"Killing Pablo" is a fascinating look into the life of Columbia's most notorious outlaw, Pablo Escobar.
The book chronicles Escobar's life as a career criminal, street hustler and car thief. While still a young man, he forces his way into the drug trafficking trade at a time when cocaine use in America was at an all time high. At the peak of his power he becomes a billionaire, the world's 7th richest man. He even manages to obtain a seat as an alternate in his country's Congress, thus giving him additional immunity.
Escobar is the head of the Medillin' drug cartel, providing protection for growers, producers, and smugglers. It is a story of raw arrogance involving bribery to virtually everyone and if that option wasn't selected, then you were simply murdered. Take his silver or take his lead, was the saying...
Escobar's foray into politics becomes his downfall. He becomes a wanted fugitive with pressure from the United States. He faces self exile, returns to his country, and is eventually killed in a relentless pursuit to end his reign of terror which has left hundreds if not thousands dead. He is eventually killed and the book has a photo of the men that killed him actually smiling over his body.
The book starts a little slow as you obtain an understanding of Escobar's roots and a rough sketch of Columbia and it's political history and landscape. His audacity and arrogancee will leave you shaking your head. Well worth a look.