Marching Powder (Paperback)
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Paperback 384 Pages / Published: 30/06/2016
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San Pedro is Bolivia's most notorious prison. Small-time drug smuggler Thomas McFadden found himself on the inside. Marching Powder is the story of how he navigated this dark world of gangs, drugs and corruption to come out on top.

Thomas found himself in a bizarre world, the prison reflecting all that is wrong with South American society. Prisoners have to pay an entrance fee and buy their own cells (the alternative is to sleep outside and die of exposure), prisoners' wives and children often live inside too, high quality cocaine is manufactured and sold from the prison.

Thomas ended up making a living by giving backpackers tours of the prison - he became a fixture on the backpacking circuit and was named in the Lonely Planet guide to Bolivia. When he was told that for a bribe of $5000 his sentence could be overturned, it was the many backpackers who'd passed through who sent him the money. Written by lawyer Rusty Young, Marching Powder - sometimes shocking, sometimes funny - is a riveting story of survival.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781509829408
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 303 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
All the staples of the prison memoir are here: sadistic guards, an attempted break-out, the terrors of solitary confinement, the joys of freedom . . . The result is a truly gripping piece of testimony. * Sunday Telegraph *
This exotic, cautionary yarn opens the abyss beneath our wealthy world. * Uncut *
Astonishing real-life story of a Brit drug smuggler banged up in Bolivia's most notorious jail. * FHM *

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“AN AMAZING TRUE STORY!”

this book was brought for me by a friend, it was a book from the very first page i could not put down , the story of Thomas Mcfadden his Journey from Despised gringo to san pedro's most famous inmate, its a... More

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“Marching Powder”

Thoroughly gripping book, you keep forgetting that this is real life! Unbelievable account of life in a Bolivian prison. Written with such compassion and truth it is a must read. Although violent and revolting at... More

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“Marching Powder”

A great book made up of really easy to read annecdotal, amazing experiences. Recommend it.

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