Amexica: War Along the Borderline

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Oct 26, 2010 - History - 368 pages

Amexica is the harrowing story of the extraordinary terror unfolding along the U.S.-Mexico border—"a country in its own right, which belongs to both the United States and Mexico, yet neither"—as the narco-war escalates to a fever pitch there.

In 2009, after reporting from the border for many years, Ed Vulliamy traveled the frontier from the Pacific coast to the Gulf of Mexico, from Tijuana to Matamoros, a journey through a kaleidoscopic landscape of corruption and all-out civil war, but also of beauty and joy and resilience. He describes in revelatory detail how the narco gangs work; the smuggling of people, weapons, and drugs back and forth across the border; middle-class flight from Mexico and an American celebrity culture that is feeding the violence; the interrelated economies of drugs and the maquiladora factories; the ruthless, systematic murder of young women in Ciudad Juarez. Heroes, villains, and victims—the brave and rogue police, priests, women, and journalists fighting the violence; the gangs and their freelance killers; the dead and the devastated—all come to life in this singular book.

Amexica takes us far beyond today's headlines. It is a street-level portrait, by turns horrific and sublime, of a place and people in a time of war as much as of the war itself.

 

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A gutsy international journalist narrates life and death along the U.S.-Mexican border.Former Guardian reporter Vulliamy (Seasons in Hell: Understanding Bosnia's War, 1994) divides his time between ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION AMEXICA
1
1 LA PLAZA
17
2 AQUÍ EMPIEZA LA PATRIA HERE BEGINS THE HOMELAND
42
3 EL CAMINO DEL DIABLO THE DEVILS HIGHWAY
66
INTERMISSION THE BUSINESS END OF A 12GAUGEBARRETT AND MORGANS WAR
107
4 URBAN FRANKENSTEIN
118
5 THE HUMAN JUNKYARD
164
6 THE WIND OF KNIVES
184
8 GATEWAY TO THE AMERICASPAX MAFIOSA
248
9 IRON RIVERTELL THEM WHO YOU ARE
281
EPILOGUE EL SOL NEGRO THE BLACK SUN
341
AFTERWORD TO THE 2011 EDITION BLOOD MONEY
345
NOTES
365
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTE
377
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
383
INDEX
387

INTERMISSION THE ROAD IT GIVES AND THE ROAD IT TAKES AWAY
206
7 EAT OFF THE FLOOR
224

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About the author (2010)

ED VULLIAMY was the New York correspondent for The Observer from 1997 to 2003 and spent many years as an international correspondent for The Guardian. The author of Seasons in Hell, Vulliamy lives in London and Arizona.

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