Blow - by Bruce Porter

Blow written by Bruce Porter

Bruce Porter's book about George Jung, and his experiences as an American drug dealer, could have this subtitle:  "How a Young American Made, and Lost, $100 million in the Illicit Drug Trade."

Jung made (and lost) unbelievable sums of money.  To illustrate how addicting it can be to make such huge sums of cash, Porter begins his book with a quote from The Treasure of the Sierra Madre:

It's not at all so easy as you fellers think it might be. . . . You'd be satisfied with five grand.  But I tell you, if you find something then, you couldn't be dragged away; not even the threat of miserable death could stop you getting just ten thousand more.  And if you reach fifty, you want to make it a hundred, to be safe for the rest of your life.  When you finally have a hundred and fifty, you want two hundred, to make sure, absolutely sure, that you'll be really on the safe side, come what may.  (B. Traven, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre)

The problem for George Jung, however, is that his process of earning so much money never put him "on the safe side."

Thanks to Macmillan (the publisher) and Google Books, significant parts of this book are available for online reading.

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Book-cover image, online courtesy Macmillan and Google Books.


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