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Scott Adlai Stevenson is a younger cousin to the man who once ran for president. Scott was born in Hollywood, California in 1954. His family spent a couple of years in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, but the bulk of his childhood was spent in Southern California. At the ripe old age of fifteen, Scott ran away from home. He made his way to the San Francisco Bay area and eventually landed in Maui, Hawaii. When he was seventeen, he found himself living with nomadic tribes high in the mountains of Morocco, and he married the Granddaughter of a Berber chieftain. It was at this point in his life that his odyssey of drug smuggling, high adventure and international intrigue shifted into high gear.
on May 30, 2015 :
Scoundrels in Paradise is somewhat similar to the notorious movie Blow and is an interesting, provocative, plausibly thrilling read about international illegal drug intrigue, the power of fast money and appropriately hilarious government profiting from the unsuccessful Nixon War on Drugs program… The writing is well executed on the murky under world of hard core industrial strength level drug trafficking, how money laundering really work and how an attractive all American clean cut suburb family next door got seduced by big easy drug money, if nice wholesome people like this can sell drugs, one need not wonder why the disenfranchised would also be tempted to sell drugs too...
You will laugh, you may cry, however you will enjoy this book…The author bears his soul and puts it all out there revealing his successes and short comings for all the world to see, which I suggest was not an easy thing to do. There are many lessons here for most to learn from about, guts, greed, love, life and friendship…
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Oct. 11, 2014 :
The times they are a changing. I grew up with the enduring star power of Hendrix, Belushi, the Rolling Stones, Dali, Roman Polanski,,,,,and this author spent time with them all!
Rarely have I felt closer to what those times were really like. Most like to write about an era of long haired hippie freaks, mixed with war, politics and assassination. Scott Adlai Stevenson takes you into foreign lands, a world of smuggling, massive spending, marrying princesses and the world and jungles of Thailand, Morocco, and Bali. His family makes hundreds of millions, and then one by one they lose it all, and many their freedom or life. I read articles about his family's exploits. I went on the author's Facebook page and the pictures show it all, including the Porsche 914's in the movie they made using them to smuggle hundreds of pounds of hash!
I could not put this book down, and many of the lurid tales of fortunes made and lost, foreign lands and drug running will stay with me a very long time. Get this book you will enjoy it thoroughly
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on June 18, 2013 :
I'm not quite sure what to say about this book. I initially started reading it and soon realised it was a biography, but then a few chapters in it got really interesting and I could not put it down. The story of Scott Adlai Stevenson's life to date is very entertaining but its also like watching a car crash. You know it isn't going to end well. However, by the time he fell in love for the 3rd time I did see a pattern emerging.
I recommend this book as I found it well written on the whole although a phrase about "walls being covered in shit, blood and faeces" comes to mind and there were a few grammatical bug bears I overlooked. Overall an entertaining read no matter how much you don't relate to Scott. There's no denying he's had one hell of an adventure in life.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)