By Jon Roberts & Evan Wright
- Release Date: 2011-11-01
- Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
American Desperado Jon Roberts & Evan Wright Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
The true story of super-criminal Jon Roberts, star of the documentary Cocaine Cowboys.
American Desperado is Roberts’ no-holds-barred account of being born into Mafia royalty, witnessing his first murder at the age of seven, becoming a hunter-assassin in Vietnam, returning to New York to become--at age 22--one of the city’s leading nightclub impresarios, then journeying to Miami where in a few short years he would rise to become the Medellin Cartel’s most effective smuggler.
But that’s just half the tale.
The roster of Roberts’ friends and acquaintances reads like a Who’s Who of the latter half of the 20th century and includes everyone from Jimi Hendrix, Richard Pryor, and O.J. Simpson to Carlo Gambino, Meyer Lansky, and Manuel Noriega.
Nothing if not colorful, Roberts surrounded himself with beautiful women, drove his souped-up street car at a top speed of 180 miles per hour, shared his bed with a 200-pound cougar, and employed a 6”6” professional wrestler called “The Thing” as his bodyguard. Ultimately, Roberts became so powerful that he attracted the attention of the Republican Party’s leadership, was wooed by them, and even was co-opted by the CIA for which he carried out its secret agenda.
Scrupulously documented and relentlessly propulsive, this collaboration between a bloodhound journalist and one of the most audacious criminals ever is like no other crime book you’ve ever read.
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I am not a big reader. But I could not put this down.
This guy is the Forset gump of the drug world
Unable to put down. If mafia stories and drug smuggling interests you at all, this book is for you. You get not only Jon's perspective of things, but his cohorts as well.
Best criminal manuscript I've ever read
Ever since I finished both of Jordan Belfort's novels, I had been feeling somewhat of a void in my reading.... Until I found this. Never since "The Wolf Of Wall Street" series have I been so enthralled by a book. You feel like you're living the life of Jon Roberts. Make sure to have some anti-anxiety meds available because this book is dark. Very, very dark. 5 Stars
Hard to put down!
The book does, in some instances, follow the cocaine cowboy documentary but the details about specific situations really bring to life the era.
By Lions share 2011
This is the most riveting book I've read in over 10 years! If you're a fan of Cocaine Cowboys or just love context read this book!
I've read MANY gangster, and non fiction crime novels, and this is right up there with "The Westies" , and "Black Mass" this is an instant classic, If you think cuz you watched Cocaine Cowboys, you don't need to read this, your dead wrong. This is a well written novel that I just couldn't put down. A must read. It was good enough that it compelled me to write this review, Jon Roberts was a Gangsta!
More than powder.
Learning more details than what was in cocaine cowboys, and more this was soo hard to put down. But intertwined in it all you may learn something about yourself or others. --Quite frankly.. Jon Roberts is another forest gump kinda of life story. Amazing. Thank you John Riccobuono. You're awesome.
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