The world has watched, stunned, the bloodshed in Mexico. Forty 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 part of a worldwide
shadow economy that threatens Mexico's democracy? The United States
throws Black Hawk helicopters, DEA assistance, and lots of money at the
problem. But in secret, Washington is at a loss. Who are these
mysterious figures who threaten Mexico's democracy? What is El Narco?
Narco is not a gang; it is a movement and an industry drawing in
hundreds of thousands, from bullet-riddled barrios to marijuana-covered
mountains. The conflict spawned by El Narco has given rise to
paramilitary death squads battling from Guatemala to the Texas border
(and sometimes beyond). In this "propulsive ... high-octane" book (Publishers Weekly),
Ioan Grillo draws the first definitive portrait of Mexico's cartels and
how they have radically transformed in the past decade.