Marching Powder : A True Story of Friendship, Cocaine, and South America’s Strangest Jail
by Rusty Young, Thomas McFadden
Editor: St Martin’s Press
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Rusty Young hiking in South America, when he heard about Thomas McFadden, an English convicted drug dealer who ran visits inside Bolivia to the infamous San Pedro de la prisonIntrigued, the young Australian newspaperisted went to La Paz and joined one of Thomas’ illegal tricksThey formed an instant friendship, then became partners in an attempt to record Thomas’ experiences in prisonRusty bribed the guards to allow him to stay for the next three months, he lived inside the prison, shared a cell with Thomas and recorded one of the strangest and most convincing prison stories of all timeThe result is in Powder OnThis book establishes that San Pedro is not your prison average.Prisoners should buy their real estate cellsOthers run shops and restaurantsWomen and children to live with imprisoned family membersIt is a place where corrupt politicians and drug lords live in luxury apartments, while the poorest, prisoners are subjected to misery and deprivation.Violence is a constant threat, and sections of San Pedro that echo with the noise of children per day the home of some of Bolivia’s busiest cocaine laboratories per nightIn San Pedro, cocaine–“Bolivian walks in powder” – makes life bearable.Even prison cat is addictedYet, Walking in Powder is also the story of friendship, a place where horror is countered by humor and cruelty and compassion can inhabit the same cellIt’s the cutting edge of travel-writing and a fascinating account of the infiltration into South American drug culture
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