"Gibler is something of a revelation, having been living and writing from Mexico for a range of progressive publications only since 2006, but providing reflections, insights, and a level of understanding worthy of a veteran correspondent." (Latin American Review of Books)
Combining on-the-ground reporting and in-depth discussions with people on the frontlines of Mexico's drug war, To Die in Mexico tells behind-the-scenes stories that address the causes and consequences of Mexico's multibillion dollar drug trafficking business. John Gibler looks beyond the myths that pervade government and media portrayals of the unprecedented wave of violence now pushing Mexico to the breaking point.
Excellent sourced, well documented and the narration was just superb. Great glance towards Mexico's narcoviolence
John Gibler lays out the warp and weft of the Mexican drug war. The government won't stop it because they are part of the same cloth. Collusion is too weak of a word to describe the relationship between the military, police and drug captains. They are the same industry, and human lives are the currency.
In this superb overview, written in a conversational and easy to grasp style, Gibler bears witness to lives lost, giving them names and identities so they will not be forgotten. He shows the terror of the citizenry with a particular focus on journalists who try to find ways to tell the world what happens here without being killed.
Horrific stories, extraordinarily told, that left me with a comprehensive understanding of the layers of power and factionalism at work in Mexico's drug war. Narrated by Jonathan Davis who gives it the taut pacing of a Grisham novel while acknowledging the real-life horror.
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