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No Boundaries: Transnational Latino Gangs and American Law Enforcement

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ISBN-13: 978-0472116294
ISBN-10: 0472116290
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"Tom Diaz has worn out some shoe leather, much like a good detective, in gathering facts, not myths or urban legends. As a result he has produced an accurate and comprehensive look at a grave and present danger to our society." - From the Foreword by Chris Swecker, Former Assistant Director of the FBI's Criminal Investigation Division"

About the Author

Tom Diaz is a lawyer, author, and public speaker who conducts research on gun policy and violence for the Violence Policy Center, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank. During his former career in journalism, he covered national security affairs for the Washington Times. He also served as counsel to the U.S. House Subcommittee on Crime and Criminal Justice from 1993 to 1997. His previous books include Lightning out of Lebanon: Hezbollah Terrorists on American Soil (with Barbara Newman) and Making a Killing: The Business of Guns in America (New Press, 1999). He lives in Washington, D.C.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press (May 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0472116290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0472116294
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I was born into a military family and raised largely in the American South, where I learned to shoot in the Boy Scouts and was on a rifle team in high school. I served in the Air National Guard as a small arms specialist and in the Army National Guard as an anti-tank platoon leader. Worked for the Department of Defense (Advanced Research Projects Agency) in Thailand for a while during the Vietnam War. I also served three years as a District of Columbia Police Department reserve officer.

I graduated from the University of Florida (BA Pol. Sci. 1962)(Go Gators!) and Georgetown University Law Center (1972, editor, Law Journal). I've followed a wandering career course, practiced law in and out of government, became a journalist and ended up serving six years as assistant managing editor at the very conservative The Washington Times newspaper in Washington. My guru was the former editor-in-chief Arnaud de Borchgrave, a true professional whose passion was and is journalism and truth, not ideology. I also reported from Central America, Russia, India, Pakistan and the first Gulf War before leaving The Times. I then spent two years at a small think tank in Washington studying terrorism and international organized crime, and from there went to work in 1993 (following the first WTC bombing attack) as a Democratic counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Crime Subcommittee, where I worked on legislation and hearings involving terrorism and firearms.

I currently work part-time at the nonprofit Violence Policy Center in Washington. I sought out this work and center after I was converted from an NRA partisan to a gun control advocate based on what I learned about the predatory American gun industry while serving on "the Hill." The rest of my time I devote to projects involving the study of crime, terrorism, and history.

I used to be a "Scoop Jackson Democrat" politically, but today I am decidely non-partisan---I find little competence, honesty, or source of inspiration in either "organized party."

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I read this when it just came out and it blew me away!
Mr. Diaz brings all the pieces together in one book that we don't see in the news; the guns, the gangs, the drugs, the border problems.
Alot of books just glance off the topics but it appears that Diaz did some digging.
Having grown up in Texas as the son of a county judge - i've seen some of these firsthand.

Good stuff and well written.
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This book is critical to understanding the challenges the US faces from a broken immigration policy. Diaz has done his homework. He effortlessly weaves together compelling stories about both the gang members and the law enforcemnt personnel who are having to adapt to them. His depiction of some gang members who want to get out but can't is especially moving. And the history of how we got into this situation is fascinating reading.
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WOW a whole education in this book. Underling many pages that I can go back to. These gangs are organized, you find it an eye openers. Well written. These kids have no boundaries. The gang is their whole like. Thought they were messed up when I was younger ( 50 years ago) but now watch out. Do not want to see what they will do in 10 me years. The part on Smiley was sad, what a waste, like so many of the others
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