The Accountant's Story
[inside the Violent World of the Medellín Cartel]Audiobook CD - 2009
Roberto Escobar was the top accountant for the notorious Medellín Cartel, and brother of Pablo Escobar, the most famous drug lord in history. At the height of his reign, Pablo's multibillion-dollar operation smuggled tons of cocaine each week into countries all over the world. Roberto and his ten accountants kept track of all the money. Only Pablo and Roberto knew where it was stashed -- and what it bought. And the amounts of money were simply staggering. According to Roberto, it cost $2,500 every month just to purchse the rubber bands needed to wrap the stacks of cash. The biggest problem was finding a place to store it: from secret compartments in walls and beneath swimming pools to banks and warehouses everywhere. There was so much money that Roberto would sometimes write off ten percent as "spoilage, " meaning either rats had chewed up the bills or dampness had ruined the cash. Roberto writes about the incredible violence of the cartel, but he also writes of the humanitarian side of his brother. Pablo built entire towns, gave away thousands of houses, paid people's medical expenses, and built schools and hospitals. Yet he was responsible for the horrible deaths of thousands of people. Few men in history have been more beloved -- or despised -- than Pablo Escobar. Now, for the first time, his story is told by the man who knew him best: his brother, Roberto.
Publisher: New York : Hachette Audio, p2009.
Branch Call Number: 363.450922 E74a
Characteristics: 9 sound discs (ca. 10 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.