The Fight to Save Juárez: Life in the Heart of Mexico's Drug War

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University of Texas Press, Apr 1, 2013 - History - 282 pages
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The city of Juárez is ground zero for the drug war that is raging across Mexico and has claimed close to 60,000 lives since 2007. Almost a quarter of the federal forces that former President Felipe Calderón deployed in the war were sent to Juárez, and nearly 20 percent of the country's drug-related executions have taken place in the city, a city that can be as unforgiving as the hardest places on earth. It is here that the Mexican government came to turn the tide. Whatever happens in Juárez will have lasting repercussions for both Mexico and the United States.

Ricardo Ainslie went to Juárez to try to understand what was taking place behind the headlines of cartel executions and other acts of horrific brutality. In The Fight to Save Juárez, he takes us into the heart of Mexico's bloodiest city through the lives of four people who experienced the drug war from very different perspectives—Mayor José Reyes Ferriz, a mid-level cartel player's mistress, a human rights activist, and a photojournalist. Ainslie also interviewed top Mexican government strategists, including members of Calderón's security cabinet, as well as individuals within U.S. law enforcement. The dual perspective of life on the ground in the drug war and the "big picture" views of officials who are responsible for the war's strategy, creates a powerful, intimate portrait of an embattled city, its people, and the efforts to rescue Juárez from the abyss.

  

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In many ways, I hate to give a star rating to a book like this. Giving it two stars can indicate I don't think people should read it, which isn't the case at all. So, let me start with the positives ... Read full review

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Living in El Paso and working in Juarez during this time made this book truly hit home. He does a great job showing the efforts put into ending the cartel war, as well as the sacrifices made by many. A must read! Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
1 Christmas in Juárez
9
2 The Saulo Reyes Affair
15
3 A Meeting in Chihuahua
23
4 The Strategist
32
5 Public Relations
37
6 Patiño
47
7 La Cima
53
17 Martial Law Undeclared
127
18 Civics Lessons
134
19 The Other War
141
20 Addicts
149
21 Los NiNi
154
22 The Eagles Hill
168
23 Villas de Salvárcar
180
24 All the Presidents Men
196

8 The Mistress
58
9 The General
67
10 TwentyFive Hundred Soldiers
74
11 La Línea
82
12 The Human Rights Activist
88
13 Román
94
14 The Pajama Chief
101
15 The Journos
112
16 FortyEight Hours
121
25 The Visit
212
26 Cibeles
219
27 No Accidents
229
28 The Federal Police
241
29 The Election
252
Epilogue
265
Interviews
273
Index
275
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About the author (2013)

A native of Mexico City, Ricardo C. Ainslie is an award-winning psychologist-psychoanalyst who uses books, documentary films, and photographic exhibits to capture and depict subjects of social and cultural interest. His books include Long Dark Road: Bill King and Murder In Jasper, Texas; The Psychology of Twinship; and No Dancin’ in Anson: An American Story of Race and Social Change. His films include The Mystery of Consciousness; Ya Basta! Kidnapped in Mexico; Looking North: Mexican Images of Immigration; and Crossover: A Story of Desegregation. Ainslie teaches at the University of Texas at Austin and also has a private practice with adult patients.

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