BLOW: How a Small-Town Boy Made $100 Million with the

BLOW: How a Small-Town Boy Made $100 Million with the Medellin Cocaine Cartel And Lost It All BLOW is the unlikely story of George Jung s roller coaster ride from middle class high school football hero to the heart of Pable Escobar s Medellin cartel the largest importer of the United States cocaine supply in the s Jung s early business of flying marijuana into the United States from the mountains of Mexico took a dramatic turn when he met Carlos Lehder, a young Colombian car thief with connections to the then newly born cocaine operation in his native land Together they created a new model for selling cocaine, turning a drug used primarily by the entertainment elite into a massive and unimaginably lucrative enterprise one whose earnings, if legal, would have ranked the cocaine business as the sixth largest private enterprise in the Fortune The ride came to a screeching halt when DEA agents and Florida police busted Jung with three hundred kilos of coke, effectively unraveling his fortune But George wasn t about to go down alone He planned to bring down with him one of the biggest cartel figures ever caughtWith a riveting insider account of the lurid world of international drug smuggling and a super charged drama of one man s meteoric rise and desperate fall, Bruce Porter chronicles Jung s life using unprecedented eyewitness sources in this critically acclaimed true crime classic 4.5 rounded to 5 stars This was a very interesting audio book that made my drive fly by I found myself intrigued by the sure audacity of the smuggling and the amount of money involved in the drug trade While the book had me pulling for the small town boy, I couldn t hep but think of the millions of people that were ruined by the drugs he and his friends smuggled into the U.S The book now has me wanting to see the movie. Who hasn t seen the blockbuster movie of a true story of George Jung, the man who, if you snorted blow in the late 1970 s to early 1980 s, there was an 85% chance it came from him and his partner But how many of the fans know Jung s real story While the movie is sexier andHollywood for viewers, the book delivers an unflinching true account of Jung s wild life And while the movie makes him look like a good person with the occasional lapse in judgement sometimes moral, sometimes strategi Who hasn t seen the blockbuster movie of a true story of George Jung, the man who, if you snorted blow in the late 1970 s to early 1980 s, there was an 85% chance it came from him and his partner But how many of the fans know Jung s real story While the movie is sexier andHollywood for viewers, the book delivers an unflinching true account of Jung s wild life And while the movie makes him look like a good person with the occasional lapse in judgement sometimes moral, sometimes strategical Bruce Porter s version of events which inspired the book is muchreal and, in my opinion, wildly entertaining And, yes, there are some MAJOR differences in the stories In real life, one of the funniest variations of the facts was Derek Foreal I know the real guy must be extremely irate about how he was depicted in the movie and I still can t really figure out how he came out this way in the script In reality he was a hard core marine with an extensive knowledge of combat and military tactics but was depicted as a flamboyant homosexual drug lord While he did inherit a chain of male hair salons, he was anything but feminine in nature Few things like this were changed around throughout the silverscreen telling of the story but that was the biggest slip I can remember In general, the book isentertaining, albeit much longer but you learn that George Jung, while a clever businessman and most times a decent friend and family man, most times, wasn t all that good of a person But the reader can t help but fly through the so called sleigh ride to hell glued to the book Loved it Went intodetail than the movie rhe stories and adventures they get up to areextreme Good read This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This is a really fascinating story, and proves the old cliche that the truth is often stranger and I would add,interesting than fiction I picked this up on a whim having had it on my shelf for years I got it for free after a reissue, I guess I d already seen the movie, but it s definitelyinvolved and better than the movie Still makes me want to see the movie again just for comparison.It s flabbergasting what drug smugglers were able to get away with in the 60s and 70s before This is a really fascinating story, and proves the old cliche that the truth is often stranger and I would add,interesting than fiction I picked this up on a whim having had it on my shelf for years I got it for free after a reissue, I guess I d already seen the movie, but it s definitelyinvolved and better than the movie Still makes me want to see the movie again just for comparison.It s flabbergasting what drug smugglers were able to get away with in the 60s and 70s before the real crackdown began And even though I know George Jung affected countless lives, many probably in negative ways, his character is still sympathetic and likeable Most amazing was his inability to get out of the business, no matter how it endangered him That lure of money and drugs was too much, and in Porter s account, Jung keeps going as the reader increasingly urges him to get out before it s too late

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