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About Evan Wright
Evan Wright grew up in Willoughby, Ohio. He studied medieval history at Vassar College. Wright has covered crime, war, riots, and other human spectacles for a variety of publications, earning two National Magazine Awards, one for combat reporting and the other for profile writing. Wright adapted his book Generation Kill into an HBO mini-series and has served as a producer and writer on Homeland and Dirty John. His book The Seed: A Memoir of Brainwashing will be released by Putnam.
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Within hours of 9/11, America’s war on terrorism fell to those like the twenty-three Marines of the First Recon Battalion, the first generation dispatched into open-ended combat since Vietnam. They were a new pop-culture breed of American warrior unrecognizable to their forebears—soldiers raised on hip hop, video games and The Real World. Cocky, brave, headstrong, wary and mostly unprepared for the physical, emotional and moral horrors ahead, the “First Suicide Battalion” would spearhead the blitzkrieg on Iraq, and fight against the hardest resistance Saddam had to offer.
Hailed as “one of the best books to come out of the Iraq war”(Financial Times), Generation Kill is the funny, frightening, and profane firsthand account of these remarkable men, of the personal toll of victory, and of the randomness, brutality and camaraderie of a new American War.
American Desperado is Roberts’ no-holds-barred account of being born into Mafia royalty, witnessing his first murder at the age of seven, becoming a hunter-assassin in Vietnam, returning to New York to become--at age 22--one of the city’s leading nightclub impresarios, then journeying to Miami where in a few short years he would rise to become the Medellin Cartel’s most effective smuggler.
But that’s just half the tale.
The roster of Roberts’ friends and acquaintances reads like a Who’s Who of the latter half of the 20th century and includes everyone from Jimi Hendrix, Richard Pryor, and O.J. Simpson to Carlo Gambino, Meyer Lansky, and Manuel Noriega.
Nothing if not colorful, Roberts surrounded himself with beautiful women, drove his souped-up street car at a top speed of 180 miles per hour, shared his bed with a 200-pound cougar, and employed a 6”6” professional wrestler called “The Thing” as his bodyguard. Ultimately, Roberts became so powerful that he attracted the attention of the Republican Party’s leadership, was wooed by them, and even was co-opted by the CIA for which he carried out its secret agenda.
Scrupulously documented and relentlessly propulsive, this collaboration between a bloodhound journalist and one of the most audacious criminals ever is like no other crime book you’ve ever read.
How to Get Away with Murder in America is the extraordinary, true account of an FBI murder investigation of a top-ranking CIA officer and the pushback -- from the highest reaches of government -- to stop an investigation that threatened to rock the foundations of America's national security establishment.
Prado is one of the most storied men to have served in the agency. To friends, he's "Ric," a Cuban immigrant who became an American success story. Prado entered the CIA as a paramilitary, fighting the agency's secret wars in Latin America, then rising through the ranks to serve presidents and lead some of the most sensitive programs of the War on Terror, from the hunt for bin Laden to the creation of the agency's "targeted assassination unit."
Ten years after joining the CIA, Prado was the target of a massive FBI investigation for his alleged role in my than a half dozen murders carried out on behalf of a major Miami cocaine trafficker -- who also happened to be one of Prado's closest childhood friends.
To the FBI task force investigating him, Prado's story seemed like a true-life version of The Departed. They believed they'd caught a killer who'd penetrated the highest reaches of US intelligence. Federal agents interviewed Prado at CIA headquarters and believed they'd obtained his cooperation. But when they issued a subpoena for Prado to testify before a grand jury, the CIA had other plans...
The FBI task force was terminated. Agents were re-assigned and told to keep silent for "national security" purposes. Case files detailing Prado's alleged crimes disappeared. Many assumed they'd been destroyed...until journalist Evan Wright found them.
Wright, a veteran war correspondent who had covered CIA operations in the Middle East, would spend the next four years tracking Prado and building a portrait of his double life, split between the CIA and the criminal underworld. Wright found the original federal investigators, who outraged by what the saw as an obstruction of justice, broke their silence. Wright visited crime scenes and interviewed witnesses, including friends of Prado, his associates, alleged accomplices and victims whose testimony figured prominently in the FBI's interrogation of Prado.
In How to Get Away with Murder in America Wright builds a complex of Prado, a hero and loyal friend to those whom he worked with at the CIA, a suspect in a series of brutal street crimes to the FBI. Moving from the FBI investigation, to Prado's past in Miami, to his work at the CIA Wright weaves a narrative that includes street thugs, Mafia capos, crooked politicians, a discredited CNN anchor, CIA chiefs, and Prado's childhood friend Albert San Pedro, a.k.a. "the Maniac," the Miami cocaine kingpin whom he served for years as a bodyguard and allegedly, as a contract killer.
Ultimately, Wright lays out a damning indictment of the intelligence community that shielded and promoted Prado, long after the had FBI outed him. In Wright's carefully researched expose, Prado's ascent stands on the denial of justice and marks the criminalization of the CIA. How to Get Away with Murder in America will shake your conceptions of government, justice and truth in America today.
Inside the biggest scandal in the history of America’s $40 billion drug recovery industry: a predatory Malibu rehab guru—and the fearless female patient who exposed his empire of deceit.
Chris Bathum was a respected therapist, addiction specialist, and founder of one of the fastest-growing rehabilitation chains in America. But Bathum was a total fraud: he was a meth-head with a history of sexually abusing his patients, scamming insurance companies, and eliminating whistle-blowers. Like Rose Stahl. But this intended victim would be his last. Stahl would risk her life to bring down the monster she and so many other people in need had once trusted for their salvation.
Evan Wright’s Bad Therapist is part of Exposure, a collection of six incredible and true stories of American double lives from millionaire CEOs and suburban teens to undercover investigators and scam artists—all for whom secrets are a way of life. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single astonished sitting.
The New York Times bestselling author of Generation Kill immerses himself in even more cultures on the edge.
Evan Wright's affinity for outsiders has inspired this deeply personal journey through what he calls "the lost tribes of America." A collection of previously published pieces, Hella Nation delivers provocative accounts of sex workers in Porn Valley, a Hollywood über-agent-turned-war documentarian and hero of America's far right, runaway teens earning corporate dollars as skateboard pitchmen, radical anarchists plotting the overthrow of corporate America, and young American troops on the hunt for terrorists in the combat zones of the Middle East
Jon Roberts naît en 1948 au coeur du Bronx, dans une famille de la mafia new-yorkaise, les Gambino. À 7 ans, il assiste à un assassinat commis par son père. Ce jour-là, il décide de suivre la même voie, celle du crime organisé. Après un passage au Vietnam, il connaît une ascension fulgurante au sein de la mafia : racket, trafic de cocaïne pour le compte du cartel de Medellín, meurtres… C’est une effrayante épopée de réussite criminelle qu’il bâtit dans les années 1970 et 1980. Roberts est enfin arrêté en Colombie mais réussit à s’évader. Rattrapé par la police américaine, il accepte de coopérer avec la justice. Evan Wright est un journaliste et écrivain américain reconnu.
American desperado est le fruit de leurs échanges.
Une lecture hallucinante.