Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw Paperback – April 2, 2002
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"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
About the Author
- Publisher : Penguin Books; Reprint edition (April 2, 2002)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 296 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0142000957
- ISBN-13 : 978-0142000953
- Reading age : 18 years and up
- Item Weight : 10.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,024,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is absolutely fine if you are reading just to educate oneself or to gain information: I do want to do that, but I also want a little suspense on the way and to feel more involved in the characters described.
Bottom line is that I finished the book wiser, but it was a bit of a slog getting through it. A little more "novel" approach would have been good.
As the U.S. government became increasingly involved in the effort to bring justice to Pablo Escobar, the Americans tasked with the mission were becoming increasingly frustrated by their rules of engagement and the rampant corruption of the local gov't. At times, it seemed the only way to make progress was to break the rules.
In the end, there were a multitude of groups and government agencies involved with the hunt for Pablo. With politics, in-fighting, and corruption ever present, it is a small miracle they were ultimately successful.
Escobar was a terrorist of the first order and the fear he sowed within Columbia through the brutal tactics that eliminated of enemies in the drug trade, those in the government, police, military and judiciary and even those in his inner circle whom he believed had betrayed him. The extravagance and sophistication of his operations that at one point made him one of the richest people in the world allowed him to buy off any obstacle in such an impoverished nation and engender loyalty among the masses because he used his dirty money to build infrastructure to provide schools, clean water and the like that the government had not proved capable of doing.
The mass corruption his cartel undertook is staggering and the control and fear exerted on Columbian society is mind boggling to consider. Escobar's original capture was done on his terms and his jail was lavishly built and run by his cronies so he could run his empire in luxury and surrounded by his closest confidants.
The final part of the book tracks the epic manhunt for Escobar by the Columbian military with strong clandestine and technological support from the US that culminated in the epic showdown and hail of gunfire that brought down the terrorist that traumatized Columbian society through the most pernicious, traumatic and violent means.
Top reviews from other countries
Bowden's account is thorough without venturing into tedium. He humanises all the criminal players without glorifying their grotesque crimes. A thoroughly good read that I would be happy to recommend.
Perhaps this is an abridged version, if so, avoid and read the entire book on print... Pity