Territories of Conflict
Author: Andrea Fanta Castro, Alejandro Herrero-Olaizola, Chloe Rutter-Jensen
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer
This interdisciplinary volume investigates the cultural and political landscapes of Colombia through citizenship, displacement, local and global cultures, grass-root movements, political activism, human rights, environmentalism, and media productions.
Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria was born on December 1, 1949 in Rionegro, the Antioquia Department of Colombia. His father, Abel de JesĂșs Dari Escobar, was a farmer and his mother, Hermilda Gaviria, was a teacher in an elementary school in the area. He was the third of seven children of his parents and began his criminal activities as a teenager. Some reports claim that he would steal gravestones, sand them down, and then resell them to smugglers. However, his brother denies that he used to steal those gravestones. His friends and family report that Pablo would often tell them that he wanted to become the president of Colombia. Instead, he became the world's most notorious drug lord.
Author: T. J. English
âA mob saga that has it allâbrotherhood and betrayal, swaggering power and glittering success, and a Godfather whose reach seems utterly unrivaled. What a relentless, irresistible read.â â Don Winslow, New York Times bestselling author of The Force A fascinating, cinematic, multigenerational history of the Cuban mob in the US from "Americaâs top chronicler of organized crime"* and New York Times bestselling author of Havana Nocturne. By the mid 1980s, the criminal underworld in the United States had become an ethnic polyglot; one of the most powerful illicit organizations was none other than the Cuban mob. Known on both sides of the law as "the Corporation," the Cuban mobâs power stemmed from a criminal culture embedded in south Floridaâs exile communityâthose who had been chased from the island by Castroâs revolution and planned to overthrow the Marxist dictator and reclaim their nation. An epic story of gangsters, drugs, violence, sex, and murder rooted in the streets, The Corporation reveals how an entire generation of political exiles, refugees, racketeers, corrupt cops, hitmen, and their wives and girlfriends became caught up in an American saga of desperation and empire building. T. J. English interweaves the voices of insiders speaking openly for the first time with a trove of investigative material he has gathered over many decades to tell the story of this successful criminal enterprise, setting it against the larger backdrop of revolution, exile, and ethnicity that makes it one of the great American gangster stories that has been overlookedâuntil now. Drawing on the detailed reporting and impressive volume of evidence that drive his bestselling works, English offers a riveting, in-depth look at this powerful and sordid crime organization and its hold in the US.
Before his mysterious disappearance and probable death in 1971, Oscar Zeta Acosta was famous as a Robin Hood Chicano layer and notorious as the real-life model for Hunter S. Thompson's "Dr. Gonzo," a fat, pugnacious attorney with a gargantuan appetite for food, drugs, and life on the edge. Written with uninhibited candor and manic energy, this book is Acosta's own account of coming of age as a Chicano in the psychedelic sixties, of taking on impossible cases while breaking all tile rules of courtroom conduct, and of scrambling headlong in search of a personal and cultural identity. It is a landmark of contemporary Hispanic-American literature, at once ribald, surreal, and unmistakably authentic.
Author: Mark Bowden
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Killing Pablo is the story of the fifteen-month manhunt for Colombian cocaine cartel kingpin Pablo Escobar, whose escape from his lavish, mansionlike jail drove a nation to the brink of chaos. In a gripping, up-close account, acclaimed journalist Mark Bowden exposes the never-before-revealed details of how U.S. military and intelligence operatives covertly led the mission to find and kill the world's most dangerous outlaw. Drawing on unprecedented access to the soldiers, field agents, and officials involved in the chase, as well as hundreds of pages of top-secret documents and transcripts of Escobar's intercepted phone conversations, Bowden creates a narrative that reads as if it were torn from the pages of a Tom Clancy technothriller. Killing Pablo also tells the story of Escobar's rise, how he built a criminal organization that would hold an entire nation hostage -- and the stories of the intrepid men who would ultimately bring him down. There is Steve Jacoby, the leader of Centra Spike, the ultrasecret U.S. special forces team that would use cutting-edge surveillance technology to find one man among a nation of 37 million. There is Morris Busby, U.S. ambassador to Colombia, who would convince the Bush administration to approve the deployment of the shadowy Delta Force operators who would be the key to the drug lord's demise. And there is Escobar's archenemy, Col. Hugo Martinez, the leader of Colombia's federal police, who would turn down a $6 million bribe, survive countless attempts on his life, and endure a humiliating exile while waging his battle against the drug lord's criminal empire. It was Martinez's son, raised in the shadow of constant threat from Escobar's followers, who would ultimately track the fugitive to a Bogota rooftop on the fateful day in 1993 when the outlaw would finally meet his end. Action-packed and unputdownable, Killing Pablo is a tour de force of narrative journalism and a stark portrayal of rough justice in the real world.
