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

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

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By (author) Charles Bowden

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  • Publisher: Nation Books
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 208mm x 28mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 14 April 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1568586450
  • ISBN 13: 9781568586458
  • Edition statement: First Trade Paper ed
  • Illustrations note: b/w photos
  • Sales rank: 162,312

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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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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.