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‘El Narco’ goes inside Mexican drug war

By Jesse Singal
Globe Correspondent / December 15, 2011
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In “El Narco,’’ Ioan Grillo, a British reporter who has been covering Latin America for a decade and lives in Mexico City, tries to come to grips with Mexico’s bloody drug war. Rather than focus on easy answers, Grillo takes advantage of his sources to provide insight on the crisis from nearly every angle, from the American government’s longstanding attempts to stifle trafficking there to the national history that underpins much of the current narco culture.

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EL NARCO:

Inside Mexico”s Criminal Insurgency

By Ioan Grillo

Bloomsbury, 336 pp., $27