NARCOLAND: THE MEXICAN DRUG LORDS AND THEIR GODFATHERS
By Anabel Hernández
Foreword by Roberto Saviano
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An explosive, bestselling account of Mexico’s drug cartels and the government–business nexus that enables them
“The most remarkable feature of Anabel Hernández’s brave and invaluable account of Mexico’s blood-drenched drug wars is that she survived long enough to write it… There could be no greater shame for Mexico should such a fearless and dedicated reporter come to any harm” – The Sunday Times
“Narcoland, with its explosive descriptions of decades of corruption permeating the upper echelons of government, leaves an extremely bad taste in the reader’s mouth about the state of Mexico’s perennially corrupt institutions… a searing indictment of a war on drugs she believes was a sham from the start” Financial Times
The product of five years’ investigative reporting, the subject of intense national controversy, and the source of death threats that forced the National Human Rights Commission to assign two full-time bodyguards to its author, Anabel Hernández, Narcoland has been a publishing and political sensation in Mexico.
The definitive history of the drug cartels, Narcoland takes readers to the front lines of the “war on drugs,” which has so far cost more than 60,000 lives in just six years. Hernández explains in riveting detail how Mexico became a base for the mega-cartels of Latin America and one of the most violent places on the planet. At every turn, Hernández names names — not just the narcos, but also the politicians, functionaries, judges and entrepreneurs who have collaborated with them. In doing so, she reveals the mind-boggling depth of corruption in Mexico’s government and business elite.
In awarding Hernández the 2012 Golden Pen of Freedom, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers noted, “Mexico has become one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists, with violence and impunity remaining major challenges in terms of press freedom. In making this award, we recognize the strong stance Ms. Hernández has taken, at great personal risk, against drug cartels.”
‘Mexico’s war on drugs is one big lie’ – read Ed Vulliamy’s feature on Narcoland in the Observer here: http://bit.ly/130bg1T
Listen to Anabel Hernández on BBC Radio 4 Today programme: http://bbc.in/16UkBKE
Watch Anabel Hernández on Democracy Now!
Anabel Hernández is one of Mexico’s leading investigative journalists. She has worked on national dailies including Reforma, Milenio, El Universal and its investigative supplement La Revista. Her previous books include La familia presidencial, Fin de fiesta en los pinos, and Los cómplices del presidente.