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Summary

The term Mexican Drug War misleads. It implies that the ongoing bloodbath, which has now killed well over 100,000 people, is an internal Mexican affair. But this diverts attention from the US role in creating and sustaining the carnage. It's not just that Americans buy drugs from and sell weapons to Mexico's murderous cartels. It's that ever since the US prohibited the use and sale of drugs in the early 1900s, it has pressured Mexico into acting as its border enforcer - with increasingly deadly consequences. Mexico was not a helpless victim. Powerful forces within the country profited hugely from supplying Americans with what their government forbade them. But the policies that spawned the drug war have proved disastrous for both countries. Written by two award-winning authors, one American and the other Mexican, A Narco History reviews the interlocking 20th-century histories that produced this 21st-century calamity and proposes how to end it.

©2015 Carmen Boullosa and Mike Wallace (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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  • Lisa
  • 02-07-18

Comprehensive and compelling.

This is a very well-researched dialectical analysis of a very busy topic. Helps you get a grasp on all the factors leading up to what we commonly refer to as the "Mexican Drug War". The ending is a bit lack-luster though as it suggests still relying on capitalism (be it a capitalism with a friendly mask) to fix these socio-economic problems where all of his research clearly leads one to believe a revolution is the only solution. But overall I really liked this book.

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  • Sharon
  • 02-09-16

Brilliant History

This should be standard reading for anyone who is interested in the history of the Mexican drug problem. They often quote from Ioan Grillo's El Narco - also obligatory reading if this is your interest. My only criticism is that the narrator clearly cannot pronounce the Mexican Spanish words properly and sounds more like a CNN transatlantic announcer.

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  • Cody Sewell
  • 18-04-17

Blame America

There is a lot of interesting, factual information in this book. There is also a whole lot of opinion scattered heavily throughout. Somehow, Americans' freedom to own AR15's puts RPG's (rocket propelled grenades) on the streets of Mexico?

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  • John Jackson
  • 12-10-15

Want to be angry at popular stupidity?

If so this book is for you. Give it a read and get mad now.

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