The Last Narco by Malcolm Beith
Inside the Hunt for El Chapo, the World's Most Wanted Drug Lord

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The dense hills of Sinaloa, Mexico, are home to the most powerful drug lord since Pablo Escobar: Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Guzman is among the world’s ten most wanted men and also appeared on Forbes magazine’s 2009 billionaire list. With his massive wealth, his army of professional killers, and a network of informants that reaches into the highest levels of government, catching Guzman was considered impossible—until now. Newly isolated by infighting amongst the cartels, and with Mexican and DEA authorities closing in, El Chapo is vulnerable as never before. Newsweek correspondent Malcolm Beith has spent years reporting on the drug wars and follows the chase with full access to senior officials and exclusive interviews with soldiers and drug traffickers in the region, including members of Guzman’s cartel. The Last Narco combines fearless reporting with the story of El Chapo’s legendary rise from a poor farming family to the “capo” of the world’s largest drug empire. The Last Narco is essential reading about one of the most pressing and dramatic stories in the news today—a true crime thriller happening in real time.

About Malcolm Beith

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Malcolm Beith is a writer based in Mexico City. He has covered the drug war for Newsweek, and has contributed to Foreign Policy, World Politics Review and Jane's Intelligence Weekly. He has also reported from Iraq, Haiti, and Colombia.
Published September 7, 2010 by Grove Press. 289 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Crime. Non-fiction

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His near-mythic status has been enhanced by a variety of factors, including his influence (at one time he employed as many as 150,000 people) his many escapes from near-capture, the narcocorridos (drug ballads) and public banners mocking thwarted rivals and feckless law enforcement (“You’ll never...

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Beith believes some of the most informed sources within Mexican law enforcement fear being murdered if El Chapo learns they chatted, however harmlessly, to an American journalist.

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London Review of Books

Yudit del Rincón, a congresswoman and vocal critic of Calderón’s drug policies, has expressed concern that her teenage sons – born into comfortable lives in the suburbs, future members of the political class – ape the behaviour of drug lords, listen to their music, wear gold chains and so on.

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