El Narco by Ioan Grillo
Inside Mexico's Criminal Insurgency

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The world has watched stunned at the bloodshed in Mexico. Thirty thousand murdered since 2006; police chiefs shot within hours of taking office; mass graves comparable to those of civil wars; car bombs shattering storefronts; headless corpses heaped in town squares. And it is all because a few Americans are getting high. Or is it? The United States throws Black Hawk helicopters and drug agents at the problem. But in secret, Washington is confused and divided about what to do. Who are these mysterious figures tearing Mexico apart? they wonder. What is El Narco?


El Narco draws the first definitive portrait of Mexico's drug cartels and how they have radically transformed in the last decade. El Narco is not a gang; it is a movement and an industry drawing in hundreds of thousands from bullet-ridden barrios to marijuana-growing mountains. And it has created paramilitary death squads with tens of thousands of men-at-arms from Guatemala to the Texas border. Journalist Ioan Grillo has spent a decade in Mexico reporting on the drug wars from the front lines. This piercing book joins testimonies from inside the cartels with firsthand dispatches and unsparing analysis. The devastation may be south of the Rio Grande, El Narco shows, but America is knee-deep in this conflict

 

About Ioan Grillo

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Ioan Grillo has covered Mexico since 2001 for top newspapers, magazines, and TV stations in the U.S. and the UK. He reports for Time as well as producing presentations for PBS, ABC, and Channel 4 (UK). He regularly appears on radio and TV, commenting on Mexican crime and other issues. He has witnessed police and military operations, mafia killings and major drug seizures; he has discussed the drug war with two Mexican presidents, three attorneys general, and the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, among others.
 
Published November 1, 2011 by Bloomsbury Press. 336 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Crime. Non-fiction

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The war that followed, over territory and smuggling routes, pitted Sinaloan gangsters, who’d traditionally managed cannabis and opiate production, against the upstart northeast gangs, and cycles of horrifying bloodshed have followed ever since, with an estimated 35,000 dead.

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Grillo, a seasoned reporter on the Mexican narcotics industry, offers a propulsive account of the blood-soaked machinery of "El Narco," the shadowy complex of drug cartels, street gangs, and paramilitary death squads that have littered Mexican streets with bodies and AK-47 shells.

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Mr. Grillo's bad news spans 291 pages of text that are neatly organized into 16 coherent and lucid chapters.

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For those unlike me, those who never saw Mexico as it was under the malgobierno of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), stories that come out of today's México must read like graphic horror novels or (worse) stuff from a meth-addled gangbanger's version of Rotten Dot Com.

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New York Journal of Books

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Governments across the United States are straining with their fiscal budgets and decriminalizing small drug use has freed space in the prison system for the real criminals that are a threat to society.

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They never really thought two steps ahead.”To his credit, Ioan Grillo doesn’t just focus on the prurient aspects of drug trafficking, but manages also to illuminate some potential cures for the disease of illegal drug cartels, citing some successful international remedies.

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Scotsman.com

Most local police forces and politicians in regions of northern Mexico are in the pocket of one drug cartel or another, with the result that there are frequently running street battles between different police forces.

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What is El Narco?
El Narco draws the first definitive portrait of Mexico's drug cartels and how they have radically transformed in the last decade.

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Mother Jones

In 2004, as Mexico's drug violence took a particularly bloody turn, Ioan Grillo was writing for the Houston Chronicle.

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