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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

AMERICAN DESPERADO
MY LIFE - FROM MAFIA SOLDIER TO COCAINE COWBOY TO SECRET GOVERNMENT ASSET

BY

JON ROBERTS
AND
EVAN WRIGHT


I'm a junkie for any kind of book about cocaine and marijuana smuggling - fiction or non-fiction, it doesn't matter to me, I just love the subject. I always thought that BLOW by Bruce Porter - the wild tale of nose candy smuggler George Jung that was later turned into an excellent flick starring Johnny Depp - was the best on the shelves. That is until I read American Desperado. Don't get me wrong now, I still think BLOW is still the slightly better book, but not by much, maybe the width of a finely cut line of Peruvian toot. Desperado is that good.

American Desperado is the true story of Jon Roberts who was born into the Mafia, served in Vietnam as a Special Forces trained assassin, returned to New York and became a fixture in the 1970s nightclub scene, and eventually moved to Miami where he would become one of the biggest cocaine smugglers for the Medellin Cartel. To top it all off, before he eventually went to prison he was employed by the good old CIA.

In between all of that he found time to "party" with folks like O.J Simpson, Mercury Morris, James Caan, Richard Pryor, Jimi Hendrix, members of the Pittsburgh Steelers the night before a Super Bowl, and Ed Sullivan who he dosed with a hit of LSD and then turned a hooker loose on!  Can you imagine what was going on in the mind of poor old Ed? The list of celebrities that hung with this guy is seemingly endless.

He was no slouch in the organized crime department either with associates such as legendary organized crime boss Meyer Lansky, Max Mermelstein - the top American in the Medellin Cartel, Don Ochoa - the Godfather of the Cartel, Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, and Carlos Gambino, to name a few.

Of course, Barry Seal will pop up in this book as he has in almost every book you will read about American drug smuggling. Barry Seal was a CIA employed pilot and DEA undercover operative who was also one of the most successful drug and gun smuggling pilots of all time.  Jon Roberts would work with Barry Seal for close to six years before Seal was gunned downed by either the government or the Cartel, depending on who you believe. Seal deserves a book himself - Lee Harvey Oswald was in his Civil Air Patrol club when he was a teenage pilot and when Seal was killed he supposedly had the home phone number of the senior George Bush in his briefcase. Doesn't anyone else find that slightly weird?

Roberts is the subject of the documentary - Cocaine Cowboys and Mark Wahlberg is also going to be bringing his story to the big screen.

You can't go wrong with this book in you're are interested in this genre. Great read!