Narcoland: The Mexican Drug Lords and Their Godfathers

Narcoland: The Mexican Drug Lords and Their Godfathers


By (author) Anabel Hernandez, By (author) Roberto Saviano, Translated by Iain Bruce

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  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Format: Hardback | 362 pages
  • Dimensions: 162mm x 236mm x 40mm | 740g
  • Publication date: 10 September 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1781680736
  • ISBN 13: 9781781680735
  • Sales rank: 115,226

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The product of five years of investigative reporting, the subject of intense national controversy, and the source of death threats that forced the National Human Rights Commission to assign two full-time bodyguards to Anabel Hernández, Narcoland has been a publishing and political sensation in Mexico. The definitive history and anatomy of the drug cartels and the "war on drugs" that has cost more than 50,000 lives in just five years, the book explains in riveting detail how Mexico became a base for the mega- cartels of Latin America and one of the most violent places on the planet. At every turn, Hernández names names - not just the narcos, but also the politicians, functionaries, judges and entrepreneurs who have collaborated with them. In doing so, she reveals the stunning corruption of Mexico's government and business elite. Hernández became a journalist after her father was kidnapped and killed and the police refused to investigate without a bribe. She gained prominence in 2001 with her exposure of pharaonic spending at the presidential palace. Her previous books have also focused on corruption at the summit of power, under presidents Vicente Fox and Felipe Calderón.

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ANABEL HERNANDEZ is one of Mexico's leading investigative journalists. She has worked on national dailies including Reforma, Milenio, El Universal and its investigative supplement La Revista (now emeequis). She currently contributes to the online news site Reporte Indigo. Her previous books include La familia presidencial, Fin de fiesta en los pinos, and Los cómplices del presidente.

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"An ambitious and daring sketch of the political nexus that ensures the Mexican system of narcotics delivery to the U.S." --"LA Times ""A definitive work on Cartel history." --"Pop Matters" ""Narcoland," with its explosive descriptions of decades of corruption permeating the upper echelons of government, leaves an extremely bad taste in the reader's mouth about the state of Mexico's perennially corrupt institutions - and begs the question: how much has changed? For "Narcoland," Anabel Hernandez spent five years combing police, court and US papers, securing access to informers and sources and pursuing often fruitless requests for official files. The result is a searing indictment of a war on drugs." "--Financial Times""Anabel Hernandez exposes the most murderous drug organization in Mexico, the Mexican government. Of course, this level of corruption is only possible thanks to the moral and financial support of the leaders in Washington." --Charles Bowden, author of "Murder City: Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy's New Killing Fields" "What I appreciate in Anabel is not only her courage, it is her overall view that is so rare to find. In a country like Mexico, which has a deeply compromised democracy, the strength of reporters who assess these important issues is ultimately their attempt to save their democracy. While nailing politicians to their responsibilities, Anabel transforms her pages into an instrument for readers, an instrument of democracy." --from the Foreword by Roberto Saviano, author of "Gomorrah" "Hernandez's investigation into corruption ... traces the collusion of government, law enforcement, and military figures with the narcos back at least to the 1970s ... Her book has sold over 170,000 copies in Mexico and she now lives protected by bodyguards." Enrique Krauze, author of "Mexico: Biography of Powe"r, in "The New York Review of Books" "Indispensable reading for anyone who wants to understan