Book Review: Killing Pablo

War On Drugs

Mark Bowden’s Killing Pablo (2001) is about the hunt for Pablo Escobar. This book goes into Colombia’s history and how Pablo Escobar affected all the way to his capture.

First Contact

I ran into this book because I like watching documentaries. I remember it was the documentary of Black Hawk Down, a movie I loved. I realized then that it was a book first and they were interviewing the author in the documentary. At some point of the documentary Mark Bowden mentioned Pablo Escobar. I knew I needed to read this book.


Today Pablo Escobar is a well-known name. Before I read this book, I had no idea who Pablo Escoabar was. The only time I remember hearing the name Pablo Escobar was as a joke someone made in middle school. I didn’t know how influential he was to Colombia. Remember, this is all pre-Narcos. Netflix was just a new thing when I read this book. I had no idea there was a war on drugs. I had no idea the turmoil Colombia went through before they finally captured Escobar. It was an eye-opening read for me.

Final Thoughts

So many just, unbelievable historic kernels in this book. This book is the story of the fall of a modern-day roman emperor. Pablo Escobar wielded power, committed murder and hurt his country in many ways. Do yourself a favor and read this book.

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