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Cocaine Cowboys

An Explicit History of Miami's Drug Rush



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Cocaine Cowboys: An Explicit History of Miami's Drug Rush by Billy Corben
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A lavishly illustrated companion to the acclaimed hit documentary of the same name, Cocaine Cowboys: An Explicit History of Miami's Drug Rush is the definitive document of Miami's cocaine wars during the flamboyant and ultimately tragic 1970s and 1980s, utilizing never-before-seen photographs, government documents, first-person accounts, and newspaper archives. The film Cocaine Cowboys and its sequel, Cocaine Cowboys 2: Hustlin' with the Godmother, have garnered a massive following over the past three years, with over 125,000 DVDs of the original film sold to date. Numerous dramatic storylines tell the unflinching story of how Miami became the cocaine capital of the United States, and how the drug trade left its indelible mark on the city. Smugglers and distributors forever changed what was once a sleepy retirement community into one of the world's most glamorous hotspots, the epicenter of a $20 billion annual business fed by Colombia's Medellin cartel. By the early 80s, Miami's homicide rate had tripled, making it the murder capital of the country and inspiring a Time magazine cover story that dubbed the city Paradise Lost. Cocaine Cowboys is currently being adapted into a feature film starring Mark Wahlberg and Leonardo DiCaprio, and separately developed as an original HBO series by Michael Bay and Jerry Bruckheimer.
Release date Australia
June 24th, 2010
Country of Publication
United States
powerHouse Books,U.S.
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