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    Description'War' is no exaggeration in discussing the bloodshed that has terrorized Mexico in the past decades. As rival cartels battle for control of a billion-dollar drug trade, the body count- 23,000 dead in five years - and sheer horror beggar the imagination of journalistic witnesses. Cartel gunmen have shot up schools and rehabilitation centers, and murdered the entire families of those who defy them. Reformers and law enforcement officials have been gunned down within hours of taking office. Headless corpses are dumped on streets to intimidate rivals, and severed heads are rolled onto dancefloors as messages to would-be opponents. And the war is creeping northward. El Narco is the story of the ultraviolent criminal organizations that have turned huge areas of Mexico into a combat zone. It is a piercing portrait of a drug trade that turns ordinary men into mass murderers, as well as a diagnosis of what drives the cartels and what gives them such power. Veteran Mexico correspondent Ioan Grillo traces the gangs from their origins as smugglers to their present status as criminal empires. The narco cartels are a threat to the Mexican government, and their violence has now reached as far as North Carolina. El Narco is required reading for anyone concerned about one of the most important news stories of the decade.


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    Title
    El Narco
    Subtitle
    The Bloody Rise of Mexican Drug Cartels
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ioan Grillo
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 263 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781408822432
    ISBN 10: 1408822431
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: CRI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.3
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KLCM
    BISAC V2.8: SOC000000, HIS025000, HIS037030
    BIC subject category V2: JKVG, 1KLCM
    BISAC V2.8: TRU003000
    DC23: 364.1770972
    Thema V1.0: JB, NHB, NHK, JKVM, JKVG
    Illustrations note
    16pp colour plate sections
    Publisher
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Publication date
    17 January 2013
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    A native of England, Ioan Grillo has covered Mexico since 2001 for top newspapers, magazines and TV stations in the US and UK. He reports for Time Magazine as well as producing presentations for stations including PBS, ABC and Channel 4 of the 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 seizures; he's also discussed the drug war with two Mexican presidents, three attorney generals and the U.S. ambassador, among others.
    Review quote
    Grillo's clear-eyed, sobering account has authority and a flair for colourful anecdotes, making for disturbing but riveting reading Metro A superb report form the front lines of narco-violence Independent [A] shining example of dogged, impassioned and courageous reporting ... compelling ... his pace is furious, like driving at top speed along a wild mountain track in a pickup and there is no doubting his expertise, his compassion or his grit Daily Express It is hard enough to report the facts of Mexico's crazy death spiral of drug violence. Ioan Grillo goes much, much deeper. He explains why El Narco threatens the soul of this beautiful country. He tells us how we got here -- William Booth, bureau chief for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean Washington Post A fascinating and terrifying account Sydney Morning Herald Heartbreaking ... El Narco is a fine work of journalism Irish Times Remarkable Houston Chronicle Puts a human face on the bloodshed Boston Globe