El Narco by Ioan Grillo

El Narco

By Ioan Grillo

  • Release Date: 2011-11-01
  • Genre: Latin America
Score: 4
From 81 Ratings
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The world has watched stunned at the bloodshed in Mexico. Thirty thousand murdered since 2006; police chiefs shot within hours of taking office; mass graves comparable to those of civil wars; car bombs shattering storefronts; headless corpses heaped in town squares. And it is all because a few Americans are getting high. Or is it? The United States throws Black Hawk helicopters and drug agents at the problem. But in secret, Washington is confused and divided about what to do. Who are these mysterious figures tearing Mexico apart? they wonder. What is El Narco?

El Narco draws the first definitive portrait of Mexico's drug cartels and how they have radically transformed in the last decade. El Narco is not a gang; it is a movement and an industry drawing in hundreds of thousands from bullet-ridden barrios to marijuana-growing mountains. And it has created paramilitary death squads with tens of thousands of men-at-arms from Guatemala to the Texas border. Journalist Ioan Grillo has spent a decade in Mexico reporting on the drug wars from the front lines. This piercing book joins testimonies from inside the cartels with firsthand dispatches and unsparing analysis. The devastation may be south of the Rio Grande, El Narco shows, but America is knee-deep in this conflict


  • El narco

    By A. Davidson
    Very good book, informative, and a good read. I don't agree with all of the authors views on a couple subjects, but overall a very good read! This book is definitely a eye opener to the drug war our society faces.
  • Great

    By You're not me
    Great insight on something that I live only a days drive from. Crazy!
  • A must read for every American politician

    By superbellsam
    Despair and sadness - that's what I felt for almost the entire time I read this book. As a native of Mexico and US naturalized citizen I'm deeply impacted by the stories described. The terrible cost of illegal drugs and the lawless merchants the trade supports and enriches is perfectly dissected in this book. Why can't Mexico fix it's legal system and corrupt law enforcement institutions? Why can't Americans stop smoking, snorting and buying substances that support and encourage such horrendous actions and villains? The sad truth is that it doesn't matter "why" - it only matters "who". The people most damaged by the effects of the illegal drug trade are POOR. The only way that change will come about is through political leadership in the US as well as Mexico.
  • Mario

    By sebbywebby10
    I've lived on Both sides of the border and witnessed the brutality of the gangs and cartels in both Juarez and Monterey. I've read a few chapters from several books mostly stuff most people have already read or saw on the Internet. This was the 1st book I read all the way through. It's starts out in the beginning and goes all the way through to the present breaking it down all the way through.