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This Is for the Mara Salvatrucha: Inside the MS-13, America's Most Violent Gang Hardcover – July 7, 2009

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Using all of the tools of a capable police investigation, Logan, a journalist based in Latin America, connects the fortunes of Brenda Paz, a Honduran-American teenager, with the ultraviolent Mara Salvatrucha gang. After family difficulties led Paz's father to send her to Texas to live with her uncle, she witnessed a friend's murder by her boyfriend, the leader of the local MS-13 gang, and fled to Virginia following her boyfriend's arrest. Logan probes the secretive Mara Salvatrucha, which funds its illegal activities through extortion, kidnapping, prostitution, drugs and theft, causing the FBI to label it the most dangerous of all criminal outfits. Eventually Paz informs on the gang about the national leadership and crimes, and the Feds unwisely stash the restless teenager in the witness protection program. Placing the reader in the midst of this story with harrowing detail, Logan writes of a young life wasted and an evil crime empire. (July)
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Samuel Logan is an investigative reporter based in Latin America. For the past 3 years, he has reported on gang activity across the U.S. and central America. Originally from New Orleans, he lives in Brazil with his wife and daughter.
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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books; 1 edition (July 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401323243
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401323240
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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By A. Ross HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I picked this up because MS-13 is very active in my area (DC/Maryland/Virginia) and I was curious to learn more about how they operated on a national and international level, what their history is, what their main rackets are, what the structure is, what the command and control is, and so forth. However, this is not a book that's going to give you very much of that. Rather, it is a detailed account of the sad story of Brenda Paz -- a teenage MS-13 member whose 2003 murder was a very high-profile news item in the region.

Investigative reporter Logan uses Brenda's story as a way of writing about MS-13, and the book follows her for about two years, starting roughly from the time she moved to Texas to live with her uncle's family until her murder. Her relatives apparently didn't give her a whole lot of nurturing or attention, and as a result, the otherwise extremely bright and bubbly Brenda drifted into gang life. She quickly made friends with a local MS-13 clique, became the girlfriend of their leader, and was jumped in as a member. She spent a little less than a year with the gang, mainly in Texas and Virginia, before she decided to cooperate with police rather than serve jail time. Her apparent photographic memory made her a treasure trove for the cops, and she gave countless interviews to law enforcement officials from all over the country, culminating in a lengthy video-taped session that was adapted into a training video for police on MS-13. Naturally, a number of MS-13 people began to suspect her of being an informant, and as a result of a series of farcical bureaucratic errors and her own hubris, she was killed.

While this picture from inside the gang is often very vivid and interesting, it's not particularly in-depth.
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Anyone doing research or teaching about gangs and delinguency will tell you how difficult it is to encounter relevant teaching material about Latino gangs in the Southwest. The language and cultural divide separates us from full access to the internal "narratives" and subcultural forces that operate within Latino gangs -- especially the most violent versions like the MS-13, the Mara Salvatrucha.

This is an ironic situation for academics, given that the fundamental roots of criminological and delinquent theories describing gangs are strongly rooted in Richard Cloward and Lloyd Ohlin's analysis of gang subcultures in New York -- primarily Puerto Rican and Dominican.

And yet few know much about the Latino gangs concentrated along the southwest border of the USA. Many have a general understanding of MS-13 -- the ritualized elaborate tattoos especially on faces, their roots in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, and a reputation for brutal violence etc.

Samuel Logan's book will fill the knowledge gap for anyone teaching delinquency or advanced courses about gangs and street crime. It will be especially useful for people interested in the role of women within violent gangs. The author is a veteran international reporter , and presents a detailed picture of a Mara Salvatrucha gang from the narrative of view of a female chivato -- (informer). Many sociological ideas are nicely illustrated here -- "sexing-in" vs. "jumping-in" etc. The best thing is that most students will love the book because it's tale of abandonment, alienation and teen angst will resonate on a personal level.

Logan's book is an excellent complements to the recent movie, "Sin Nombre" about Mara Salvatrucha gangs and their distorted internal code of "honor" and their relationship to women and family. That movie was written and directed by Cary Fukunagawho rode the rails with migrants from Central America.[...].
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I have struggled with the decision to post a review of this book, as I do not like to disparage the work of emerging writers. That said, I feel obligated to counter the glowing praise this book has received from other reviewers.

Though the author is described as an investigative journalist, this book is, at best, creative non-fiction: it does not contain a single reference! As if that weren't bad enough, the author appears to believe that he has insight into what a range of individuals - from criminal suspects to law enforcement officials to murder victims - feel at any given time, including the moment of their deaths. What I find most egregious is the author's gross generalizations and pseudopsychological musings on the factors that draw young latinos to MS-13, namely the unsubstantiated claim that children reunited with their parents upon relocating to the united states are unloved and unaccepted, and therefore turn to a life of crime.

Compelling as the story may be, the writing is repetitive, simplistic, and mediocre at best. It reads more like a first draft than a complete work.
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This is an incredible story written in a tense and gripping way that leaves you glued to the book. The expression that fact is stranger than fiction certainly holds true in this frightening account of gang life. This is a must-read.
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This book explores the life of Brenda Paz, MS-13 member and police informant. It really isn't an expose on the inner workings of the gang. The author's style is simplistic and at times a little presumptuous. What form of clairvoyance does he have that can read the thoughts of people killed years before the publication of this book? If you're not familiar with Brenda's story, I suppose it would be an interesting read. But there's really nothing new here, all the things the author brings up have been portrayed on TV documentaries and in other publications. D+, maybe C-
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