To Die in Mexico Dispatches from Inside the Drug War Combining on the ground reporting and in depth discussions with people on the frontlines of Mexico s drug war To Die in Mexico tells behind the scenes stories that address the causes and consequences

  • Title: To Die in Mexico: Dispatches from Inside the Drug War
  • Author: John Gibler
  • ISBN: 9780872865174
  • Page: 374
  • Format: Paperback
  • Combining on the ground reporting and in depth discussions with people on the frontlines of Mexico s drug war, To Die in Mexico tells behind the scenes stories that address the causes and consequences of Mexico s multibillion dollar drug trafficking business John Gibler looks beyond the cops and robbers myths that pervade government and media portrayals of the unprecedentCombining on the ground reporting and in depth discussions with people on the frontlines of Mexico s drug war, To Die in Mexico tells behind the scenes stories that address the causes and consequences of Mexico s multibillion dollar drug trafficking business John Gibler looks beyond the cops and robbers myths that pervade government and media portrayals of the unprecedented wave of violence and looks to the people of Mexico for solutions to the crisis now pushing Mexico to the breaking point Gibler is something of a revelation, having been living and writing from Mexico for a range of progressive publications only since 2006, but providing reflections, insights, and a level of understanding worthy of a veteran correspondent Latin American Review of Books

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    1. While I read obsessively on the topic of the drug wars, this thin book is probably the most charged volume yet to be released in English. Gibler finds new ways to think about the Mexico's descent into chaos, mainly through the eyes of Mexican journalists working in some of the cities hardest hit by the violence. Gibler interviews journalists in Culiacan, Reynosa and Juarez, including Diego Osorno and Javier Valdez, raising the bigger question: if journalism cannot honestly report the news beyond [...]

    2. Gibler's really up to date treatment of the narco-cracy down south is really insightful.He does a great job of debunking the myth of the "drug war" as some real concerted effort to eradicate the trade of narcotics, instead deftly showing that the "drug war" is really a partisan political charade designed to sell security services (army/police) access to "plazas," or spheres of transit rights. In reading this book, you get a very clear sense that the drug trade is hyper-capitalism, it that it is [...]

    3. "Gibler argues passionately to undercut this 'case study in failure.' The drug barons are only getting richer, the murders mount and the police and military repression expand as 'illegality increases the value of the commodity.' With legality, both U.S. and Mexican society could address real issues of substance abuse through education and public-health initiatives. A visceral, immediate and reasonable argument." --Kirkus Reviews"Gibler (Mexico Unconquered) documents Mexico's drug war, its enormo [...]

    4. I've really been looking forward to reading this relatively short and new contribution to the growing body of published work on the drug war. Many of my colleagues have read it and said it was great, so my expectations going into it were pretty highjust so you know. Gibler starts the book off a la Saving Private Ryan, with lots of back-to-back stories of gruesome narco deaths and explanations about the silences that follow them. I particularly like how he details the story of a photographer who [...]

    5. There are many American dispatches from the front lines of the drug war in Sinaloa, Ciudad Juarez and Reynosa. None of them quite capture that uniquely Mexican combination of spirit, mordant wit and despair when faced with something horrific. One finds the same strain in the way they lived through the Revolution or the long years of political repression. I am not sure I entirely agree with all of Gibler's analysis, but he has the most cogent presentation of why the Sinaloans have maintained thei [...]

    6. Although disturbing, it may be just the right amount of real life horror to get you thinking and feeling something for our neighbors to the south and the unwinnable war on drugs.

    7. A MUST READ The drug war is another monster in Human History is mastering another Holocaust in progress another human tragedy

    8. "Don't come here and count the dead. Anyone can do that. Tell the stories of life. Profile the fear, which is another death that no one covers; it is an encroaching death, and it is the worst."A Mexican journalist, Javier Valdez, who covers the drug war (the war of cartels) and the war on drugs (the war between cartels and government), at great risk to his life, said the above to Gibler. This book is Gibler's attempt to honor this request. In To Die in Mexico, Gibler gives a succinct and sharp s [...]

    9. After reading this evenly-paced and well-researched book, I came away with a few thoughts about the drug war in Mexico: One, it was long in the making and shaped partly by imperialist U.S. policies over many decades. Two, the situation is utterly hopeless. A must-read for anyone trying to make sense of it all.

    10. A great book. Providing some great insight in to the Mexican Narco drug wars. Requested other books on the subject to learn more.

    11. I read this book which researching for a case. Fascinating read, but like I told the author, it was so good that I had nightmares for a week. Scary stuff.

    12. To Die in Mexico is an exceptional work of amateur journalism, which does a good job of illustrating the situation in that country, but which nevertheless lacks the internal discipline, academic rigor and integrity that would make it a fully-rounded primer on the Mexican Drug War, such as one might find from one of the better university presses. On the whole, it reads like a series of long-form Vice Magazine exposés, strung together. What it lacks are the endnotes, background information, explo [...]

    13. This book had so much unmet potential. Gibler is writing about an important issue that few Americans understand; he had a journalist's dream opportunity to use thorough, unbiased reporting to shed light on a crucial and controversial issue. Instead, the book lacks context (and what is there is sprinkled throughout, rather than used to frame the narrative), and has no narrative arc (ok, they're dispatches, maybe they're supposed to be a little disjointed, but they don't even build well on one ano [...]