Ever Wondered how Benicio Del Toro rose to stardom? The three most coveted awards in the American film industry are The Oscars, the Golden Globes, and the Screen Actorsâ Guild Awards. In order for an actor to win all three in one year, the stars themselves must align. The actor must give a performance that is both stunningly original and brilliantly executed. There have only been a handful of actors who have earned the distinction of sweeping all three in a single year. Sometimes, the winning portrayal is of a particular historical figure or a contemporary great. For more interesting facts You must read the book. Grab Your Biography book NOW!
Ever wondered how Emily Blunt and Benicio Del Toro rose to stardom? The three most coveted awards in the American film industry are The Oscars, the Golden Globes, and the Screen Actorsâ Guild Awards. In order for an actor to win all three in one year, the stars themselves must align. The actor must give a performance that is both stunningly original and brilliantly executed. There have only been a handful of actors who have earned the distinction of sweeping all three in a single year. Sometimes, the winning portrayal is of a particular historical figure or a contemporary great. Twenty five years ago, not many people would have expected a young British girl with a speech impediment to become one of the most highly esteemed actresses in Hollywood. However, Emily Blunt was always destined for greatness â whether those around her could recognize that or not. As she grew into a beautiful and confident young woman, her determination and natural talent instantly launched her into theater, then the independent film circuit, and finally straight into leading roles of high grossing blockbuster. For more interesting facts you must read the biographies. Grab Your Biography books now!
The Enemy in Contemporary Film
Author: Martin LĂ¶schnigg, Marzena SokoĆowska-ParyĆŒ
Publisher: de Gruyter
"The Enemy in Contemporary Film analyses the (de-) and (re)constructions of enemy images in international film since the 1970s. Contexts and conceptions range from military conflict to dictatorship, collaboration, the war on drugs and ethno-cultural groups as 'enemy'. In particular, the essays collected in this volume concentrate on the impact which filmically mediated images of the 'enemy' have had on national cultural memories"--
Author: Anthony Lane
Anthony Lane on Con Airâ âAdvance word on Con Air said that it was all about an airplane with an unusually dangerous and potentially lethal load. Big deal. You should try the lunches they serve out of Newark. Compared with the chicken napalm I ate on my last flight, the men in Con Air are about as dangerous as balloons.â Anthony Lane on The Bridges of Madison Countyâ âI got my copy at the airport, behind a guy who was buying Playboyâs Book of Lingerie, and I think he had the better deal. He certainly looked happy with his purchase, whereas I had to ask for a paper bag.â Anthony Lane on Martha Stewartâ âSuper-skilled, free of fear, the last word in human efficiency, Martha Stewart is the woman who convinced a million Americans that they have the time, the means, the right, andâdamn itâthe duty to pipe a little squirt of soft cheese into the middle of a snow pea, and to continue piping until there are âfifty to sixtyâ stuffed peas raring to go.â For ten years, Anthony Lane has delighted New Yorker readers with his film reviews, book reviews, and profiles that range from Buster Keaton to Vladimir Nabokov to Ernest Shackleton. Nobodyâs Perfect is an unforgettable collection of Laneâs trademark wit, satire, and insight that will satisfy both the long addicted and the not so familiar. From the Trade Paperback edition.
John Milton's overwhelming masterpiece, "Paradise Lost" is transformed into simple, everyday language. Milton's poem is on each left-hand page, and the Plain English version is across from it. Corresponding numbered lines make for easy comparison.
