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Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar: The Shocking True Story of the Notorious Drug Lord from the Woman Who Knew Him Best

Virginia Vallejo Megan McDowell



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13 June 2018
Biography; Autobiography: general; Organised crime; Press & journalism
VIRGINIA VALLEJO: Top Colombian television journalist, cover model and socialite.

PABLO ESCOBAR: Head of the Medellin cartel, the founder of the global cocaine industry and one of the most ambitious - and brutal - criminals in history.

Over the course of their tempestuous love affair, Vallejo witnessed first-hand the bloodshed, fear and corruption that accompanied the rise of Escobar's crime empire. In this explosive tale of drugs, sex, wealth and violence, Vallejo describes the man she knew and loved. But by the end of their dramatic five-year romance, increasingly plagued by threats of kidnap and death for her knowledge on Escobar's ties to the political establishment, Vallejo would fear for her life - forced to give up her career as a TV anchorwoman and cover model and flee Colombia for the United States. Her testimony would reopen one of the most important criminal cases in Colombian history.

Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar tracks the birth and boom of the cocaine industry and follows Escobar's evolution from billionaire benefactor to ruthless terrorist, responsible for the historic tragedies that forever altered the course of the Colombia conflict and its relationship with the world.
By:   Virginia Vallejo
Translated by:   Megan McDowell
Imprint:   Canongate
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Export - Australia/New Zealand
Dimensions:   Height: 214mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 33mm
Weight:   498g
ISBN:   9781786891051
ISBN 10:   1786891050
Pages:   416
Publication Date:   13 June 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Virginia Vallejo-Garcia is a Colombian author, journalist and media personality, and a political asylee in the United States of America since 2010. From 1972 to 1994, she was one of the leading television and radio hosts in her native country. In 2006, with her life at risk, the United States took her out of Colombia to testify in high profile criminal cases. Her memoir became the #1 bestselling book in Spanish in the United States, and her story has inspired a string of documentaries, soap operas, television serials such as Narcos, and upcoming film Escobar starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem.

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