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In the shadow of Saint Death : the Gulf Cartel and the price of America's drug war in Mexico

Author: Michael Deibert
Publisher: Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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With the war between the Mexican state and the drug traffickers operating within its borders having claimed over 70,000 lives since 2006, noted journalist and author Michael Deibert zeroes in on the story of the notorious Gulf Cartel, their deadly war with their former allies Los Zetas, the cartel's connections in Mexican politics and what its trajectory means for Mexico's--and America's--future. Punctuated by the  Read more...
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Deibert, Michael.
In the shadow of Saint Death.
Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press, [2014]
(DLC) 2014011008
(OCoLC)857803587
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Deibert
ISBN: 9781493010646 1493010646 9781493010653 1493010654
OCLC Number: 881276469
Description: 1 online resource (xix, 316 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Prologue --
The Frontier --
The Rise of the Gulf Cartel --
Enter Los Zetas --
No Truce and No Quarter --
La Zona Libre --
By Fair Means or Foul --
Breaking Up --
Enemies Everywhere --
The Ghosts of San Fernando --
States of Siege --
The Highway of Death --
Casino Royale --
Veracruz --
Messages --
The Executioner's Song --
Day of the Dead --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Michael Deibert.

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With the war between the Mexican state and the drug traffickers operating within its borders having claimed over 70,000 lives since 2006, noted journalist and author Michael Deibert zeroes in on the story of the notorious Gulf Cartel, their deadly war with their former allies Los Zetas, the cartel's connections in Mexican politics and what its trajectory means for Mexico's--and America's--future. Punctuated by the disappearance of busloads of full of people from Mexican highways, heavy-weapon firefights in once-picturesque colonial towns and the discovery of mass graves, nowhere has the violence of Mexico's drug war been more intense than directly across the border from East Texas, the scene of a scorched-earth war between two of Mexico's largest drug trafficking organizations: The Gulf Cartel, a criminal body with roots stretching back to Prohibition, and Los Zetas, a group famous for their savagery and largely made up of deserters form Mexico's armed forces. From the valleys and sierras of rural Tamaulipas and Nuevo León to the economic hub of Monterrey, the violence rivals anything seen in the more well-known narco war in Ciudad Juárez, 830 miles to the west. Combining dozens of interviews that the author has conducted over the last six years in Mexico and other countries in the region along with a vast reserve of secondary source material, In the Shadow of Saint Death gives U.S. readers the story of the war being waged along our border in the voices of the cartel hitmen, law enforcement officials, politicians, shopkeepers, migrants and children living inside of it year-round. Through their stories, the book will pose provocative questions about the direction and consequence of U.S. drug policy and the militarized approach to combating the narcotics trade on both sides of the border.

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