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Oct 30, 2011 — Jon Roberts is the man considered most responsible for bringing cocaine into the US during the 1970s and '80s through the Medellin drug cartel. In American Desperado, a book he co-wrote with journalist Evan Wright, he tells all, from working in the Mafia in New York City to smuggling drugs in Miami.
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Oct 25, 2011 — In his new book, British journalist Ioan Grillo takes a close look at the Mexican drug war, starting with el narco, or the network of drug smugglers who cast a murderous shadow over Mexico.
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Oct 24, 2011 — Since 2006, 40,000 people have been murdered in Mexico as drug cartels battle each other and the Mexican military. Journalist Ioan Grillo traces how Mexico came to control drug trafficking in El Narco.
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May 28, 2009 — Brian O'Dea tried marijuana and saw dollar signs. By the early 1980s, he had built a $100 million a year smuggling operation, and a cocaine addiction. High is his memoir of dealing drugs, doing time, and seeking redemption.
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Jan 12, 2009 — Social scientist Luke Bergmann put himself in the story when he moved to Detroit to study the underground drug economy. The risk was worth it: Getting Ghost provides an eye-opening portrait of a dark, alternative world hidden in plain site.
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Mar 10, 2008 — The HBO series The Wire and its gripping, grim portrait of inner-city Baltimore has come to an end. The 60th and final episode was broadcast Sunday. Wire creator David Simon and co-producer Ed Burns reflect on the series.
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Mar 5, 2007 — Jeff Henderson discovered his love of food while working as a dishwasher in prison, where he served time for dealing drugs. Now the executive chef at Cafe Bellagio in Las Vegas, Henderson shares his story in Cooked, a new memoir.
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