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Publisher's Summary

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 Medellín 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 300 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.

©2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc. (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Great Audio Book !! The story is moving, and the narrator does a decent job of keeping you interested.

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A biography worth reading about a very complex man

This was a terrifically told, but tragic story about a man with a HUGE heart. A man who was largely responsible for introducing cocaine to the United States. George Jung clearly had a heart of gold. Unfortunately, he was also flawed. If his life had gone differently, this is the type of man whose name would be everyone's minds. A name people would never forget because of how genuine and generous he was.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-09-06

Head shaking story!

Amazing the things people will do for money! The movie does not even touch on the full story of George. It’s a great read if you are in to Crime books.

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  • Elisha
  • 2018-08-30

Fantastic

Fantastic account of Boston George. A enthralling look at the life of one of the United States most notorious drug smugglers.

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  • Grove girl
  • 2020-10-01

Great book

I could barely stand listening to the reader not finishing his words although sometimes the lead characters name is George at other times it sounds like “Nore” The book is great though two thumbs up

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  • ProfessorEric
  • 2019-07-28

great story

as per usual the book is far superior to the movie! story was highly detailed with the exploits of george jung! have recommended to many people and will continue to do so!

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  • Robert Castellano
  • 2018-07-05

excellent read very In depth

very very good books I love how's it going to detail how the drug trade works definitely a good read

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  • DAMIAN
  • 2018-06-15

Scary Journey But Sad Ending

The narrators voice was very pleasing and easy to understand the most memorable part in the book was at the end when his dad played the cassette in his car over and over again telling him good bye for the last time from prison very good book very well layed out it becomes more adventurous towards the last 40% of the book.

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  • Lauren
  • 2021-08-21

Massachusetts residents beware

I’m from this area and I’m really interested in this story, but I can’t listen to this terrible accent. This isn’t how we talk and it makes this audiobook unlistenable.

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  • James Schupner
  • 2022-05-20

great

the story was very good and it made for great listening. going to find more of the like.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2022-05-06

Real life

Fascinating man. He lived the dream. But all dreams end. His sure did. Hope he eventually found comfort.

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  • 2022-05-03

Great Book

I'm pretty sure no piece of literature will ever enthrall you so deep into The Life and times of George Jung. you will laugh, you will smile and yes you will cry ! You will grow a feeling of connection to this man, and you will feel empathetic to the situation even after all is said and done.