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Cartel: The Coming Invasion of Mexico's Drug Wars Hardcover – September 27, 2011
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“Longmire offers fresh insights into almost every facet of the war on drugs . . . One-stop shopping for basic knowledge about U.S.-Mexican narcotics diplomacy.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“In Cartel Sylvia Longmire furthers our understanding of a very complex health and national security issue south of the border and within the United States itself.” ―Malcolm Beith, author of The Last Narco
“Cartel is a well-balanced blend of organized crime 101 and thought-provoking analysis of the current violence in Mexico. It's an important addition to the current body of work on the criminal underworld that continues to spread its presence and influence north of the border into the United States. Readers will find themselves on the front line of this decades-old drug war that has finally crossed our border.” ―Samuel Logan, author of This is for Mara Salvatrucha
“There's a real need for an easy-to-read, one-stop-shopping overview of the myriad issues facing us from Mexico's cartels. Longmire allows people to finally have the context to make sense of the drug war.” ―Nicholas Stein, Series Producer, National Geographic's Border Wars
“Longmire's hard hitting, law enforcement-centered view of the situation on our border with Mexico is valuable and timely. Her up-to-the-minute, fact based account provides a much needed perspective on a problem that has been hijacked by exaggeration, and hyperbole and outright misinformation. It should be required reading for all who care about making our borders more secure.” ―Terry Goddard, former Arizona Attorney General 2003-2011
“From an experienced cartel analyst and special agent, this is a powerful and very comprehensive look into the broad scope of Mexican drug violence and its impact on the security of our nation. One of the best books I've seen to understand Mexican cartels, border violence, drug trafficking and the ramifications of spill-over crime into America. I encourage you to read this book.” ―Fred Burton, VP Intelligence, Stratfor, and author of Chasing Shadows
“The insights here are invaluable--and essential. Longmire's depth of knowledge and analysis come in well-crafted prose that's as thrilling to read as any novel and compelling for even the most casual reader.” ―David Silverberg, Editor, Homeland Security Today
About the Author
Sylvia Longmire was a Special Agent in the Air Force and a senior intelligence analyst for the state of California. She has been interviewed on Geraldo at Large, CNN and CNN International, BBC World Radio, and her writing is regularly featured in Homeland Security Today magazine. Currently, Longmire is an independent consultant, and testifies as an expert witness on U.S. asylum cases.
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I'm not an expert critic and its hard to pin point what is the worst of it, but it feels all over the place. And S. Longmire start sentences with "Meth labs are funny things." And she talks about hypothetical cases when sadly there are thousand of real cases to talk about. It could be that she writes only with info, data, and news that she has read and not out of first hand experiences. This is why after every page I finish, instead been amazed as I was with every page of El Narco, I'm left with a feeling of having just absorbed regurgitated words.
The only pro is that the publishing quality is great. Only buy it If you want to add a red covered book to your library collection.
Read her blog first, and if you like her style buy her book.
I lived in Phoenix, AZ for 8 years and I had no idea how pervasive the Mexican drug cartels are in that area. However, my mind is not much more at ease now that I live 1,000 miles from the border; because as Longmire so thoroughly discusses - it's not only the border states that are infected by the drug trade. This is a national security threat that affects all of us.
There were so many times I paused while reading Cartel to tell my husband, "You are not going to believe this..." and then proceeded to read him a fact, statistic, or account from the book. For example, I had no idea Mexican cartels are growing marijuana in our national forests. I think most of the US population is as naïve as I was about the drug war, which is why this book is so important. It's also a must-read for those more versed in the issues, because it presents viable solutions to manage this war.