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Marching Powder : A True Story of Friendship, Cocaine and South America's Strangest Jail - Rusty Young

Marching Powder

A True Story of Friendship, Cocaine and South America's Strangest Jail

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Published: 1st September 2013
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The true story of an English drug-smuggler, a notorious Bolivian prison and enough cocaine to cover the Andes ...

Rusty Young, a twenty-something Australian law graduate, was backpacking in South America when he heard about Thomas McFadden, an English drug trafficker who ran tours inside Bolivia's notorious San Pedro prison. When Rusty met Thomas, they formed a surprising yet instant friendship and then became partners in an attempt to record Thomas's experiences in the jail. The result is one of the most compelling prison stories of all time.

Marching Powder is a shocking, sometimes darkly comic account of life in San Pedro. In this bizarre prison, inmates are expected to buy their cells from real estate agents. Others run shops and restaurants, and women and children live with imprisoned family members. Violence and crime are never far away, and the jail contains some of Bolivia's busiest cocaine laboratories. In San Pedro, cocaine makes life bearable - even the prison cat is addicted to crack.

Yet amid, the corruption, brutality and the daily struggle for survival, Marching Powder is also the tale of an unlikely friendship, forged in the oddest of circumstances, between a drug smuggler and a lawyer. It is the story of one of the strangest places on earth, where horror is leavened by humour and where cruelty lives side by side with compassion.

About the Author

Rusty Young grew up in Sydney, Australia. He studied Finance and Law at the University of New South Wales and currently lives in Colombia, where he teaches English.

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      I purchased this book on a whim as I saw the second book by the same author which looked interesting based on the blurb and thought I should probably read this one first. I will definitely be going back for the next book.

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      "A unique window on a bizarre and corrupt world" Publishers Weekly

      "Travel literature of a very special and captivating kind" Booklist

      ISBN: 9781742613437
      ISBN-10: 1742613438
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 468
      Published: 1st September 2013
      Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
      Country of Publication: AU
      Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 13.0  x 3.0
      Weight (kg): 0.35
      Edition Number: 1