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John Gibler lays out the warp and weft of the Mexican drug war. The government won't stop it because they are part of the same cloth. Collusion is too weak of a word to describe the relationship between the military, police and drug captains. They are the same industry, and human lives are the currency.
In this superb overview, written in a conversational and easy to grasp style, Gibler bears witness to lives lost, giving them names and identities so they will not be forgotten. He shows the terror of the citizenry with a particular focus on journalists who try to find ways to tell the world what happens here without being killed.
Horrific stories, extraordinarily told, that left me with a comprehensive understanding of the layers of power and factionalism at work in Mexico's drug war. Narrated by Jonathan Davis who gives it the taut pacing of a Grisham novel while acknowledging the real-life horror.
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