It's jarring to say the least, and unfortunately takes Grillo right out of his reporter role. Gonzalo has helped turn Mexico at the dawn of the twenty-first century into a bloodbath that has shocked the world. I visit a jail block mass before I sit down with Gonzalo. Other Titles: Narco Responsibility: Ioan Grillo. As rival cartels battle for control of a billion-dollar drug trade, the body count - 23,000 dead in five years - and sheer horror beggar the imagination of journalistic witnesses. The result is a book that can offer something for virtually everyone, from the completely uninitiated to the longtime analyst. The men in the Hummer had not been armed.
Written by a journalist, it has the feel of an extremely long but interesting magazine article on the history and evolution of the Drug Trade in the Americas. We are given a close-up and multi-layered view of a society being increasingly ruled by drug warlords. It is a comprehensive account of what is transpiring in the Western Hemisphere, under our very noses, right now. It's the duty of the living to do so for them. He was a kid who made bad choices. The violence is so casual and so brutal at the same time.
Grillo is a British reporter who's been reporting on Mexico for over a decade, and he really knows his stuff. My knowledge about the subject was really scarce and mostly based on newspaper articles. I have seen a sobbing teenager tortured on a tape sent to his family; a bloodied old man confessing that he had talked to a rival cartel; a line of kneeling victims with bags over their heads being shot in the brain one by one. This is probably my favorite nonfiction read of the year. This book should be required reading for anyone interested in understanding why there is such a drug war, how it started, and why it's not going to go away anytime soon.
But as he talks to me, he is modest and forthcoming. On one occasion, two gangsters gave an interview on Mexican television and were murdered within hours, inside a prison. I wrote stories on busts and seizures. . They war savagely with each other. El Narco is the story of the ultraviolent criminal organizations that have turned huge areas of Mexico into a combat zone.
Grillo has reported from the region since 2001; his experience is evident in his easy, wry familiarity with the political and social currents of Latin America. You learn a lot of forms of torture. Then as I wallow over the things he told me, I pause and shudder inside. You could be the best person in the world, but the people you live with change you completely. This book is superb -- smart, thoughtful, and multifaceted. The considerable strengths of El Narco are the depth of Grillo's reporting, the clarity of his writing and the fact that he is a thinking reporter who, while wandering through the bloody wilderness, is looking for a way out. Some are still burned-out addicts two decades later whom I find on trips home propping up bars of grimy local pubs.
This book is also an argument about the nature of this startling transformation. I think the book is a really good source of information. This encompasses an excellent historical review of narco crime in Mexico — how it evolved and became more and more vicious. The United States throws Black Hawk helicopters and drug agents at the problem. I had to talk to narcos themselves.
But by the time of his arrest seventeen years later, his job and his industry had drastically changed. There is no Caped Crusader to save these people. The fight against drugs is famously a game of smoke and mirrors; ³ Mexico is a modern classic in the conspiracy-theory genre; and war always emits fog. And it is all because a few Americans are getting high. Other wings in this jail are segregated between gangs: one controlled by the Barrio Azteca, which works for the Juárez Cartel; another controlled by their sworn enemies, the Artist Assassins, who murder for the Sinaloa Cartel. Thanks for the info though. .
I strongly recommend this timely and troubling book. I was impressed by how open and frank Gonzalez was about his investigations and the political corruption that showed up. Mexico City has a crime rate comparable to some large U. Dabei stützt er sich auf Interviews mit Beteiligten und auf Hunderte von Seiten geheimdienstlicher Dokumente, darunter die Mitschriften von Escobars abgehörten Telefongesprächen. The movement is a century in the making. The conflict spawned by El Narco has given rise to paramilitary death squads enlisting tens of thousands of men-at-arms ready to do battle from Guatemala to the Texas border and sometimes beyond.
² Is it a narco state? The Zeta style of violence spread throughout Mexico, influencing other groups like La Familia. Mark Bowden schildert in seinem atemberaubenden Bericht die Jagd einer Spezialeinheit des amerikanischen Militärs auf einen der »größten Verbrecher der Welt«. And it is all because a few Americans are getting high. Perhaps in another time and place, he could have been a stand-up guy who worked hard and cared for his family — like his father, who, he says, was a lifelong electrician and union man. From my early days in Mexico, I was fascinated by the riddle of El Narco. People and governments have to start making better sense of the mayhem and form more effective policies, so that other families, who may be closer to the homes and loved ones of readers, do not suffer the same tragedy.