The Infiltrator: My Secret Life Inside the Dirty Banks Behind Pablo Escobar's Medellín Cartel

The Infiltrator My Secret Life Inside the Dirty Banks Behind Pablo Escobar s Medell n Cartel The electrifying true story that inspired the major new motion picture The InfiltratorRobert Mazur spent years undercover infiltrating the Medell n Cartel s criminal hierarchy The dirty bankers and bu

  • Title: The Infiltrator: My Secret Life Inside the Dirty Banks Behind Pablo Escobar's Medellín Cartel
  • Author: Robert Mazur
  • ISBN: 9780316077521
  • Page: 325
  • Format: Paperback
  • The electrifying true story that inspired the major new motion picture The InfiltratorRobert Mazur spent years undercover infiltrating the Medell n Cartel s criminal hierarchy The dirty bankers and businessmen he befriended some of whom still shape power across the globe knew him as Bob Musella, a wealthy, mob connected big shot living the good life Together they partie The electrifying true story that inspired the major new motion picture The InfiltratorRobert Mazur spent years undercover infiltrating the Medell n Cartel s criminal hierarchy The dirty bankers and businessmen he befriended some of whom still shape power across the globe knew him as Bob Musella, a wealthy, mob connected big shot living the good life Together they partied in 1,000 per night hotel suites, drank bottles of the world s finest champagne, drove Rolls Royce convertibles, and flew in private jets But under Mazur s Armani suits and in his Renwick briefcase, recorders whirred silently, capturing the damning evidence of their crimes.The Infiltrator is the story of how Mazur helped bring down the unscrupulous bankers who manipulated complex international finance systems to serve drug lords, corrupt politicians, tax cheats, and terrorists It is a shocking chronicle of the rise and fall of one of the biggest and most intricate money laundering operation of all time an enterprise that cleaned and moved hundreds of millions of dollars a year Filled with dangerous lies, near misses, and harrowing escapes, The Infiltrator is as bracing and explosive as the greatest fiction thrillers only it s all true.

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    1. 2009. Without complicit bankers there is nowhere for the drug trade to wash its billions. Robert Mazur, Italian American, joined the IRS out of college and became a special agent for their Intelligence Division. In Tampa he learned how to work an undercover identity. After a successful case under his belt, he was offered a job with U.S. Customs meaning a pay cut, a million miles less of red tape, and his dream job.At his new job, Robert Mazur became Robert Musella, a cover identity close enough [...]

    2. Even though you know this is the story of the biggest undercover operation in US history, you don't know the details. So this book reads like a thriller. You don't know who's going to get caught, and who's going to get away. You don't know if the agents escaped unharmed. You don't know how much they seized. And it just rips along. They keep getting in deeper and deeper, and higher and higher. Setbacks, risks, mistakes all threaten to send it off the rails, much of it due to other agents and agen [...]

    3. Robert Mazur provides an encyclopedic account of his undercover work. His work to the arrest of dozens of drug traffickers and money launders. It also led to the dismantling of BCCI, a large banking operation that seemed focused on dirty money.Unfortunately, the book also reads like an encyclopedia. Most disappointing was the the book provided little insight on how money laundering works. I was hoping for a bit more insight.

    4. It's funny that I read this book when I did because my boyfriend and I have been watching Narcos on Netflix, which is a docudrama about Pablo Escobar and the Medellin cartel. Watching the show and reading this book at the same time, it's given me two different perspectives about the same thing. Narcos follows two DEA agents actually going after Pablo. The Infiltrator is told by an undercover Customs agent set on bringing down the dirty banks and money laundering groups who are financing the cart [...]

    5. Not A thrilling book if that is what you are searching for. But a great beginners book on how-to money launder. Nicely descriptive and good application of examples for those starting out.

