Crime Rusty Young Marching Powder

ISBN 13: 9780283073731

Marching Powder

4.22 avg rating
( 12,566 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780283073731: Marching Powder

Rusty Young was backpacking in South America when he heard about Thomas McFadden, a convicted English drug trafficker who ran tours inside Bolivia’s notorious San Pedro prison. Intrigued, the twenty-something Australian law graduate travelled to La Paz and joined one of Thomas’s illegal tours. What followed took both men by surprise: they formed a strong and instant friendship and then became partners in an attempt to record Thomas’s experiences in the jail. Marching Powder is a shocking, darkly comic account of the life in San Pedro. In this bizarre prison, inmates are expected to buy their cells from real estate agents. Others run shops and restaurants, and hundreds of women and children live with imprisoned family members. It is a place where corrupt politicians and drug lords live in luxury apartments while the poorest prisoners are subjected to squalor and deprivation. Violence and crime are never far away, and sections of San Pedro that echo with the sound of children by day house some of Bolivia’s busiest cocaine laboratories by night. Sometimes shocking, sometimes funny, Marching Powder is an always riveting story of survival.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Rusty Young currently lives in Colombia, where he teaches English.

Thomas McFadden was released from San Pedro and now lives in England.

From Publishers Weekly:

This memoir of a British drug dealer's nearly five years inside a Bolivian prison provides a unique window on a bizarre and corrupt world. McFadden, a young black man from Liverpool arrested for smuggling cocaine, finds himself forced to pay for his accommodations in La Paz's San Pedro Prison, the first of many oddities in a place where some inmates keep pets and rich criminals can sustain a lavish lifestyle. The charismatic McFadden soon learns how to survive, and even thrive, in an atmosphere where crooked prison officials turn up at his private cell to snort lines of coke. By chance, he stumbles on an additional source of income when he begins giving tours of the prison to foreign tourists, a trade that leads to the mention in a Lonely Planet guidebook that attracts the attention of his coauthor, Young, who was backpacking in South America at the time. McFadden's unapologetic self-serving story will attract little pity as he freely admits to countless cocaine sales for which he was never held accountable. Once the authors chronicle the novel aspects of life in San Pedro, from which McFadden was released in 2000, the narrative loses momentum. The book would have benefited from some judicious editing and some objective perspective on the veracity of McFadden's story.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Young, Rusty
ISBN 10: 028307373X ISBN 13: 9780283073731
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
WorldofBooks
(Goring-By-Sea, WS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Bookseller Inventory # GOR001665281

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 3.26
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.98
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Young, Rusty
ISBN 10: 028307373X ISBN 13: 9780283073731
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
WorldofBooks
(Goring-By-Sea, WS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Fair. A readable copy of the book which may include some defects such as highlighting and notes. Cover and pages may be creased and show discolouration. Bookseller Inventory # GOR001265629

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 3.26
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.98
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Rusty Young
Published by Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd
ISBN 10: 028307373X ISBN 13: 9780283073731
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
ThriftBooks - Green Earth
(Portland, OR, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Appearance of only slight previous use. Cover and binding show a little wear. All pages are undamaged with potentially only a few, small markings. Bookseller Inventory # G028307373XI4N00

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 7.26
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Rusty Young
Published by Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd
ISBN 10: 028307373X ISBN 13: 9780283073731
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Free Shipping Books
(Toledo, OH, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd. Paperback. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. Light rubbing wear to cover, spine and page edges. Very minimal writing or notations in margins not affecting the text. Possible clean ex-library copy, with their stickers and or stamp(s). Bookseller Inventory # 2836393073

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 7.42
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Young, Rusty
Published by Sidgwick and Jackson, London, United Kingdom (2003)
ISBN 10: 028307373X ISBN 13: 9780283073731
Used Soft cover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Dust Jacket Books / Renee Lewis
(Halifax, NS, Canada)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Sidgwick and Jackson, London, United Kingdom, 2003. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Trade size soft cover tight and square, Unmarked, Edgewear and spine creases, Photos 371pp vg/--. Bookseller Inventory # 83303

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 10.20
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 8.95
From Canada to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Young, Rusty
Published by Sidgwick & Jackson (2003)
ISBN 10: 028307373X ISBN 13: 9780283073731
Used Trade Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Books Galore & More...
(Port Perry, ON, Canada)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Sidgwick & Jackson, 2003. Trade Paperback. Book Condition: Good +. Spine creased otherwise clean unmarked copy. Bookseller Inventory # 002954

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 33.00
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 12.00
From Canada to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds