Murder City

Murder City : Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy's New Killing Fields

By (author) Charles Bowden


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Ciudad Juarez lies just across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas. A once-thriving border town, it now resembles a failed state. Infamously known as the place where women disappear, its murder rate exceeds that of Baghdad or Mogadishu. In Murder City, Charles Bowden has written an extraordinary account of what happens when a city disintegrates. Interweaving stories of its inhabitants--a raped beauty queen, a repentant hit man, a journalist fleeing for his life--with a broader meditation on the town's descent into anarchy, Bowden reveals how Juarez's culture of violence will not only worsen but inevitably spread north.

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 139.7 x 208.28 x 27.94mm | 408.23g
  • 14 Apr 2011
  • Avalon Publishing Group
  • Nation Books
  • New York
  • English
  • First Trade Paper ed
  • b/w photos
  • 1568586450
  • 9781568586458
  • 166,922

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Charles Bowden is a contributing editor for GQ and Mother Jones; he also writes for Harper's, the New York Times Book Review, and Esquire. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.

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