Blow is the unlikely story of George Jung's roller-coaster ride from middle-class high school football hero to the heart of Pablo Escobar's Medellin cartel—the largest importer of the United States cocaine supply in the 1980s. 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 500.
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 caught.
With a riveting insider account of the lurid world of international drug smuggling and a supercharged 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.
Only the good die Jung!
This book is an excellent read and the character George jung it follows even better if you're into memoirs about outlaws.
The only gripe I had with this book is the way author would explain the locations. I found it a little confusing at times. I mean we've all seen the movie so it's easy to piece together. When this book came out in 1994.
could see the reader confusing one Manhattan beach for another or to pastime of George's in Boston. it feels a little fragmented.
But overall this is a minor complaint and a highly addictive book to read ;-)
Long live Boston George.