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The Infiltrator: My Secret Life Inside the Dirty Banks Behind Pablo Escobar's Medellín Cartel Hardcover – Jul 27 2009

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (July 27 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316077534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316077538
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.2 x 24.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #117,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Robert Mazur served for 27 years as a federal special agent for the IRS, the Customs Service, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Now the president of Chase and Associates, an agency that advises law firms and public companies on banking protocols and risk assessment, he lives in Florida with his family.

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Page after page, Bob Mazur's book fills ones head with his exploits. The reader is quickly awed by the amounts of money, intrigue and dirt banks move about and launder. One is also quick to conclude that as long as there is a demand for the 'product', the war on drugs will never be won.

This exposure to the whole money laundering industry is spell binding with the reader left doubting the entire banking system's honesty and integrity.

Unlike others' comments about this book, I did not mind, at all, Bob's infrequent references to his family. Doing so only serves motivate the reader to ask 'How were his family really affected by his three year commitment'?

Bravo Mr. Mazur for having undertaken the task and bravo again for relating the account of how it was done.

Richard Begin
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa298f858) out of 5 stars 83 reviews
39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2c5eed0) out of 5 stars I was impressed and amazed! Oct. 8 2009
By Walter A. Casson Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I took the book on my two week vacation hoping that I would get a chance to read it between other activities. When I started to read it, I found that I could not put it down! I began looking for places to read where I would not be disturbed. I am still on vacation, but I finished the book in record time -- now I am looking for another book. I was impressed by the dedication to duty by the team in the face of real and present danger. I was also impressed by the creativity of Mazur and the rest of the team. I was extremely disappointed by the lack of support provided by our government agencies, even to the extent of putting Mazur and team in danger of being killed. You will find it hard to believe that it is NOT fiction. Thank You, Robert, for sharing these experiences with me.
34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2c66300) out of 5 stars Just an awesome read but skip Preface as is give too much away Nov. 18 2009
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As an avid reader I come across many memoirs and this was one that was well above average. Very tense and interesting. One warning is to skip the Preface as it is basically a summary of the entire book and could take away some of the suspense.
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2c84c90) out of 5 stars Unbridled bravery Nov. 8 2009
By P. Lasich - Published on Amazon.com
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Mr. Mazur tells an amazing story of his very brave infiltration of the Medellin Cartel. He tells his story in a very readable way. I could hardly put down this book. He tells not only of the challenges of infiltration but also an eye opening look at the challenges he faced working within his own govt. agency. These ongoing challenges could have defeated his infiltration (his life?) at any time. My deepest respect to Mr. Mazur and to those like him who are brave enough to face these challenges and go after those who are too willing to do us harm.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3149b10) out of 5 stars Diary of An American Hero Jan. 19 2010
By Dwight D. Milleman - Published on Amazon.com
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With minimal support from supervisors, Bob Mazur accomplished more in his two years of undercover work than most other agents do in a career with the Government. He put his life and the safety of his family in jeopardy and wrote an expose like no one has ever been able to write. He provided the reader with details, which are hard to believe, yet true. He explains in part, why our Government will not win the "war on Drugs". He explains why certain Government officials made it difficult for him to accomplish an even more successful undercover operation. Anyone who has any interest in the "dope trade" that has impragnated our country should read Bob's book. Bob takes the reader through the step by step process of laundering money. The reader can't help but be totally amazed at the corruption of some banking officials, the shear volumn of cocaine that enterers the United States and the totality of the network upon which the drug trade is is built. He explains the subculture and the lifestyle of criminals involved in the distribution process, which will "blow the mind" of most readers. Finally, he makes us, former law enforcement folks proud, that he was able to share his story and write about the bad guys. One heck of a book, is my concluding statement!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2d5eb88) out of 5 stars The Infiltrator Oct. 21 2010
By Frank Gonzalez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent and compelling account of how money can corrupt, with the public be dammed. The merchants of death were permitted to apply their trade as long as they satified the greed of the bankers. Our country owes a great debt to Mr. Mazur and his family for fighting a tough battle from the inside with grave danger around every corner. It is a ashame to read of how his management team could only think of themselves in the same way the drug merchants and bankers thought of themselves without consideration to the greater good. I hope this experience has not soured Mr. Mazur on his fight to save those lives that have been ravished by addiction. Thank you Mr. Mazur.