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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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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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  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Cato Institute; 1st edition (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935308882
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935308881
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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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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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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Like Bowden's Murder City and other books about this depressing subject, this book contains endless, monotonous repetition describing the same old facts about drug cartel violence and brutality and Mexican political corruption over and over... and over and over... and Carpenter even tries to make a case for the quaint view that Mexico is not a failed state. It doesn't get much more failed than this, even though the country may retain the skeletal remains of local, state, and federal government. I had to put the thing down about a third of the way through because of this. Americans have way too much time and discretionary income on their hands and need to consider that whenever they medicate themselves with street drugs, they are contributing their support to this horrific drug violence south of the border.
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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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interesting book, easy read, tells you about the violence and what could be done to stop it, makes a good case for legalizing drugs as so many people are being killed, lots of corruption--similar to prohibition in our country in the 1920's
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A must-read for any interested American, and especially politicians. A bit tough to follow, at times, but very interesting. We lived in Panama for a couple of years (at the end of the Noriega Regime) and saw some of the effects of the drug trade directly.
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If you do not believe recreational drugs should be legal, read this book.
The author makes a convincing case for legalization.
The money is too hard for the cartels to pass up and with the kind of cash they are making, nothing will get in their way.
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