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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (128 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Higdon Narrator: Paul Boehmer Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2012 ISBN:
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In the summer of 1987, Johnny Boone set out to grow and harvest one of the greatest outdoor marijuana crops in modern times. In doing so, he set into motion a series of events that defined him and his associatesas the largest homegrown marijuana syndicate in American history, also known as the Cornbread Mafia.

Author James Higdon - whose relationship with Johnny Boone, currently a federal fugitive, made him the first journalist subpoenaed underthe Obama administration - takes listeners back to the 1970s and '80s and the clash between federal and local law enforcement and a band of Kentucky farmers with moonshine and pride in their bloodlines. By 1989 the task force assigned to take down men like Johnny Boone had arrested 69 men and 1 woman from busts on 29 farms in 10 states, and seized 200 tons of pot.

Of the 70 individuals arrested, none talked. How it all went down is a tale of Mafia-style storylines emanating from the Bluegrass State, and populated by Vietnam veterans and weed-loving characters caught up in Tarantino-level violence and heart-breaking altruism. Accompanied by a backdrop of rock-and-roll and rhythm-and-blues, this work of dogged investigative journalism and history is told by Higdon in action-packed, colorful, and riveting detail.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert Brase | 1/22/2014

    " I just got to watching this T.V series Justified and I remembered this book. Now the T.V. series is all made up of course but this book is the real deal. And I give it a real four and a half stars. The author has done a fantastic job of researching the history of the backwoods Kentucky marijuana growth and distribution empire that has roots as deep as the biggest tree in the holler. I really like that he shows the history of the area as well to show how almost all cause and effect come together to make what it has become. And the T.V. series isn't half bad either. The T.V. series has nothing to do with the book but the creators have done such a good job with it that when you read this book you see a lot of similarities. And with the author growing up in the area I believe this would be the only way anyone in the area would be willing to talk as it seems outsiders are not so welcome an regarded with heavy suspicions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betty | 1/20/2014

    " I enjoyed it very much since I am from Kentucky. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 1/18/2014

    " The Cornbread Mafia is a very interesting book for people that like books about Kentucky history, marijuana, and a little bit of violence. This book dives deep into the culture of Marion County, Kentucky and its unapologetic views on marijuana growth and cultivation - views stemming from as early as the prohibition era. The only reason I even had the idea to pick up this book is because it was recommended to me by the author's sister. I am quite glad that I purchased this book and will now recommend it to anyone that I think will enjoy it (which is most people). Take a chance on this book. You will surely walk away after reading it with a different perspective on many different issues. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stevenr | 1/14/2014

    " Good book about Johnny Boone and his Minnesota connection. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Xavier | 12/30/2013

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story is rich with details which make it easier to envision what was going on. I read the audiobook version and had one problem.. The narrator's voice sometimes caused me to space out. It was pretty flat at times.Other than that, It's a pretty good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele T | 12/23/2013

    " Interesting especially if you are from Kentucky. Open ended. It will probably be a movie someday. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 12/18/2013

    " hard to believe this is true "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim Abell | 11/23/2013

    " Very interesting read! Who knew there was so much pot in Kentucky!? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Taylor | 11/19/2013

    " Very disappointed how this book turned out. I (like many others from Nelson/Marion County) was really looking forward to this book. It turned out to be poorly edited version of half-truths with many things totally excluded. Had high hopes for this book, but couldn't be more disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 11/9/2013

    " The book was a little slow to get started with a detailed history of the county given by the author. The main portion of the book concerning "The Cornbread Mafia" and their activities was very interesting. Then the book slows down around chapter 11 or 12 as the author tied up loose ends. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 L | 8/27/2013

    " This book was very interesting for the first half and then seemed to get bogged down with too many names and details. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremy | 7/12/2013

    " In the late 90's my friends all passed around "Land of Opportunity" about the crack boom in Detroit. This is the redneck version with Mary Jane instead of crack. It is fucking awesome... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gary | 6/30/2013

    " I only made it halfway through this book. Despite the interesting subject matter (bootlegging, illegal drugs, bank robbers...), it reads like an assignment in a history class. It just couldn't hold my attention. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark Long | 4/27/2013

    " Great story and thorough reporting, but poor editing left it practically unreadable in parts, particularly toward the end. Trim it by a third and give it a tough edit and you'll have a winner.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mia | 3/13/2013

    " loved the history...but got bored with mafia hijinks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 10/17/2012

    " A good read especially if you live in kentucky and are familiar with the area. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie Poole | 10/4/2012

    " Loved it! More history of KY. Not proud of it but great to know. "

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About the Author

James Higdon has worked for the Courier-Journal in Louisville, the New York Times, PBS Frontline‘s Tehran Bureau; contributed material to The Prairie Home Companion; and researched the NYPD for the police drama series NYC-22. His reporting relationship with Johnny Boone landed him in the crosshairs of a federal manhunt, making him the first journalist subpoenaed by the Obama administration.

About the Narrator

Paul Boehmer is an American actor best known for his numerous appearances in the Star Trek universe. Paul is a 1992 Masters of Fine Arts graduate of the Professional Theater Training Program at the University of Delaware.