    14. People are storytelling animals. We communicate through stories and also injest information through stories. However, To Die in Mexico didn't feel like a story to me, which is why I did not give it a high rating.The drug war is violent. Notice the phrase drug war and not war on drugs. It is a war where drugs are paramount in the motivations and justifications, but there is no reduction in actual drug use. The violence is great in Mexico, where drug lords reign with impunity. People kill in the m [...]

    15. Very interesting to read about the lives of so many of my neighbors (truly just across from them) and the daily fears they experience of living amongst gangs. One mother's story is particulary poignant as she has sought justice again and again in vain from the corrupt government there. Fascinating to learn how the U.S. has completely contributed to this as well (such as Regan beginning "the War on Drugs" yet contributed guns to the very people into drugs). Of course, there is language so one tri [...]

    16. Interesting perspective on the current War on Drugs. I found the accounts of the few decent and honest reporters left in Mexico - those who still possess tremendous amounts of courage - to be fascinating and touching. I found myself absolutely bewildered while reading the reputable statistics on how entangled the whole system is in the indelible web of corruption that plagues all facets of Mexico. While I agree with many of his arguments that the American prepetuated War on Drugs is disingenuous [...]

    17. Two things are striking about this startling book. First, the courage of not just the journalists but of all Mexicans, particularly in Ciudad Juarez to remain and maintain and even continue to embrace life amidst the daily horrors. And secondly, the role of the United States in this "war" on drugs. Our war on drugs seems to mean giving bunches of money and arms to Mexico which ends up in the hands of the flavor of the month cartel and imprisoning bunches and bunches of black users here. Gibler h [...]

    18. In general, this book covers a lot of ground typically already covered - government involvement in drugs, the fault of US law, the silencing of journalists. This book was at its mots interesting, however, when the author spoke about Mexico's cultural intimacy with death through Dia de los Muertos and La Santa Muerte. However, he draws a strong distinction between the comfort with death that is part of the national culture and the gruesomeness of narco violence. He suggests that the narco violenc [...]

    19. Don't let the date of publication lead you to think the information in this book is null. John Gibler's exploration of cartels and the drug war dives deep into the corruption that runs our world. The ways in which Mexico and our own government turn profits, drive murder and violence, and cover it all up is frightening and growing every day. In short, we're all screwed and big brother doesn't give a damn.

    20. This was a far from enjoyable read & even a little dull at parts. But, it is an essential read for anyone who wants to gain a better understanding of the failed "War On Drugs" from Reagan to Calderon. I am perhaps biased (and have confidence in the power of education), but I feel the only way out of this drug war mess is to end the prohibition and legalize everything now. And this is pretty much Gibler's conclusion as well.

    21. Used to joke, back in the days of the George W. Bush Iraq invasion, that Mexico should have been the target of a U.S. invasion. Tongue in cheek, of course, but if what Gibler relays is accurate, Mexico is beyond failed state status, and a epic tragedy where human life is a disposable commodity, and where government officials and the 4th estate of journalism serve the powerful cartels. Either with blood soaked money or fear of meeting a horrific death.

    22. B- I started out not liking this book because of the first part of the title made it seem like the other "oh Mexico is SO dangerous" things that everyone says. I wish there would've been a bit more background on where the drug wars are (the North), but there was a lot of good stories, info. Really illustratives why it is super dangerous to be a journalist reporting on the drug wars in Mexico, and the violence and dangers associated with the drug cartels.

    23. This book John Gibler explains the political and non-political tragedies that are caused by the drug wars that occur in México. Different drug cartels will not let anything interfere with their business. they would do this by defending their territory, transporting their drugs, gaining or calming more land etc. They will do the worst things to people like you would never imagine they sometimes bribe government officials.

    24. The gruesome activity made by the cartel exemplifies their intentions of seeking power by whatever means necessary. The corruption that continues to proceed in these countries opens the debate toward whether the stories told by the journalist are completely creditable without the worry of any explicit changes.

    25. This book is an interesting look into the drug war but overall the story teeming isn't great. It can drone on abs be hard to follow. BUT, it is still worth reading to help better understand the atrocities going on in Mexico, even if it has cooled a bit.The last chapter is a great summary and helped bring it all together for me.

    26. Absolutely shocking book that focuses on loss of innocence in the "war on drugs". You read the odd shocking headline from Mexico but this book rams it home how bad it is. Barely scratches the surface- you search for reason behind the senseless violence, but there is none- you just have statistics. This book tries to get behind the statistics and looks at day to day life.

    27. This is a great book that covers the war on drugs that is currently happening in Mexico. It gives the reader an insight on another side of the world that you don't normally see. The setting throughout the book is very sad, and emphasizes a lot on death. The book does a good job on describing the corruption within governments, and the power of silence.

    28. Una mirada al narco-estado que se ha gestado en los últimos años en México, el abordaje que hace se sitúa en el sexenio de Calderón y muestra una realidad que no es ajena a millones de mexicanos. Leerlo después de la salida de Calderón y dos años de Peña Nieto permite voltear a ver lo que sucedía y sigue sucediendo en el país, la convivencia con la muerte como forma de vida.

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