Pablo Escobar, my father

Sebastián Marroquín

Book - 2016

"THE INTERNATIONAL BEST SELLER! When Pablo Escobar died in 1993, his seventeen-year-old son initially vowed revenge. But Juan Pablo quickly recognized that reaction entailed following in his father's footsteps--something neither he nor his father ever wanted. Their lives in immense danger, Juan Pablo, his mother, and his sister assumed new identities and fled to Argentina, where he would spend the next two decades grappling with his father's legacy. Now an architect and advocate o...f drug policy reform, Juan Pablo breaks his silence to tell his side of the story, shedding new light on the infamous kingpin--the man who was also his loving father"--

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Genres
Biographies
Published
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press 2016.
Edition
First U.S. edition
Language
English
Spanish
Physical Description
353 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
ISBN
9781250104625
1250104629
Main Author
Sebastián Marroquín (author)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In this surprisingly dispassionate account, Escobar examines the meteoric career of Pablo Escobar, a notorious Medellin cartel boss. To the world, the senior Escobar was a supervillain; to the author, he was Dad, and the son attempts to set the record straight about a man who had become myth long before his violent death. As a young criminal, Pablo Escobar stumbled into cocaine trafficking just as the demand for the white powder reached new highs in the U.S. Ruthlessness and business acumen gave him a lion's share of the growing market. He often said that if he didn't earn a million pesos by the time he was 30, he'd kill himself; in fact, by 30, he'd earned billions. For drug dealers, however, notoriety is the kiss of death; a bullet finished him on a Medellin rooftop in 1993, but not before he helped drag Colombia into chaos. His son grew up in a world of incredible privilege that included a private zoo on the family estate. Yet he also lived in isolation, his playmates a coterie of bodyguards. While focusing largely on his father, Escobar also includes the grim repercussions the cartel boss's career had on his family. The matter-of-fact prose serves the material well—when one's daily life is a surreal blur of excess and danger, there's no need for embellishment. Escobar, now an architect in Argentina, certainly has an agenda, but he's not oblivious to the lives cut short by his father's death dealing. As the closing acknowledgement states: "To my father, who showed me what path not to take." (Aug.) [Page ]. Copyright 2016 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

The son of Pablo Escobar reveals the full story behind his father's cocaine empire. An international best-seller.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The son of Pablo Escobar reveals the full story behind his father's cocaine empire.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"THE INTERNATIONAL BEST SELLER! When Pablo Escobar died in 1993, his seventeen-year-old son initially vowed revenge. But Juan Pablo quickly recognized that reaction entailed following in his father's footsteps--something neither he nor his father ever wanted. Their lives in immense danger, Juan Pablo, his mother, and his sister assumed new identities and fled to Argentina, where he would spend the next two decades grappling with his father's legacy. Now an architect and advocate of drug policy reform, Juan Pablo breaks his silence to tell his side of the story, shedding new light on the infamous kingpin--the man who was also his loving father"--

Review by Publisher Summary 4

The popular series Narcos captures only half the truth. This riveting, deeply personal memoir by Pablo Escobar's son reveals the full story.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

THE POPULAR SERIES NARCOS CAPTURES ONLY HALF THE TRUTH. HERE, AT LAST, IS THE FULL STORY.THE INTERNATIONAL BEST SELLER!Until now, we believed that everything had been said about the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar, the most infamous drug kingpin of all time, but these versions have always been told from the outside, never from the intimacy of his own home.More than two decades after the full-fledged manhunt finally caught up with the king of cocaine, Juan Pablo Escobar travels to the past to reveal an unabridged version of his father—a man capable of committing the most extreme acts of cruelty while simultaneously professing infinite love for his family.This is not the story of a child seeking redemption for his father, but a shocking look at the consequences of violence and the overwhelming need for peace and forgiveness.