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Snowblind: A Brief Career in the Cocaine Trade Paperback – October 1, 1998
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"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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A little light and defensive on the consequences of drug abuse.