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Publisher's Summary

From the author of the number-one international best seller Gomorrah comes an electrifying investigation of the international cocaine trade, as vicious as it is powerful, and its hidden role in the global economy.

In many countries, "00", or double zero flour, is the finest, best flour on the market. Among narco-traffickers, then, "zero zero zero" is the nickname for the very purest, highest quality grade of cocaine. It is also the title of Roberto Saviano's unforgettable, internationally best-selling exploration of the inner workings of the global cocaine trade - its rules and armies - and the true depth of its reach into the world economy and, by extension, its grasp on us all.

Gomorrah, Saviano's explosive account of the Neapolitan mob, the Camorra, was a worldwide publishing sensation. It struck such a nerve with the Camorra that Saviano has had to live under 24-hour police protection for more than eight years. During this time he has come to know law enforcement agencies and officials around the world. With their cooperation Saviano has broadened his perspective to take in the entire global "corporate" entity that is the drug trade and the complex money-laundering operations that allow it to function, often with the complicity of the world's biggest banks.

The result is a truly harrowing and groundbreaking synthesis of intimate literary narrative and geopolitical analysis of one of the most powerful dark forces in our economy. Saviano tracks the shift in the cocaine trade's axis of power, from Colombia to Mexico, and relates how the Latin American cartels and gangs have forged alliances, first with the Italian crime syndicates, then with the Russians, Africans, and others. On the one hand, he charts a remarkable increase in sophistication as these criminal entities diversify into many other products and markets. On the other he reveals the astonishing increase in the severity of violence as they have fought to protect and extend their power.

©2015 Roberto Saviano (P)2015 Random House Audio

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This book been zero zero zero

Only people who finished it will understand what 000 mean. Great reporting as always

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  • Jason
  • 2015-07-27

Wowwowwow

At first I was wondering what did I get myself in to. But man with this Novel you realize that cocaine doesn't just hurt the person using it, it effects a lot more people than what you think. The brutal stories this writer speaks of are heart wrenching. No good news comes out of something involving the Drug Lords. Good for them for a bit but, in the end cocaine will find a way to even screw them and take them for all they've got too. If you ever wanted to know about cocaine and the people who grow it and sell it, Robert Saviano is your Willy Wonka he has your golden ticket in this Novel.

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  • Kimberly gaston
  • 2021-01-21

Very Passionate and Detailed.

This book gives a detailed explanation about the history and current cocaine epidemic. Some very gruesome stories about the inner workings of the cartels. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Mauricio padills
  • 2020-12-04

how much research must he have done

must read..he really breaks it down from bump to bricks to billions. I bought it thinking it was fictional basis for the Amazon show and was pleasantly surpised.

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  • Ricky Schiebner
  • 2020-12-04

a must read

An absolute must read. Very in-depth look at the history of the cartels around the world and how they are connected.

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  • Nazkill
  • 2020-03-15

fantastic

great book and performance. best book on the subject I have heard to date. highly recommend.

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  • Elias Sanchez Garcia
  • 2017-09-29

If you use cocaine, please read it!

Excellent! highly recommended to cocaine users around the world and people that are not reluctant to understand what's going on.

Thanks for bringing up this discussion!

Let's help people that are suffering the horrors of this blood-stained money by creating consciousness and awareness of what is behind it.

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  • onyekachi
  • 2017-07-26

Well researched

If you could sum up ZeroZeroZero in three words, what would they be?

Clear, intriguing, revealing

What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

Good voice

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

All the moments, i have not listened to this subject before

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A must read for all wondering minds!

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  • Davide
  • 2017-07-12

An enjoyable quick dip into the narco world.

Interesting book, far from the powerful Gomorrah's debut but still enjoyable. if you are interested in more in-depth information about narcos there a plenty of books out there, ZZZ barely scratches the surface.
An annoying detail: the audiobook reading is tampered with misspellings and sometimes major mistakes, maybe a better content review would have been appreciated.

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  • Mauricio Rivas
  • 2016-09-02

History of Mexican Narcos was good.

The part about Italy was interesting but I could not relate to them never having been there. Russian whatever they are called seem more ominous. However, I believe Mexico and central america is where our reading and making a new idea emerge. A new way of thinking. Basically LEGALIZE IT!

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  • Linzay
  • 2016-06-02

To many metaphors

This time was chocked full of metaphors, similes, etc. I found that kind of distracting.