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A detailed look inside a big drug cartel and how it was brought down,
This review is from: At the Devil's Table: The Untold Story of the Insider Who Brought Down the Cali Cartel (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Program (What's this?)My hometown, Cd. Juárez, has been experiencing a terrible increase in violence because of drug cartels. I was very interested in this book because I wanted to understand the situation Mexico is going through now, by reading about what Colombia went through 20 years ago.
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. Part of the reason Jorge agreed to tell his story to Bill Rempel (the author) was that he wanted to prevent others from making pacts with the Devil, as mentioned in the book:
"My story should start by saying, if you are invited into such an organization, stop---stop and run away. Don't think you can ever fully escape."
Overall, a very interesting book that is well worth reading.