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Summary

During the mid-1980s, Howard Marks had 43 aliases, 89 phone lines, and owned 25 companies throughout the world. Whether bars, recording studios, or offshore banks, all were money-laundering vehicles serving his core activity: dope dealing.

Marks began to deal small amounts of hashish while doing a postgraduate philosophy course at Oxford, and soon he was moving much larger quantities into Europe and into America. The academic life began to lose its allure. At the height of his career, he was smuggling consignments of up to 50 tons from Pakistan and Thailand to America and Canada and had contact with organisations as diverse as MI6, the CIA, the IRA, and the Mafia. Numerous newspaper profiles, books, and television documentaries have been devoted to Howard Mark's life. Touched with humour, charm, and candour, Mr Nice is his own extraordinary story.

©1996 Howard Marks

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Most of the book missing

Bit of a con. I read the book years ago and I thought I'd try it again but this is a fraction of what is in the book

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A lot of the original book has been missed.

I have read the book but thought i'd indulge myself again but was disappointed that a lot of the book had been skipped over..... BUT..... Mark's delivery makes up for it!

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the author seemed annoyingly unrepentant

the author seemed annoyingly unrepentant and apparently unwilling in the storyline or his musings on his previous actions to consider any possible detriment he might have caused others and I just didn't get any depth or real understanding of what makes the guy tick apart from some superficial account of is incredibly successful connection with organised crime and his support for it

I mean what was he thinking what contradictory ideas did he have in his mind or has he absolutely no sense that he might have done something differently if he had his time again etc I'm sure he must have other thoughts and reflections but I just didn't get these from the text of his book which would have made the whole thing for more interesting - maybe I missed it somehow I don't know

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Such a legend

Funny and likeable Howard Mark's has led a fascinating and thoroughly entertaining life would loved to have had a smoke with this dude

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Good story very interesting.

Amazing life Howard Marks led. Not as long as I thought though. Very clever man indeed.

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brilliant

amazing account ofhow an inelegant man became one of the world's best dope dealers. loved every second of his story

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Boring

Boring. Boring. Boring. oh by the way did I mention this was really boring monotoned drab voice

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Not complete

large chunks of the book missing. still enjoyable though. i would still recommend getting the print version if you can

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struggled to hear in the car

was a good story, but needed a fair amount of concentration. The author and reader has a low pitched voice so was hard to hear over engine noise in the car.

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good but edited version

sections missing from copy I read but still good, just could be better. Another line to hit the word requirement.

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  • kris zaycher
  • 05-12-17

Wish it was the whole book

One of my favorite books, sad to see it cut down to about a third

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  • Cindy
  • 01-07-16

struggled to understand his speech

Hard to understand his English with his accent. dragging story, I feel its really boring too

2 of 3 people found this review helpful