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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 Boehme Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Stevenr | 1/14/2014

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

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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.