Marching Powder

Author: Thomas McFadden,Rusty Young

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 1466817321

Category: Travel

Page: 400

View: 8093


Rusty Young was backpacking in South America when he heard about Thomas McFadden, a convicted English drug trafficker who ran tours inside Bolivia's notorious San Pedro prison. Intrigued, the young Australian journalist went to La Paz and joined one of Thomas's illegal tours. They formed an instant friendship and then became partners in an attempt to record Thomas's experiences in the jail. Rusty bribed the guards to allow him to stay and for the next three months he lived inside the prison, sharing a cell with Thomas and recording one of the strangest and most compelling prison stories of all time. The result is Marching Powder. This book establishes that San Pedro is not your average prison. Inmates are expected to buy their cells from real estate agents. Others run shops and restaurants. Women and children live with imprisoned family members. It is a place where corrupt politicians and drug lords live in luxury apartments, while the poorest prisoners are subjected to squalor and deprivation. Violence is a constant threat, and sections of San Pedro that echo with the sound of children by day house some of Bolivia's busiest cocaine laboratories by night. In San Pedro, cocaine--"Bolivian marching powder"--makes life bearable. Even the prison cat is addicted. Yet Marching Powder is also the tale of friendship, a place where horror is countered by humor and cruelty and compassion can inhabit the same cell. This is cutting-edge travel-writing and a fascinating account of infiltration into the South American drug culture.

Marching Powder

Author: Rusty Young

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 0330470345

Category: True Crime

Page: 320

View: 4443


San Pedro is Bolivia's most notorious prison. Small-time drug smuggler Thomas McFadden found himself on the inside. Marching Powder is the story of how he navigated this dark world of gangs, drugs and corruption to come out on top. Thomas found himself in a bizarre world, the prison reflecting all that is wrong with South American society. Prisoners have to pay an entrance fee and buy their own cells (the alternative is to sleep outside and die of exposure), prisoners' wives and children often live inside too, high quality cocaine is manufactured and sold from the prison. Thomas ended up making a living by giving backpackers tours of the prison – he became a fixture on the backpacking circuit and was named in the Lonely Planet guide to Bolivia. When he was told that for a bribe of $5000 his sentence could be overturned, it was the many backpackers who'd passed through who sent him the money. Written by lawyer Rusty Young, Marching Powder – sometimes shocking, sometimes funny – is a riveting story of survival.

Sin and Syntax

Author: Constance Hale

Publisher: Broadway

ISBN: N.A

Category: Reference

Page: 289

View: 2701


Offers advice on up-to-date writing styles, showing how to break through conventional modes to achieve a striking and hip style.

Chambers Pardon My English!

Author: Michael Munro

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

ISBN: N.A

Category: English language

Page: 370

View: 9430


An exploration of slang and informal language.

Busi Buzz (biz-buz)

Author: J. Randy Gordon

Publisher: Royal Blue Gymbag Production Llc

ISBN: 9781419621246

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 445

View: 6773


FOREWORD BY: sports agent Leigh Steinberg.Using the right buzzwords, catch phrases, euphemisms, short anecdotes, and general business speak can offer you some major social currency in the right circles. This indispensable book (BusiBUZZ) is a "must have" for anyone wanting to get ahead in the business world and for those who want to "stay current."

Hep-cats, Narcs, and Pipe Dreams

Author: Jill Jonnes

Publisher: Scribner Book Company

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drug abuse

Page: 510

View: 1889


Sweeping in scope and arrestingly detailed, this colorful social history portrays America's complex relationship with drugs, from the genteel opium addiction of the early 19th century to the violent, desperate street use of crack today. Inluces eight pages of photos.