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The Last Narco: Inside the Hunt for El Chapo, the World's Most-Wanted Drug Lord MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged
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About the Author
John Allen Nelson's critically acclaimed roles on television's 24 and Vanished are among the highlights of his twenty-five-plus years as an actor, screenwriter, and film producer. As a narrator, he won an AudioFile Earphones Award for his reading of Zoo Story by Thomas French.
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THE LAST NARCO refers to Joaquin Guzman Loera, a/k/a El Chapo. (Actually, the title seems to be somewhat misleading; while Chapo may be the last operating "El Jefe de jefes" ("Boss of bosses") still at large, if "narco" is given its common meaning of someone associated with the drug trade, clearly there are tens of thousands of narcos, with the number growing daily.) "Forbes" Magazine has listed Chapo both as one of the richest people in the world and one of the most powerful. Chapo is the book's centerpiece, around which Malcolm Beith, a British journalist, reports on the rampant drug trafficking, the narcos, the corruption, and the murder and mayhem over the last quarter century in Mexico.
By and large, the book is anecdotal. From time to time Beith wanders into the realms of analysis and policy, but never in sustained fashion or with particular enlightenment. What, one might wonder, has been the role of the United States? Beith mentions, more or less in passing, its role as the overriding market demand for the drugs coming out of and through Mexico (Ross Perot's sucking sound heading the opposite direction). From several of his anecdotes, one might speculate that U.S. intervention at both the levels of law enforcement and national diplomacy has affected - perhaps for good or perhaps for ill - Mexico's handling of its drug problem, but the matter is not really discussed. Beith also mentions, again without in-depth discussion, that the U.S. is the major supplier (perhaps as high as 90%) of the firearms used by Mexico's drug cartels and their sicarios (killers).Read more ›
Even tough the author is (in my opinion) sometimes impartial, he did a lot of emphasis on the network of corruption in Mexico because the drug is moved from Colombia to the states. If so, how come he never questioned the integrity of the USA, because all those TONS for cocaine and mariguana, that cross in San Diego, Nogales, El Paso, etc... are not magically appearing on New York, Boston, etc... are they?
I do recommend this book, is a pretty good lecture, and it helps to better understand that underworld.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Time to change the title: he just escaped 7-11-15.Published 13 months ago by Old School but Kicking
Good research to make conclusions and lay out some of our current problems with drugs and the border. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Hawkman
In all fairness I put this book down about half way through. The author kept going back and forth in time, making the story very confusing, and there were far too many names to... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Lesley Siemens
Read like a RESEARCH paper.....we buy books hoping that the research has been done....which it was....but did not feel like it.Published 15 months ago by King Dphax
Great read considering difficulty in getting real "facts" from peoplePublished 16 months ago by gary
Enlightening historical review of the players involved and events that have transpired in Mexico and the other areas affected by drugs and the War on Drugs.Published 16 months ago by C.H. Kibler