No stranger to the Better Reading Podcast, Rusty Young is back! Last time, he chatted with Cheryl Akle about his newest book, Colombiano, a gripping look into the lives of child soldiers in Bolivia, but this time, they chat about Rusty’s newest creative venture, a documentary called Wildlands. Rusty returned to Bolivia to make this harrowing and intelligent documentary about the realities of the international cocaine trade.
Podcast Guest: Rusty Young
Rusty Young is the author of the international bestseller Marching Powder, the true story of an English drug smuggler in Bolivia’s notorious San Pedro Prison. He grew up in Sydney, and studied Finance and Law at the University of New South Wales. However, following the global success of Marching Powder he settled in Bogotá, Colombia for seven years. Since 2011, Rusty’s house in Bogotá has been the headquarters for a local charity that supports former child soldiers exiting the civil war, teaching them valuable life skills. Colombiano is his first novel.
In Wildlands, Rusty Young returns to Bolivia to uncover the brutal realities of the international cocaine trade. His investigation sees him cross paths with some of the most notorious assassins and traffickers in history, as well as the undercover agents and informants working against them. What emerges is a world driven by addiction, to the drug, to the game, to the chase. Wildlands is an enthralling and shocking exposé that lays bare the inner workings of the war on drugs.
Duration: 31 mins.