Tony Dokoupil ☆ 0 readBut the book willThe author did tend to over romanticize much of the story Sure parts of it were gritty but the whole noble undertaking slant got a little old Some of the writing dragged a bit and there were a few too many similes but some of the writing made me smile It helped that he was good looking too with a wide eager face like a Labrador In the months to come she d realize he also had a Lab s tendency to run off and return sparkly eyes and dirty radiating love me anyway charm About a family member he writes Once you point a gun at your family you can lower the barrel wrap the weapon in blankets and throw it in the swamp but you can never get rid of it The gun is pointed forever The story is interesting the book is good but not great and I am glad that I read it just wish it had managed to be a little less wordy in its tellingI was given an advance copy for review The uotes may have changed in the published edition This is a fascinating bio of Tony Dodoupil s father the last pirate but also the story of America s journey in what ultimately ends up as legalization of marijuana Since I m old I actually remember most of what Tony reports on in this book It is extremely well I m old I actually remember most of what Tony reports on in this book It is extremely well Tony is a journalist after all and it reads like a novel I couldn t put it down If you are at all interested in the history of our country s attitude toward marijuana you won t be disappointed It is also a gut wrenching
story of theof the between father and son played out prevalently in America no matter what the occupation of the father is I will loan my copy to a few friends and my daughter but want it back to read again Written for Drug DealersThere were paragraphs where the jargon could only be defined by a drug dealer or user on a high Sorry to see this type of legacy passed on except for its ancestral recognition Surprised the writing was by a well placed journalist A riveting account of a complicated relationship with a difficult father who is also a major drug smuggler A portrait of a time and a relationship A hi. Ijuana rings of the twentieth century In all they sold hundreds of thousands of pounds of marijuana and Big Tony distributed at least fifty tons of it To his son he was a rambling man who was also somehow a present father a self destructive addict who ruined. Ghly entertaining adventure tale woven together with a decades long family drama The book reads like a child retelling his father s best fish stories everything is larger than life and Anthony Dokoupil Sr certainly seems to have led an eventful life But for me what makes this book great are the author s reflections on his completely dysfunctional childhood Tony traces his family s emotional traumas back through the years in a way that somehow managed to be spellbinding in many ways the book is essentially a page turning work of pulp fiction I struggled with assigning this book
a rating butrating But try to judge books based on where they fit within their genre and this book is a standout There are plenty of books that glamorize the lives of criminals What sets this book apart is the perspective from which it is written In this case it is a son writing with conflicted admiration and disgust about a man he barely new but shaped his life in countless ways The fact that little mention is made of the lives destroyed in drug producing and consuming regions is disappointing but unsurprising It s difficult to read about Dokoupil Senior s exploits in Latin America without feeling disgust at his lack of concern for the rest of his supply chain This is easier to understand in the case of Marijuana but cocaine and other hard drugs are treated with the same paucity of concern Of course this cavalier attitude plays perfectly into the last pirate narrative the author wants so desperately to believe regarding his own father This story was mildly interestingI thought that the details of the authors personal relationship with his father dragged on too long I found the details of the Smuggle To Be The Most be the most along with the outcome of the players in the Smuggle Well written jut too long Fascinating story about a whole world happening right under our nose Reading it made me go back and watch an episode of Miami Vice The myriad of details locations and characters confused me at times but otherwise a very engaging and worthwhile read. Everything but affection Here Tony Dokoupil blends superb reportage with searing personal memories presenting a probing chronicle of pot smoking drug taking America from the perspective of the generation that grew up in the aftermath of the Great Stoned Age. Not the best not the worst Written Well Enough But Sometimes Draggy And Confusing enough but sometimes draggy and confusing tells the truthy tale of Tony Dokoupil the author s father who was a major player in the marijuana smuggling enterprise of the 70 s and 80 s The best parts are the author s musings on how he is or is not doomed to become his father as his father apparently had been but the latest in a string of similarly flawed fathers and sons The worst parts to me are the "Detailed Recreations Of Scenes "recreations of scenes parts to me are the detailed recreations of scenes the author was not present and which seems unlikely to have been described so elaborately later without any ualifiersIt also uses the horribly redundant or contradictory phrase one of the only at least three times but that s a pet peeve of mine and likely a losing battle at this point Interesting But a little too long the historical backdrop of this time is especially educational now that we ve got War on Drugs people back in office And I was too young to be aware of it the first time Brave and honestI watch Tony Dokoupil on the news every morning and I had stumbled upon this book by accident I love the way he tells his story in all of its very vivid detail Definitely worth the read This memoir of a father his son and the golden age of marijuana promised to be interesting and it was to an extent I was completely unaware of Tony Dokoupil the big time dope dealer until I heard of this book Apparently lots of stoners were eventually recipients of their share of the tons of weed this dealer was responsible for getting to the countryTo me the family dynamics of the book was the most interesting part Multiple generations of abusive fathers raising sons who in turn became abusive until the author made a conscious decision to break the chainMany of the dealers lived by a romanticized pirate code and some ultimately broke that code The dealer who felt above the fray because he dealt in pot rather than the harder drugs could not resist those harder drugs He set himself up perfectly for self destruction Did he ultimately self destruct I m not telling. A haunting and often hilarious memoir of growing up in 80s Miami as the son of Big Tony a flawless model of the great American pot baron To his fellow smugglers Anthony Edward Dokoupil was the Old Man He ran stateside operations for one of the largest mar.