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The Fire Next Door: Mexico's Drug Violence and the Danger to America Hardcover – October 16, 2012


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  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Cato Institute (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935308882
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935308881
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 6.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #539,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ted Galen Carpenter is senior fellow for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute. He is the author or editor of 18 books on international affairs.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Seaotter on December 19, 2012
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"The Fire Next Door," is a thoroughly researched look at our failed drug policies, the corruption that the enormous profits from illegal drugs has caused not only in Northern Mexico but the whole country and is spreading to Central American countries to the South of Mexico and the best solutions to the problem. The book is a well written, interesting read. According to the author, Ted Galen Carpenter, the solution is to legalize drugs in the United States or at least legalize marijuana. While the U.S. is the biggest market for Mexican drugs, we are not a growing market nor are we the only market. Eastern European and Middle Eastern countries are rapidly growing markets. The number of drug users in this country has remained stable for many years. Read the book and not only understand the failed war on drugs, but also why illegal immigrants are coming to the United States in such large numbers.
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There are many problems in our world that have no viable solution. The situation in Mexico is not one of them. Smart policy could dramatically improve the dire situation in Mexico and along the US-Mexico border. This book contains a strategy that should be given serious consideration and pursued. I highly recommend that you read this book and form your own opinion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Forrest16 on February 2, 2014
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Eradicate the foundation for crime. The situation in Mexico is a prime example of the unintended consequence of the War on Drugs. Let people use what they want. They obviously are anyway. The consequence of legalization would be dire for the vested interests. What would all the law enforcement types do for employment? If the situation in Mexico made its way here the laws would be changed in a heart beat. A well written but discouraging read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carmen Ewens on May 20, 2014
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I'm Carmen Ewens, Basil's wife. I read it too and thought it was an excellent book. However, we live full time in Mexico together with about 14000 American, Canadians and Europeans. Although the Cartels at time flex their muscle to show the Gov their power, and do so by disrupting traffic and maybe burning a bus, normally our lives here are totally peaceful. Personally I think that drugs should be legalized and both the US Gov and Mex Gov should collect as much tax on them as possible and put that money to good use educating people on the harm of drugs and rehabilitating as many as possible, plus using the rest for general medical. I do not believe for a minute that legalizing would increase the use of drugs, but it would most certainly decrease the criminality attached to the traffic of drugs. Prohibition was a good example of things. Unfortunately, neither Governments nor the population learn from history. It is sad.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. E. Howard on February 12, 2014
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Prohibition of alcohol led to the rise of organized crime in America. Prohibition of other drugs perpetuates organized crime. Read this book and form your own opinion.
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