    6. To paraphrase Sir Winston Churchill: we will battle them in the mountains; we will battle them at sea; we will battle them at their banking houses . This is a war report from the bureaucratic front, of the role that the "other agency " plays in taking down narcos. Namely, the U.S. Customs Service. Agent Bob Mazur details his undercover work as a money launderer. He was remarkably successful and the end result was a series of high level arrests. What makes the book so interesting though is not th [...]

    7. This is a true story that reads like a nonfiction thriller. Mazur gives us some of his background - how he first got into the business, how he first went undercover for the IRS Intelligence Division, how he ended up in U.S. Customs in Tampa. He explains how he went about creating a cover for himself that would allow him to get intel on drug traffickers.Then he takes us along with him as he discovers who are the key players - the drug lords, the suppliers & distributors, the cash collectors & [...]

    8. The Infiltrator is a very unique book. The true story of Robert Mazur going undercover (as Bob Musella) as a money launderer is nowhere near any other undercover story. He expanded his business as he became associates with some of the biggest names in the drug cartel. He, along with his partner, spent years of hard work, recorded conversations, and feuds with their own government to arrest 40 men and an entire bank. Not many people can boast about the time that they took down the largest drug ca [...]

    9. This was a good book…and the eternal rule that the movie is not even close to be as good as a book fully applies here, so if you have seen the movie and you liked it then you have to read the book.Is very engaging, you get connected pretty fast and it’s the kind of book you “manage” so that it doesn’t end soon. It is not the best book I have read but is quite ok and reveals details on the money laundering biz structure and shows how the money is moved around the world to get cleaned.

    10. Riveting from start to finish. this book documents the undercover investigations into drug sourced money laundering that eventually brought down BCCI , the bank that also laundered billions of dollars of stolen wealth for African dictators and their cronies. indeed the weak but vital link in the drug trade are the banks/bankerse more a hauled to jail the greater the chances of winning this global war

    11. This was published in 2009, but it describes undercover activity from the late 1980's. This really isn't thrilling. It is an account of how an IRS agent left due to paperwork and red tape, in favor of joining US Customs. He and his colleagues skirted a variety of internal rules to launder money for cartels, then turned the matter over to the US Attorney's office for prosecution.The writing isn't *bad* but it is clear that a CPA wrote this.

    12. Read like a thriller novel but it really happened. What a brave individual whilst working undercover with his colleagues had less than acceptable help from his Customs organisation. Once you get used to the diary format it reads reasonably well and you find yourself caught up in the events and timing leading to the end.

    13. I had a difficult time keeping straight all the names that appear in this book, and after one reading, I'm still pretty foggy on the details of how money laundering works . . . but, it's a riveting read, nonetheless.

    14. I loved this book. It is a true story of the various cartels in Columbia, Panama and more countries and how hey laundered money while bringing drugs to the US. It is told by an undercover agent and how deep undercover he was. Worthwhile reading.

    15. Pravi v knjigi en model, kokaina majstore: droge ne bi bile dober biznis, ce ne bi bilo povprasevanja! Pa pravi drug model, gentelmanski bankir: vi dejte prljave pare, mi jih bomo pa spucal, no question asked. Pa pravi tretji model, secret agent policajac: politiki, bankirji, narko karteli, vlade to so vsi za isto mizo in jedo iz iste sklede. Pol se pa se obicn clovk mal vprasa: pa za koji k*urac se pa js j*bem in posteno zivim?

    16. I loved it. I felt compelled to read it after watching The Infiltrator one rainy Sunday afternoon. Worthy of anyone's time. Little did I know when I was living in Florida at the time of these events were occurring I would be reading about them 30 years later. A job well done to Robert Mazur.

    17. This was a great book, once you got past the sordid details which had to be told and explained with all the names and positions. The intensity had me on the end of my seat. The friendships Robert forged with these criminals that he had to betray in the end felt terribly sad but had to be done. It was violent, yes, but it's a crime novel, this stuff really happened. I enjoyed it!

