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The Resource American Desperado

American Desperado

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American Desperado
Title
American Desperado
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Summary
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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  • Roberts, Jon
  • Lynn, Meredith Scott
  • McClain, Johnathan
  • Rooney, Christina
  • Wright, Evan
  • Bramhall, Mark
  • Davies, Erik
  • Deakins, Mark
  • Farr, Kimberly
  • Heyborne, Kirby
  • Kelly, Thomas Vincent
  • Kramer, Steve
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  • Biography & Autobiography
  • Nonfiction
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American Desperado
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Publication
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digital storage
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unknown
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electronic
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True
Isbn
9780307704665
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other
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True
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unknown
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
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unknown
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not applicable
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Label
American Desperado
Publication
Capture and storage technique
digital storage
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Control code
OVERDRIVE:d2b4c56b-c1c5-4501-8017-501cd028ee1a
Dimensions
not applicable
Form of item
electronic
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
http://library.link/vocab/inputERC
True
Isbn
9780307704665
Kind of cutting
not applicable
Kind of disc cylinder or tape
not applicable
Kind of material
other
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Special playback characteristics
unknown
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
Speed
unknown
Tape configuration
not applicable
Tape width
not applicable

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