Zero Zero Zero

Zero Zero Zero

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From the author of the #1 international bestseller Gomorrah comes an electrifying investigation of the international cocaine trade, as vicious as it is powerful, and its hidden role in the global economy

In many countries, "000" flour is the finest on the market. It is hard to find, but it is soft, light, almost impalpable--like the purest, highest quality grade of cocaine. ZeroZeroZero is also the title of Roberto Saviano's unforgettable, internationally bestselling exploration of the inner workings of the global cocaine trade--its rules and armies, and the true depth of its reach into the world economy and, by extension, its grasp on us all.

Gomorrah , Saviano's explosive account of the Neapolitan mob, the Camorra, was a worldwide publishing sensation. It struck such a nerve with the Camorra that Saviano has had to live under twenty-four-hour police protection for more than eight years. During this time he has come to know law enforcement agencies and officials around the world. With their cooperation, Saviano has broadened his perspective to take in the entire global "corporate" entity that is the drug trade and the complex money-laundering operations that allow it to function, often with the complicity of the world's biggest banks.

The result is a truly harrowing and groundbreaking synthesis of intimate literary narrative and geopolitical analysis of one of the most powerful dark forces in our economy. Saviano tracks the shift in the cocaine trade's axis of power, from Colombia to Mexico, and relates how the Latin American cartels and gangs have forged alliances, first with the Italian crime syndicates, then with the Russians, Africans, and others. On the one hand, he charts a remarkable increase in sophistication as these criminal entities diversify into many other products and markets. On the other, he reveals the astonishing increase in the severity of violence as they have fought to protect and extend their power.

Saviano is a writer and journalist of rare courage and a thinker of impressive intellectual depth, able to see the connections between farflung phenomena and bind them into a single epic story. Most drug-war narratives feel safely removed from our own lives; Saviano's offers no such comfort. As heart racing as it is heady,  ZeroZeroZero is a fusion of disparate genres into a brilliant new form that can rightly be called  Savianoesque .

Publisher: New York :, Penguin Press,, 2015, ©2015.
ISBN: 9781594205507
Branch Call Number: 362. 298 SAV
Characteristics: 401 pages ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Jewiss, Virginia - Translator

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mclarjh
Jun 19, 2017

Disappointing. Far too long, more rhetoric and hyperbole than fact. No insight, analysis, or explanation. Journalistic writing. Self promotional.

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delfon
Aug 08, 2015

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/book-reviews/review-italian-journalist-roberto-saviano-investigates-the-global-cocaine-racket-in-zerozerozero/article25877192/

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StarGladiator
Jul 22, 2015

5 stars for information imparted, 3 to 4 stars for writing style. A book which covers a great deal, and the author does get emotional from time to time throughout. His writing style isn't particularly attractive to me, but he certainly has done the massive due diligence of requisite research and investigative journalism, some or much of it dangerous in nature! Great coverage of money laundering by banks [Wachovia, part of Wells Fargo, Bank of New York Mellon, HSBC, et cetera] and personal profiles of some nasty narco-traffickers.

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