    18. This is my first non-fiction book. It has gotten me hooked on to reading more non-fiction. This is definitely a good read, to know about the money-laundering business between banks, drug cartels and politicians. Sometimes the bad people help you more than the good people. Sometimes the good people screw you over more times than the bad people would. Robert Mazur and his undercover agents team did a ridiculously amazing job despite the bureaucratic hindrances from their own office. To the fall of [...]

    19. A subtitle for this book could be "The End of the Bank of Crooks and Criminals". BCCI(the Bank) played a huge role in this story that Law Enforcement initially stumbled upon during investigations of what they believed were more traditional activities.Robert Mazur tells an all to familiar story of the pursuit of drug barons and the intricacies of the business. And indeed it was (and still is) a business in all respect save one. It wasn't legal. International trade, finance, marketing, sales of co [...]

    20. this is a pretty amazing book. obviously there are always two sides of a story but even if only half is true this is one heck of an undercover tour the force. the detail is crazy and one can feel just how much Mazur cared about this case and how much blood, sweat, and tears he put into it. what struck me most reading this is how relevant it is, today in 2011. - while there are many extremely competent and dedicated people working for the government it is a bunch that see their jobs as nothing bu [...]

    21. I watched the movie about a month ago and was really impressed with Bryan Cranston's acting in "The Infiltrator" as the undercover agent, Robert Mazur. Listening to Mazur as an true undercover agent on what went down Medellín cartel and the banks is even better than the movie. The movie is a must watch for anyone who watched the first two seasons of Narcos on Netflix. They go hand and hand, but there was a reason why I wanted to read this book because of the play by play. Agent Robert Mazur rec [...]

    22. This was a real page-turner.ly. There were times when I couldn't put it down, when I wanted to keep going and see how much deeper Mazur got in with the cartel. And then there were times when I got through a chapter and put it down until the next day. This is a scintillating story, a story full of danger and intrigue. It offers a keen insight into how our government (in)effectively fought the war on drugs in the late 1980s. I say (in)effectively because Mazur and his team were extremely effective [...]

    23. I love non-fiction. The problem is that sometimes those books drag a little. This book is a well written, attention getter. There are a few rough spots in the writing where a grammar challenged crook speaks, but the content is usually necessary.The story that Mazur tells is almost infuriating. The blatant corruption within financial institutions and governments makes me shake my head with disgust. Mazur did a great job in an undercover role. We have all worked for bosses like the ones described [...]

    24. Solid but by numbers account of former Customs agent Robert Mazur, who's undercover work infiltrated the Medelian cartel's money laundering business, which supplied money from Manual Noriega to Pablo Escobar. Mazur is straight forward in his account on his life as an undercover money launderer, and doesn't hold back about the problems he faced not just from the job, but also the bureaucrats in DC (who couldn't make a fake passport to save it's life) to his family struggles (he was forced to max [...]

    25. Tense book with insight into the mechanics of money laundering. The book builds up at a slow pace as Mazur introduces you to each tier of the underworld. Not letting you forget the strain it put on his wife and children while also being pressured by his Customs bosses to get the job done by a deadline. How did the man never break, it's a wonder. There is interesting follow up reading especially from many Pakistani reviewers who believe he operation was a means to reduce the growing power of the [...]

    26. This is a fascinating, informative and detailed account of how Robert Mazur creates a fictional ID as Robert Musella in able to go deep undercover as a money launderer so that he can attempt to take down Columbian drug cartels and dirty banks. The detail involved is what has caused me to knock off a couple of stars, it is encyclopedic in nature and as a result there are times when it is like reading a succession of lists what with the amount of names involved. I realise that this is necessary, b [...]

    27. This is a great book detailing how the Medellín drug cartel used major financial institutions to launder billions in drug money in the late 1980's. It is the true story of an undercover federal agent who worked for 5 years undercover to gain the trust of key persons in the cartel and financial institutions. He ultimately helped orchestrate an operation which lead to the arrest and conviction of 40 high ranking criminals. The movie (Infiltrator) is supposed to be released on 31 Aug 2016 accordin [...]

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