Author: J.D. Rockefeller
Publisher: J.D. Rockefeller
Life is what you make it. Nobody can ever tell how in the world a young middle-class and innocent boy became one of the most wanted and most notorious criminal in the world. Sometimes, circumstances can change an angel into a devil and vice versa. A person is the only one who can decide for his own life and of the future that he would love to have soon. Money is one of the things that can make a person change into someone that is very unlike of him. Pablo Escobar is one of those innocent people who became the most destructive person of the past due to some changes in his life that had a great influence on him. Who says that only those celebrities are the most influential and most famous persons on earth? Pablo Escobar is famous not because he is a celebrity, but because he was one of the most notorious and richest Colombian drug lord who has supplied over 80% of cocaine that were smuggled into the United States. Pablo Escobar was widely known in the world as the "King of Cocaine" and became a big name in the industry of black market when he became the wealthiest criminal that has ever lived in history; with an estimated net worth of about 30 billion US dollars way back in the early 1990s. Aside from that, he had an approximately 50 billion US dollars when his money that was buried in several parts of Colombia are included. This book tells the beginnings and the brutal rise as well as the fall of the world's most dangerous outlaw and Colombian King of Cocaine Pablo Escobar, whose injustice criminal empire and reign held a whole nation of over 30 million hostages. His criminal empire has brought a reign of complete chaos and terror that would only end with Pablo Escobar's death and this had happened after a 16-month manhunt for Escobar. At his height and peak of success in 1980s, Pablo Escobar owned planes and fleets of luxury boats, and 19 different residences and mansions in Medellin, each with its very own helipad. There are many attempts to capture him, but he just simply bought off the police, judges and politicians all throughout the country and he killed the others who did not cooperate with him. The Colombian government tried many times to capture him, but he always evaded them. But in 1988, around one thousand national police searched and raided one of his luxurious mansions and with pure luck, he was caught with his pants down, literally.
No Hunger In Paradise
Author: Michael Calvin
Publisher: Random House
Shortlisted for the British Sports Book Awards 2018 âWhatâs your dream, son?â A six year-old boy, head bowed, mumbles the eternal answer: âBe a footballer....â Steadman Scott, footballâs most unlikely talent scout, smiles indulgently, and takes him in from the street. He knows the odds. Only 180 of the 1.5 million boys who play organised youth football in England will become a Premier League pro. Thatâs a success rate of 0.012 per cent. How and why do the favoured few make it? What separates the good from the great? Who should they trust â the coach, the agent or their parents? Michael Calvin provides the answers on a journey from non-league grounds to hermetically sealed Premier League palaces, via gang-controlled sink estates and the England teamâs inner sanctum. He interviews decision makers, behavioural specialists, football agents and leading coaches. He shares the hopes and fears of players and their parents. He exposes bullying and a black economy in which children are commodities, but remains true to the dream.
"THE INTERNATIONAL BEST SELLER! When Pablo Escobar died in 1993, his seventeen-year-old son initially vowed revenge. But Juan Pablo quickly recognized that reaction entailed following in his father's footsteps--something neither he nor his father ever wanted. Their lives in immense danger, Juan Pablo, his mother, and his sister assumed new identities and fled to Argentina, where he would spend the next two decades grappling with his father's legacy. Now an architect and advocate of drug policy reform, Juan Pablo breaks his silence to tell his side of the story, shedding new light on the infamous kingpin--the man who was also his loving father"--
More Terrible Than Death is a gripping work that maps the dramatic new relationship between the United States and Colombia in human terms, using portraits of the Colombians and Americans involved, the author's experiences in Colombia as a writer and human rights investigator and an insider's analysis of the political realities that shape the expanding war on drugs and the growing U.S. military presence there. Looking at the war from the ground up, interviewing and profiling human rights activists, guerrillas, and paramilitaries to explain how it has changed their lives, Robin Kirk gives depth and meaning to the headlines that leave unexplained the intimate dimension of the U.S./Colombian relationship.
From London to Corsica to Paris--as a young woman pursues the truth about her late mother, two captivating love stories unfurl. Kate Darling's enigmatic mother--a once-famous ballerina--has passed away, leaving Kate bereft. When her grandmother falls ill and bequeaths to Kate a small portrait of a woman who bears a striking resemblance to Kate's mother, Kate uncovers a mystery that may upend everything she thought she knew. Kate's journey to find the true identity of the woman in the portrait takes her to some of the world's most iconic and indulgent locales, revealing a love story that began in the wild 1920s and was disrupted by war and could now spark new love for Kate. Alternating between Kate's present-day hunt and voices from the past, THE BOOK OF LOST AND FOUND casts light on family secrets and love-both lost and found.