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A Narco History

A Narco History

“A well-written chronicle of interconnected events that blur borders and cultures-a splendid introduction to a tragic, complex and fascinating binational drama ” – Sergio Aguayo, professor, El Colegio de Mexico; visiting professor, Harvard University

“[A Narco History] offers a meticulously researched and lucidly organized overview of a topic that is of great significance in contemporary debates in American foreign policy and law enforcement ” – Publisher’s Weekly

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 U S 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 U S 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 twentieth-century histories that produced this twenty-first century calamity, and proposes how to end it

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