The Druglord: a Historical Biography

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Based on the true life story of Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha, the drug lord of the Bogota branch of the Colombian Drug Cartel, this historical novel offers a factual and knowledgeable Colombian perspective that well connected Colombians have known for years: the real Drug Cartel, a group consisting of over two-hundred drug traffickers, met for the first time in 1976, not to discuss drugs, but to devise a solution to the kidnapping and murders inflicted upon them by the Marxist guerrillas. This led to cooperation on other matters --like cocaine. The Drug Lord, born an outcast in 1952, during Colombia's bloody civil war, rose from poverty to multi-billionaire status in the violent world of cocaine traffic. It is the gripping story of the Drug Lord's history when at age six, he witnesses the massacre of his family by the Colombian Army. It shows his involvement with the adolescent city gang, El Centro, which controlled Colombia's lucrative emerald black market, to the Cartel's development from a national to international status. The Drug Lord is also the story of a Colombia torn apart by violence --the oligarchy against the poor, government against popular uprisings, drug massacres, social and class conflicts, kidnappings-- of business, love and myopic U.S. policy in Latin America devoted to stamp communism at any price. Mr. Neissa posits that the Colombian Drug Cartel is, like the Mafia, deeply entrenched in their native cultures. Most highly recommended.

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