Gangster Warlords

Gangster Warlords

Drug Dollars, Killing Fields, and the New Politics of Latin America

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"In a ranch south of Texas, the man known as The Executioner dumps five hundred body parts in metal barrels. In Brazil's biggest city, a mysterious prisoner orders hit-men to gun down forty-one police officers and prison guards in two days. In southern Mexico, a meth maker is venerated as a saint while enforcing Old Testament justice on his enemies. A new kind of criminal kingpin has arisen: part CEO, part terrorist, and part rock star, unleashing guerrilla attacks, strong-arming governments, and taking over much of the world's trade in narcotics, guns, and humans. What they do affects you now--from the gas in your car, to the gold in your jewelry, to the tens of thousands of Latin Americans calling for refugee status in the U.S. Gangster Warlords is the first definitive account of the crime wars now wracking Central and South America and the Caribbean, regions largely abandoned by the U.S. after the Cold War. Author of the critically acclaimed El Narco, Ioan Grillo has covered Latin America since 2001 and gained access to every level of the cartel chain of command in what he calls the new battlefields of the Americas. Moving between militia-controlled ghettos and the halls of top policy-makers, Grillo provides a disturbing new understanding of a war that has spiraled out of control--one that people across the political spectrum need to confront now"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY, USA : Bloomsbury Press, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2016
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781620403792
Branch Call Number: 364.1066 G879G 2016
Characteristics: 377 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 25 cm


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Apr 13, 2019

Investigative journalist Grillo (El Narco) presents a comprehensive, if grim, look at four major organized crime groups- Mexico's Knights Templar, Central America's Mara Salvatrucha, Jamaica's Shower Posse, and Brazil's Red Commando-and the men who run them. Few readers will be familiar with the cartels, despite the international scope of their reach and the bloody toll of their violence, which makes this account all the more shocking. Grillo describes the leaders as "a weird hybrid of criminal CEO, gangster rock star, and paramilitary general" and enlivens his characterizations with horrifying statistics: for example, between 2007 and 2014, more than 80,000 people were killed in Mexico by drug cartels and the police forces opposing them. Historical context, such as a survey of Jamaican political and criminal history in the last 50 years, gives depth to the narrative. Sadly, the logical solutions Grillo offers on drug policy reform, including "a huge overhaul in the police and justice systems" in Latin America, are not likely to be implemented anytime soon, so his attempt to end this otherwise harrowing account on hopeful note seems contrived. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Apr 12, 2019

Depressing ,but riveting reading on low-level stalemated warfare in Brazil in neighbourhoods, the "President" of post-colonialism political tribalism Jamaica & the liberation of Mexican province against narco warlord with messiah complex in three way war.
Author argued these were shadow powers not shadow government like the micromanaging Taliban in that former didn't take over education or collect garbage.

Feb 07, 2017

Sensationalized nonsense, intent on portraying the horrors of drug trade in South America. Nothing here for the serious student of the tragedy of international drug traffic and the idiocy of the laws that abet it.


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