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The Last Narco: Inside the Hunt for El Chapo, the World's Most Wanted Drug Lord Hardcover – September 7, 2010
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Malcolm Beith’s book is a virtual nonstop chase.”David Steinberg, Albuquerque Journal
The Last Narco is a brave and terrific headlong journalistic trek into the dangerous, and immensely relevant, terrain of drug trafficking in Mexico, and the life and times of its foremost practitioner.” Sam Quinones, author of True Tales from Another Mexico
The Last Narco gracefully captures the heroic struggle of those who dare to stand up to the cartels, and the ways those cartels have tragically corrupted every aspect of Mexican law enforcement.” Laura Bickford, producer, Traffic
Malcolm Beith slaps our faces with our ignorance. We barely know Mexico, and understand even less of its major industry, drugs. In The Last Narco, he gives us a look into a place our government either denies or lies about. This time you can run, but you can’t hide.” Charles Bowden, author of Murder City
No war on terror’ was ever as terrifying as the ferocious wars of the drug lords in Mexico. In The Last Narco, Malcolm Beith courageously takes us to the front lines in the heart of the Mexican badlandsand also right on the border of the United States. This is a threat to homeland security that is too often ignored by the press and public, and this is the book that brings it all into focus. A must read.” Christopher Dickey, author of Securing the City: Inside America’s Best Counterterror Forcethe NYPD
Malcolm Beith risked life and limb to tell the inside story of Joaquín El Chapo’ Guzmán Loera, Mexico’s notorious drug capo. A novelist could not have presented a more intriguing or compelling tale of corruption, intimidation, murder, blood feuds, life-and-death negotiations, and the entrepreneurial skill of a near-mythic figure whom Forbes Magazine named one of the world’s richest men. Beith’s superb book corroborates the cliché that fact is stranger than fiction.” George W. Grayson, professor of government at the College of William & Mary and the author of Mexico: Narco-Violence and a Failed State?
He is the last of the Mohicans. All of the other big cartels have been decapitated. That is why they want him so badly.” Jorge Chabat, Mexico City Law Enforcement Expert
A virtual nonstop chase.” Trading Markets
About the Author
Malcolm Beith, a writer based in Mexico City, has covered the drug war for Newsweek and has contributed to Foreign Policy, World Politics Review, and Jane's Intelligence Weekly.
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. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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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). Beith does NOT mention the possible contributing effect of NAFTA - which made trade, and hence smuggling, much easier and the result of which was that cheap and highly subsidized American corn devastated small-scale farming in Mexico, forcing over two million Mexican farmers to look elsewhere for a livelihood (namely, to the informal economy and to producing drugs).
Instead, the book basically consists of a litany of narcos, violence, and corruption. That no doubt is of some educational value. But even on this score, THE LAST NARCO is far from ideal. The writing partakes far too much of pop journalism (any article in "Rolling Stone" is much better written), and the organization of the book is indifferent at best. Moreover, the publisher must answer for a few conspicuous, sloppy mistakes, such as the same sentence ending one paragraph and beginning the next paragraph.
Bottom line: I am still in the market for a good book on the drug wars in Mexico. Any recommendations would be welcome.
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.