drug lords when they live in such a corrupt society. The Cali cartel had many important politicians, police officers and military generals bribed. They had incredible economic power, they had great resources to prevent the police raids, they also had great bunkers to hide the leaders if the police managed to find the house they were living in.
This book can also help one understand why it was so difficult to find Osama Bin Laden or why so many people can join such an evil organization. People can just rationalize their way of life. The main character Jorge, always had a rationalization to feel like he wasn't evil in the organization.Read more ›
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better than most other books on the subject. Well researched... a very good read... dammed odd its so hard to find???Published 25 days ago by JOHN
Amazing book, it tells the whole story about the Cali cartel, this book is an amazing, eye-capturing book, I personally lived in Cali during this period where the cartels where at... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Carlos portela
Excellent book! Told from the perspective of someone who got out!!! Riveting, I couldn't put it down!Published 5 months ago by Melissa Orruego
Great story, great writing, so real. We lived in the cities he describes shortly before the events took place.... The memories come flooding back vividly. Highly recommended.Published 7 months ago by Hildie
Wow! I loved this book. What an interesting story. You start off thinking you are better than the rest and can make a difference and before you know it, you are in the muck! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Barbara James