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Snowblind: A Brief Career in the Cocaine Trade Paperback – October 1, 1998
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From the Back Cover
"A flat-out ballbuster. It moves like a threshing machine with a fuel tank full of ether. . . . Sabbag is a whip-song writer."-Hunter S. Thompson
Snowblind is an all-out, nonstop, and now-classic look at the cocaine trade through the eyes of smuggler Zachary Swan. In a brief, Roman-candle career, Swan served an elegant clientele, traveling between Bogota and the nightclubs of New York, inventing intricate scams to outmaneuver the feds. Creating diversions that were characteristically baroque, surviving on ingenuity and idiot's luck, he discovered in the process a hip, dangerous, high-velocity world that Robert Sabbag evokes with extraordinary power and humor.
"One of the best books about drugs ever written."-Robert Stone
"One of the first books about the cocaine trade and it is still among the best."-Norman Mailer
"An extremely rare cut of dry wit, poetry, rock-hard fact and relentless insight."-Rolling Stone
"A triumphant piece of reporting."-The New Yorker
"A witty, intelligent, fiercely stylish, drug-induced exemplary tale."-Los Angeles Times
"The ultimate slide down the precipice of hip."-Susan Brownmiller
"One of the most dazzling and spectacular pieces of reporting I have ever read."-Nora Ephron
"A classic."-The National Review
Robert Sabbag is a regular contributor to Rolling Stones and writes for numerous national magazines. His book Too Tough to Die brought the U.S. Marshals to their current prominence in the popular media. His New York Times Magazine cover story on the Witness Protection Program is being adapted by HBO.
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Top Customer Reviews
Sabbag manages to write a funny, entertaining and well defined book about what the beginning of the cocaine smuggling was. He has inherited the best ways of HUnter S. Thompson without loosing and inch of his own style. This book is the "bible" for all smugglers. In the last edition of Cannongate there is an introduction by Howard Marks, author of the bestseller "Mr Nice". Well, if you liked "Mr Nice" this book goes way beyond in the form and in the content. The characters shown are interesting and relevant to the story, the information delivered will not bore you. Sabbag tells what he has to (a lot) and misses what would bore you.
Normally drug books will fall into topics like rude language and obscure characters most of the time very badly developped, now, Zachary Swan is a dandy, the language is only rude when there are direct implications for it to be so (not often) and when you finish the book you have the feeling you have gone through the adventure with the Silver Fox (name given to Swan by Canadian Jack).
SPOILER ALERT: One vignette included, I suppose, as a dangerous episode, was unintentionally laughable: Zachary Swan (the name itself gets overused and irritating) ALMOST gets kidnapped but the kidnappers get in the car first so he escapes. Really? Three guys don't run after him? They sure don't sound like the real deal to me. Try "Murder Machine" or "The Westies" for 1970's drug drama - believe you me, no one got away.