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Roberts, Jon 1948-

Works: 12 works in 49 publications in 6 languages and 1,180 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  History  Case studies  Drama  Longitudinal studies  Crime films 
Roles: Author
Classifications: HV5805.R637, 363.45092
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Jon Roberts
Cocaine cowboys by Billy Corben( Visual )

5 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the cocaine trade in Miami, Florida in the 1970s and 1980s. Examines connections with Colombia's powerful Medellín drug cartel. Features interviews with drug dealers, smugglers, hitmen, law enforcement officers, and journalists
American desperado : my life-- from mafia soldier to cocaine cowboy to secret government asset by Jon Roberts( Book )

4 editions published between 2011 and 2016 in Dutch and English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 2008 veteran journalist Evan Wright, acclaimed for his New York Times bestselling book Generation Kill and co-writer of the Emmy-winning HBO series it spawned, began a series of conversations with super-criminal Jon Roberts, star of the fabulously successful documentary Cocaine Cowboys. Those conversations would last three years, during which time Wright came to realize that Roberts was much more than the de-facto "transportation chief" of the Medellin Cartel during the 1980s, much more than a facilitator of a national drug epidemic. As Wright's tape recorder whirred and Roberts unburdened himself of hundreds of jaw-dropping tales, it became clear that perhaps no one in history had broken so many laws with such willful abandon. Roberts, in fact, seemed to be a prodigy of criminality ' but one with a remarkable self-awareness and a fierce desire to protect his son from following the same path. American Desperado is Roberts' no-holds-barred account of being born into Mafia royalty, witnessing his first murder at the age of seven, becoming a hunter-assassin in Vietnam, returning to New York to become -- at age 22 -- one of the city's leading nightclub impresarios, then journeying to Miami where in a few short years he would rise to become the Medellin Cartel's most effective smuggler. But that's just half the tale. The roster of Roberts' friends and acquaintances reads like a Who's Who of the latter half of the 20th century and includes everyone from Jimi Hendrix, Richard Pryor, and O.J. Simpson to Carlo Gambino, Meyer Lansky, and Manuel Noriega. Nothing if not colorful, Roberts surrounded himself with beautiful women, drove his souped-up street car at a top speed of 180 miles per hour, shared his bed with a 200-pound cougar, and employed a 6"6" professional wrestler called "The Thing" as his bodyguard. Ultimately, Roberts became so powerful that he attracted the attention of the Republican Party's leadership, was wooed by them, and even was co-opted by the CIA for which he carried out its secret agenda. Scrupulously documented and relentlessly propulsive, this collaboration between a bloodhound journalist and one of the most audacious criminals ever is like no other crime book you've ever read. Jon Roberts may be the only criminal who changed the course of American history. From the Hardcover edition
American desperado une vie dans la Mafia, le trafic de cocaïne et les services secrets by Jon Roberts( Book )

3 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in French and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ce livre retrace l'histoire intense de John Riccobono alias Jon Roberts. Né dans la famille Gambino affiliée à la Mafia new-yorkaise, Jon a sept ans quand il est témoin d'un meurtre commis par son père et doit apprendre la loi du silence. Suivant la voie qu'on lui a tracée, il fait ses armes comme "soldat" du clan Gambino puis s'engage dans les marines et donne libre cours à sa sauvagerie naturelle au Vietnam. On le retrouve à vingt-deux ans à New York, où il supervise le racket des boîtes de nuit pour ses oncles. La vague disco/cocaïne va lui donner des idées et lui faire découvrir Miami, où il devient en quelques années l'un des correspondants les plus actifs du cartel de Medellín, écoulant de 50 à 100 kg de poudre par mois. Son carnet d'adresses se lit comme un bottin mondain : le général Noriega, Richard Pryor, O-J Simpson, Meyer Lansky, Richard Dreyfuss, Pablo Escobar... Au volant de voitures de luxe, entouré des plus belles femmes, il est aussi charmant qu'amoral et meurtrier. Scrupuleusement documenté, ce livre écrit en collaboration avec Evan Wright, romancier et grand reporter, permet de découvrir non seulement la vie d'un criminel extraordinairement audacieux, mais aussi une période chaotique et passionnante de l'histoire américaine. Un beau matin de 1986, le FBI fait une descente chez Jon Roberts. S'ensuit une cavale qui durera cinq ans. Capturé, Jon bénéficiera d'une réduction de peine en échange d'informations. Emporté par un cancer le 28 décembre 2011, il n'aura survécu que deux mois à la publication de ses Mémoires
Cocaine cowboys : reloaded / a Rakontur production ; produced by Alfred Spellman, Billy Corben, David Cypkin ; directed by Billy Corben( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The true story of how Miami became the drug, murder and cash capital of the United States. Reloaded with never-before-seen footage, interviews, and stories told about Miami's Cocaine Wars, containing recently uncovered archival news footage
Il re by Jon Roberts( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in Italian and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prawdziwy gangster : moje życie : od żołnierza mafii do kokainowego kowboja i tajnego współpracownika władz by Jon Roberts( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in Polish and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A mafia insider and former head smuggler for the Medellin cartel describes his violent relationships with criminal powers, his alliance with the U.S. government, and his role in reshaping the nation's war on drugs
National Longitudinal Study : Base Year (1972) through Fourth Follow-Up (1979). Data File Users' Manual. Volume I (Includes Appendix A through Appendix C) by Jon Roberts( Book )

