Narcoland

Narcoland

The Mexican Drug Lords and Their Godfathers

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Random House, Inc.
The product of five years’ 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 its author, Anabel Hernández, Narcoland has been a publishing and political sensation in Mexico.

The definitive history of the drug cartels, Narcoland takes readers to the front lines of the “war on drugs,” which has so far cost more than 60,000 lives in just six years. Hernández 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 mind-boggling depth of corruption in 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 national prominence in 2001 with her exposure of excess and misconduct at the presidential palace, and previous books have focused on criminality at the summit of power, under presidents Vicente Fox and Felipe Calderón.

In awarding Hernández the 2012 Golden Pen of Freedom, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers noted, “Mexico has become one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists, with violence and impunity remaining major challenges in terms of press freedom. In making this award, we recognize the strong stance Ms. Hernández has taken, at great personal risk, against drug cartels.”

WW Norton
Explosive, bestselling account of Mexico’s drug cartels and the government–business nexus that enables them.
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, The Lords of el Narco 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. Hernández reveals the complicity of Mexico’s government and business elite. At every turn, she names names—not just the narcos and their immediate accomplices, but also the politicians, policemen, functionaries, judges and entrepreneurs who have collaborated with them.

Hernández became a journalist after her father was kidnapped and killed and the police refused to investigate without a bribe. She gained national prominence in 2001 with her exposure of pharaonic spending on housekeeping at the presidential palace. All her previous books have also focused on corruption at the summit of power, under presidents Vicente Fox and Felipe Calderón.

In 2012, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers awarded her the Golden Pen of Freedom, declaring: "Mexico has become one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists, with violence and impunity remaining major challenges in terms of press freedom. In making this award, WAN-IFRA recognises the strong stance Ms. Hernández has taken, at great personal risk, against drug cartels. Her actions help ensure the development of good, unrestricted investigative journalism in the region."



Baker & Taylor
Drawing from five years' worth of investigative reporting, presents the history of Latin American drug cartels, revealing how Mexico became their base and the extent of corruption within the country's government and business elite.

Book News
Hernanández, an investigative journalist in Mexico, examines the development of drug production and trafficking in Mexico, the Mexican government's complicity with crime rings that supply the US with drugs, and the most violent leaders of the drug trade. She draws on research, legal documents, the testimony of witnesses, and interviews with those involved in the cartels, police and government officials, and others to describe the corrupt governments of Vicente Fox and Felipe Calderón, the escape of drug baron El Chapo Guzmán from prison, the crash that killed former interior secretary Juan Camilo Mouriño, the businesses that transport drugs and money out of Mexico, the protection of the Sinaloa cartel by the government, and the involvement of many others. The book was first published in Spanish as Los Señores del Narco in 2010, and has been translated into English by Iain Bruce. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: London ;, New York :, Verso,, 2013.
Edition: English language edition.
ISBN: 9781781680735
1781680736
Characteristics: x, 362 pages ; 25 cm

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ElaineMS
Dec 05, 2013

Important, complicated topic. Complicated, unreadable(imo)book Helpful glossary and list of characters. Naming conventions make it almost impossible to keep track of characters. Translation (esp of dialogue) seems awkward. Story line is repetitive and crowded with too many minor characters. I WILL read this book if it kills me. It will just take multiple check outs. Maybe the 3rd chapter will be better.

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