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A stunning investigation of the life and legend of Mexican kingpin Joaquín Archivaldo "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera, building on Noah Hurowitz’s revelatory coverage for Rolling Stone of El Chapo’s federal drug-trafficking trial.

This is the true story of how El Chapo built the world’s wealthiest and most powerful drug-trafficking operation, based on months’ worth of trial testimony and dozens of interviews with cartel gunmen, Mexican journalists and political figures, Chapo’s family members, and the DEA agents who brought him down.

Over the course of three decades, El Chapo was responsible for smuggling hundreds of tons of cocaine, marijuana, heroin, meth, and fentanyl around the world, becoming in the process the most celebrated and reviled drug lord since Pablo Escobar. El Chapo waged ruthless wars against his rivals and former allies, plunging vast areas of Mexico into unprecedented levels of violence, even as many in his home state of Sinaloa continued to view him as a hero.

This unpauseable audiobook, written by a great new talent, brings El Chapo’s exploits into a focus that previous profiles have failed to capture. Hurowitz digs in deep beyond the legends and delves into El Chapo’s life and legacy - not just the hunt for him, revealing some of the most dramatic and often horrifying moments of his notorious career, including the infamous prison escapes, brutal murders, multimillion-dollar government payoffs, and the paranoia and narcissism that led to his downfall. From the evolution of organized crime in Mexico to the militarization of the drug war to the devastation wrought on both sides of the border by the introduction of synthetic opioids like fentanyl, this audiobook is a gripping and comprehensive work of investigative, on-the-ground reporting.

©2021 Noah Hurowitz. All rights reserved (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved

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Not really about EL Chapo

He just disappears for long parts of the book. Did not learn much about him when he was in the story.

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Great book

The first few chapters are just a background of what’s the narco enterprise is about, and by middle forward the author provides insightful information that spawned during chapo’s trial…

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Not all about el chapo

The title is misleadingly
Whilst it gives snippets of insight into el chapos life 1/2 the book is like an advert for the DEA
and history of drugs in mexico
Not a biography of el chapo, he isnt mentioned for much of the narrative. Its more like the narcos series from a new view

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