Amexica by Ed Vulliamy
War Along the Borderline

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Amexica is the harrowing story of the extraordinary terror unfolding along the U.S.-Mexico border—“a country in its own right, which belongs to both the United States and Mexico, yet neither”—as the narco-war escalates to a fever pitch there.

In 2009, after reporting from the border for many years, Ed Vulliamy traveled the frontier from the Pacific coast to the Gulf of Mexico, from Tijuana to Matamoros, a journey through a kaleidoscopic landscape of corruption and all-out civil war, but also of beauty and joy and resilience. He describes in revelatory detail how the narco gangs work; the smuggling of people, weapons, and drugs back and forth across the border; middle-class flight from Mexico and an American celebrity culture that is feeding the violence; the interrelated economies of drugs and the maquiladora factories; the ruthless, systematic murder of young women in Ciudad Juarez. Heroes, villains, and victims—the brave and rogue police, priests, women, and journalists fighting the violence; the gangs and their freelance killers; the dead and the devastated—all come to life in this singular book.

Amexica takes us far beyond today’s headlines. It is a street-level portrait, by turns horrific and sublime, of a place and people in a time of war as much as of the war itself.


About Ed Vulliamy

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Ed Vulliamy is a journalist and writes for the Guardian and Observer. For his work in Bosnia, Italy, the US and Iraq he has won a James Cameron Award and an Amnesty International Media Award and has been named International Reporter of the Year (twice) and runner-up at the Foreign Press Association Awards. In 1996 he became the first journalist to testify at an international crimes court, at the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia. A believer in the duty of journalists to testify in matters of humanitarian law, he has since lectured extensively on the subject. Twitter: @edvulliamy
Published October 26, 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 432 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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The author writes lyrically, with the enticing rhythm of his sentences contrasting jarringly with the degradation of humanity found on nearly every page, and Vulliamy generously credits authors who have documented the border in previous books in both English and Spanish.

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The New York Times

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The veteran British journalist Ed Vulliamy is visiting Ciudad Juárez, epicenter of Mexican border violence, when a massacre occurs at a drug rehabilitation clinic in an impoverished neighborhood on the outskirts of town.

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The Guardian

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With a great sense of timing, Vulliamy now comes out with the most vivid book so far published in English on the bloody calamity that has been visited on Mexico's northern border lands – and on many on the US side of it – by the initiative of politicians in both countries to extend the "war on dr...

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The Guardian

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There is one ray of optimism in Amexica, Ed Vulliamy's important book on the war raging all along the Mexican-United States border.

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The Telegraph

On the American side, the government has the power to ban the sales of assault weapons that are transported south on highways – opened up by a 1994 free-trade agreement with Washington – and which account for 90 per cent of the weapons used by drug gangs.

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The Bookbag

Summary: A powerful, compelling work of reportage about life and death along the 2000 mile border between US and Mexico, and the devastating impact of the drugs trade and deregulated capitalism.

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