Audiobooks El Narco –

The World Has Watched Stunned At The Bloodshed In Mexico Thirty Thousand Murdered Since 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 I picked this book because it was the most lauded of the recent crop of English language books about the Mexican Cartels I was not disappointed I have been following this issue for some time now through both newspaper investigations and systematic assessments like those at InsightCrime and Small Wars Journal But while the gruesomeness and the severity of the Mexican DTO problem is nothing new to me, Ioan Grillo highlighted several misconceptions that I had gathered from other usually reliable sources , the most notable being the fact that the current escalation of cartel violence actually predates Calderon s presidency Grillo s extensive amount of time in country is on display as he deftly shifts his focus from one aspect of this multi faceted problem to another, moving from the macro to the micro and back again Never so in the weeds as to become tiresome or redundant, but never so cursory as to leave out important facts and trends, Grillo does an excellent job of putting a modern menace within a political, social, and economic context that stretches back for decades Better yet, Grillo demonstrates a familiarity with sophisticated analyses in both English and Spanish that augment his first hand observations and provide the reader with a opportunity to learn from other authors The result is a book that can offer something for virtually everyone, from the completely uninitiated to the longtime analyst.It addresses one of the most difficult and dangerous problems of our time, and is a must read due to its accessibility and intelligence. Is this the most beautifully crafted writing about Mexico s drug war no For that it would be better to seek out Charles Bowden or John Gibler It is, however, the most complete and well synthesized history of the Mexican drug trade available in the English language And I will say this distinction is all about sources Ioan Grillo has clearly read all of the most important works of the fearless Mexican journalists who cover the Mexican drug trade, while also undertaking a substantial amount of fieldwork in drug producing and trafficking regions of Mexico Compared to the other major work released recently, The Cartel, there is a night and day sort of contrast when it comes to sources Grillo s are impeccable, and include working closely some of the bravest journalists on earth, while Longmire s is invested in policy documents and accounts from North of the border Most impressive, though is that Grillo manages to make sense of the bloodshed than just about anyone I ve come across, which is no small feat After all, one of the major themes running through the literature of the drug war is the utter confusion of the observer Grillo manages to make economic sense of the trade, politics and violence than most accounts More impressive is that he was able to tie a lot of this information together before Anabel Hernandez s landmark work Los senores del narco was released Perhaps the factor of being an outsider from both the American and Mexican sides of the trade allows Grillo a better perspective on the mess. This encompasses an excellent historical review of narco crime in Mexico how it evolved and became and vicious.Mexico has been used as a trampoline author s expression for passage of drugs from Columbia to the U.S With the suppression of the cartels or drug lords in Columbia namely Pablo Escobar the power base shifted to Mexico which also produces marijuana and other stronger narcotics cocaine and heroin There are different cartels that compete with each other to transport and funnel drugs to the U.S There are chiefly the Sinaloa Cartel in Western Mexico and the Zetas on the Gulf side They war savagely with each other It is to the point where civil authority has broken down in many cities like Ciudad Juarez, Tijuana and Culiacan Local police will sometimes unite with the narco gangs to gun down Mexican federal troops sent in to attempt to establish law and order Some well trained Mexican troops have left their posts to join the narco gangs to provide para military training So there are now areas where a parallel government uses terror to enforce its power Sometimes they will commit atrocities in the territory of another cartel to shift the focus of government forces to their opponents area The government is often in a quandary because when it sends in federal troops, who are unfamiliar with the area and are facing guerilla like warfare, they risk committing atrocities themselves But if they don t respond, local residents become and under the intimidating control of the cartels.And the cartels are expanding their entrepreneurship to kidnappings, control of migrant flow to the U.S., and business shakedowns of even large corporations There are Mexicans dealing drugs in the U.S The cartels are establishing liaisons with Central America and of course Columbia.The author does well to point out that not all of Mexico is a free fire zone Mexico City has a crime rate comparable to some large U.S cities But over the years the government and its varied police forces and the author points to this also as a problem, which is the lack of unity in Mexican police forces have lost credibility The War on Drugs has become and violent, has caused civil breakdown in many border cities and there is little light at the end of the tunnel The U.S is rightly concerned about all this could its southern neighbors breakdown lead to a civil war between various cartel regions Towards the end of the book the author suggests that legalization may provide an answer Legalization would provide extra tax dollars and stop spending on this constant war But this is not the focal point of the book.We are given a close up and multi layered view of a society being increasingly ruled by drug warlords It s quite a frightening world.Page 186 my book Humaya Gardens in Culiacan has hundreds of other narco tombs in its sun beaten soil It is one of the most bizarre cemeteries in the world Mausoleums are built of Italian marble and decorated with precious stones, and some even have air conditioning Many cost above 100,000 to build than most Culiacan homes Inside are surreal biblical paintings next to photos of the deceased, normally in cowboy hats and often clasping guns In some photos, they pose in fields of marijuana in others tombs, small concrete planes indicate the buried Mafioso was a pilot An alarming number are under twenty five and have died in recent years 2009, 2010, 2011. click here to read a really long review read on through for the short one.El Narco is truly one of the best books of nonfiction I ve read this year I would definitely recommend this to anyone who s even remotely interested in the topic I noticed that while looking at reviews I found one where someone calls this book conspiratorial, left wing and Anti American Don t believe it The book is frightening in its implications, because it s all too real, but the facts are well presented and thoroughly researched Grillo s own insights and personal contributions even convey some humor to break up what is an incredibly serious situations, and he s been covering Mexico and other parts of Latin America for years and is therefore most credible Great book.Ioan Grillo, journalist and author of El Narco has based his book not only on comprehensive and impeccable research, but on firsthand accounts, his own observations and often hair raising interviews The roadmap for understanding this book is completely laid out in the first chapter as Grillo examines a the transformation of groups responsible for drug smuggling who have in the last decade or so become militarized into paramilitary death squads responsible for tens of thousands of deaths, as well as the effects on ordinary people in Mexico b the rise of these groups as a dangerous criminal insurgency, one that threatens to become a civil war along the US Mexico border c the combined effects of the lack of success of the US war on drugs and Mexico s own political and economic issues in creating this insurgency and d possible solutions based on what Grillo calls a drastic rethinking of strategies that should not depend on US military involvementBut before launching into the meat of the book, Grillo first examines the concept of El Narco He notes that in Mexico, El Narco is the collective term used for traffickers, but in reality the term also designates an entire culture in its own right, spawning its own music, co opting religious icons and religions, its own clothing styles, etc., all based on the drug trafficker as local hero It is an entire movement based in the drug underworld, and as Grillo notes, the threat of El Narco and figuring out possible solutions is best understood by following its development.As the book proceeds, it follows the above listed guideline to provide an incredible look at how the traffic in drugs in Mexico went from a few people who dominated the poppy opium narcotics market to a major insurgency and an all out war which threatens to explode into unprecedented violence and a very real threat.