Marching Powder by Rusty Young

Marching Powder

By Rusty Young

  • Release Date: 2011-08-19
  • Genre: True Crime
Score: 4.5
From 442 Ratings
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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.


  • Brilliant book

    By Robdogg🐶
    First review I have ever written even though read countless good books! Quite unbelievable what goes on in and out of the prison entertaining - shocking and all in between to say the least. Gutted when I finished it was that good! Recommend to everyone who's partial to the odd patsie!! Or had a wkend binge lol. Iv never seen a crack cat on any Attenborough programs but the one in this book should have a documentary done defo, "a day in the life of a jail junkie crack cat" 😂
  • WOW

    By Mingmark
    This book is a must read
  • Fantastic

    By Ham101xyz
    Best book I've read in a long time. Now I'm at a loss what to read.
  • Marching Powder

    By Del_1990
    Fantastic read this book is amazing
  • Marching powder

    By W_young_1989
    Great book! 5⭐️
  • Unbelievable, Great Read

    By Vince :-:-
    Best book I've ever read. Unbelievable. A definite must read...
  • Highly addictive read

    By Christine Watson
    Highly addictive read
  • thoroughly enjoyed this book

    By RyanInLondon
    i thoroughly enjoyed this book, which on the first night i read 500 pages of and couldn't put down, extremely interesting read and told in a fantastic way, from start to finish. i hope Thomas has moved on and is enjoying life again. well worth the read and would (and have) recommend to anyone who enjoys true prison stories.
  • Fascinating

    By djakovleva
    Very exciting book. Couldn't put it down!
  • Best book Ever

    By Nick333333111111
    I read this book 3 times that's how much I enjoyed it !! They should make a film of this that would be epic!!