Pablo Escobar Gaviria. "I prefer a grave in Colombia than a prison in the United States."


The book on the life of Pablo Escobar Gaviria details the story of one of the most infamous and powerful drug traffickers in Colombia, leader of the Medellín Cartel. Born on December 1, 1949, in Rionegro, Antioquia, Escobar began his criminal career trafficking cigarettes before delving into the lucrative drug trafficking business, eventually dominating the global cocaine trade.

Despite his opulence, Escobar was responsible for extreme violence, including the murder of judges, politicians, journalists, and numerous civilians in the so-called "war on drugs" in Colombia. His criminal empire granted him an estimated fortune of 8 billion dollars, keeping him on the Forbes list of the world's richest men for seven years.

In an attempt to launder his image, Escobar carried out charity actions and had a brief foray into politics, although his criminal links eventually led him to lose his seat in Congress and to be publicly pointed out for his illegal businesses. His fight against the Colombian government intensified in the 1980s, characterized by terrorist attacks and brutal violence.

In 1991, Escobar surrendered to the authorities under the condition of being detained in a luxury prison built to his specifications, from where he continued to commit crimes. He escaped in 1992, leading to an intense search by the government, culminating in his death on December 2, 1993.

Escobar's life also intertwines with personal and family stories, from his ancestry to his marriage and children, showing a man who, despite his immense power and wealth, left a legacy of violence and suffering. His death marked the end of an era but also highlighted Colombia's persistent struggle against drug trafficking.

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