1 edition published in 1981 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The National Longitudinal Study (NLS) of the High School Class of 1972 is a large-scale long-term survey effort supported by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Educational Research and Improvement in the U.S. Department of Education. NLS is designed to provide statistics on a national sample of students as they move out of the American high school system into the critical years of early adulthood. Data have been gathered and colligated from several sources, coded and edited for analysis purposes, and stored on magnetic computer tapes for future access. The current tapes contain base-year (1972) survey data, collected by the Educational Testing Service, integrated with first follow-up (1973), second follow-up (1974), third follow-up (1976), and fourth follow-up (1979) survey data, collected by the Research Triangle Institute. The Users Manual provides a detailed description of the merged NLS data file now available for use by the general research community. These data provide an extensive and potentially rich resource for a variety of research purposes. The purpose of this manual is to document the contents of the available tapes, and thereby enable the interested investigator to exploit effectively the research potential or' the data. The following are appended: (1) Instrumentation: Student's School Record Information Form, Base-Year Student Questionnaire, First Follow-Up Questionnaire (Form B), Second Follow-Up Questionnaire, Activity State Questionnaire, Third Follow-Up Questionnaire, Fourth Follow-Up Questionnaire, and Supplemental Questionnaire; (2) Critical Items and Supporting Items in the First, Second, and Third Follow-Up Questionnaires, and Critical Items in the Fourth Follow-Up Questionnaire; and (3) Miscellaneous Codes, Created Response Categories, and Questions with Resolvable Multiple Responses. [This report was prepared by the Center for Educational Research and Evaluation, Research Triangle Institute.]
National longitudinal study, base year (1972) through fourth follow-up (1979) : data file users manual( )

2 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Sample was taken of students from all schools, public & private, in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. which had twelfth graders during the 1971-72 school year. The study excluded students from schools for the physically or mentally handicapped, those for legally confined students and in special situations (such as area vocational schools) where students were also enrolled in other high schools in the sampling frame. Factors in the questionnaire included personal family background, educational and work experiences, plans, aspirations, attitudes amd opinions. In addition to the questionnaire students were asked to complete a 69-minute test book measuring verbal and nonverbal ability
American desperado : my life as a cocaine cowboy by Jon Roberts( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

American Desperado is possibly the most jaw-dropping, event-filled, adrenaline-soaked criminal autobiography ever written. Like a real-life Scarface Jon was born into the upper levels of the Gambino crime family and witnessed his first murder at age seven. He became a one-man juvenile crime wave before joining an assassination squad in Vietnam
American desperado by Jon Roberts( Recording )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Jon Roberts was one of America's most successful drug traffickers, pulling in millions of dollars by helping the Medellin cartel smuggle cocaine across United States borders. Here, Roberts tells the amazing story of his rise, his inevitable arrest, and his decision to become a government informant. Along the way, he shows remorse for some of his crimes, and a hope that his son doesn't try and follow him in his criminal footsteps
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American desperado : my life-- from mafia soldier to cocaine cowboy to secret government asset
Alternative Names
Jon Roberts American drug trafficker and informant

Jon Roberts Amerikaans drugssmokkelaar (1948-2011)

Jon Roberts US-amerikanischer Drogendealer

Riccobono John 1948-2011