Tuesday, March 17, 2009

"The Accountant's Story" by Roberto Escobar

Pablo Escobar encircled by a friendly crowd in Medellin.

Inside the Violent World of the Medellin Cartel
By Roberto Escobar with David Fisher
Grand Central Publishing Hardcover Original
Publication date: February 25, 2009

You Are Invited To Attend a Video Press Conference with Roberto Escobar;Brother of the Infamous Drug Kingpin Pablo Escobar and Author of The Accountant's Story

Roberto Escobar Will Be Speaking Live (Via Video) From Colombia and Will Be Available To Answer Questions About His Book, on Wednesday, March 18, 2009, 11:00AM To 12:00PM At The Core Club, 66 East 55th Street Screening Room

* Co-Author David Fisher Will Be At The Core Club For A Q % A.

RSVP: Jimmy Franco, Grand Central Publishing.
212-364-1321; jimmy.franco@hbgusa.com

The sign reads: This building never belonged to Pablo Escobar.

THE ACCOUNTANT'S STORY is Pablo Escobar's story in the words of one of his closest confidants, his brother Roberto. Written with David Fisher, Roberto shares the brutality of the Medellin cartel, the dicey nature of dealing with American DEA forces and the CIA, along with the problems the Escobars faced when going up against the Colombian organized mafia, even Pablo's moments of kindness and compassion towards less fortunate countrymen in Colombia. It's all here. Roberto knows it all because he was the accountant.

Arguably the most successful criminal operation in history, Roberto Escobar was present during the rise and demise of Medellin Cartel. At a rate of smuggling 15 tons of coke into the United States per day, Fortune Magazine once estimated the cartel to be worth in excess of $6 billion. Roberto recounts the times they spent $1000 a week just purchasing rubber bands to wrap the stacks of cash since they had more illegal money than they could deposit in banks; the purchase of six Russian submarines and thirteen 727 planes from Eastern Airlines, upon the company's bankruptcy, to aid in delivering the cartel's goods.

Pablo Escobar's grave is a popular attraction in Medellin.

As the keeper of the books, Roberto was there to keep track of every penny. Now in his 60's Roberto is free after serving 10 years in a Colombian jail to tell the story and offer insight into the harsh world of money, coke, and crime. Even to offer insight to the fact that although many people view his brother Pablo Escobar as a monster, thousands still visit his grave every year to mourn him, and revere him as a savior.

The home where Pablo Escobar was shot to death as he jumped out the window to avoid capture by the police, located at Calle 79a #45D-94 Barrio Los Olivos, near Estadio Girardot.

For the first time ever, Roberto Escobar, gives precise details from a unique perspective. The surviving brother of the infamous Pablo Escobar tells the real inside story of the Medellin cartel to set the record straight, once and for all.

The Accountant's Story by Robert Escobar, Available on Amazon.com

This short documentary portrays the duality of Pablo Escobar's character through the eyes of the people he helped out of poverty and through the eyes of the government who exposed him as a murderous druglord. Fabio Castillo, a journalist who has been investigating Escobar's life and story for the last thirty years shares his findings from Medellin, Colombia.

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