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Amexica is the harrowing story of the extraordinary terror unfolding along the US 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 thereIn 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 kaleid. So far my main goal is to try to get over how many spelling mistakes there are in the Spanish and focus on what Vulliamy is saying It is difficult given I am still only at the prologue and I ve tallied 14 mistakes so far which is frankly embarrassing for Vintage Hopefully it won t get worse though clearly it will and I will be able to get through Amexica without hurtling it across the room unfinished Here s to hopingOkso ages later I ve finished My verdict is that this book is little than poverty porn with a pathetic and ineffective attempt at analysis I was especially put off by the chapter talking about feminicide which did nothing than enumerate murders without trying to understand the phenomenon Vulliamy rattles off horrible incidents of death torture violence you name it and rarely attempts to analyse anything from it Makes me think somewhat of the crap I produced at university aged 20Also seriously having lived in Mexico in 20034 I feel I know about the country and the national psyche than he does erroneously or not and certainly did not recognise the country or the people I fell in love with granted I was in Puebla but I didn t think it was as simple as he put it All in all a really average misguided book I hope people take it with a pinch of salt because it s badly researched or really only insofar as it serves its own ends and is riddled with mistakes

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Oscopic 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 mauiladora factories; the ruthless systematic mur. Fantastic book mostly about the drug war raging on the US M xico border All aspects are covered including the army s and policy fight against and often complicit involvement with the narcos the war s effect on immigration the recent involvement of Native border tribes in the issue the complicity of the mauiladoras in providing the grounds for recruitment the complicity of the US in regards to easy availability of weapons the lack of interest in following the money etc The book treats the whole border and all the major narco factions from the East coast California all the way to the Gulf of M xico Texas The format consists of interviews by the author of a sample of people affected by each of these issues Most of all it shows the brutality of the drug cartels and thereby the brutality with which the army has resorted to fighting themThe main thesis of the book which I think true but not uite as defended as it should be is that the drug war represents a foretaste to a post political globalized free market economy where multinational corporations such like the drug cartels have become seek profit at any cost without regard for the conseuences to peopleA rather encouraging as well as despairing trend revealed in the book is the involvement of women and The Church in the fight against the drug cartels Encouraging because in a society where the police will do nothing and in fact are often complicit with the drug cartels themselves to help the people they are meant to protect where the police and sometimes the army too are too scared to fight these criminals and with good reason people of good will the majority of which are women displaying that special genius of which John Paul II spoke and which was in full view at the Crucifixion of Jesus when all his Apostles scattered but the women remained and The Church are practically the only ones opposing the drug cartels speaking out against them organizing public protests trying to shame these bastards into acting humanely that is they are practically the only ones exemplifying the dignity of the human person even in situations where such a concept appears to be folly and fairy tale like And yet the trend is despairing as well for anyone who speaks against the cartel be it priests police women politicians reporters army generals anyone ends up dead usually in some grotesue way and very often cruelly tortured and raped before being killed Despair is indeed uite close by evil has won good is destroyed It takes soooooo much faith to believe that the example of human dignity displayed by these people far outweighs spiritually the evil being perpetrated and that therefore good will be triumphant in this world one day But one day seems so very far away when your children are being killedOverall I would recommend it to all the clueless Americans who do not see the connection between their drug habit and the terrible harm they are causing As was put in the book anytime someone inhales drugs they are inhaling human lives But I do not suppose those kind of people read books

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Der 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 itse. A point in time review of events along the US Mexico border during some of the worst of the narcotics related violence From the gruesome open warfare in Tijuana and Nuevo Laredo to the calm but chilling repression in Matamoros which has seen escalating violence since this was written Vulliamy sympathizes with the Mexican citizens who have gotten caught up in all the chaos The book details the rise of the various cartels the various territorial fights that shift along the border and the enormous flow of drugs heading north and guns and cash heading south Additionally he goes into detail about the relationship between all the twinned cities on the border the violence against young women in Ciudad Juarez the challenges of the mauiladoras and other subjects Not exactly a fun read but very informative


10 thoughts on “Amexica by Ed Vulliamy

  1. says:

    Picking up Amexica War Along the Borderline by journalist Ed Vulliamy I was initially excited thinking here might be an accessible book by a veteran journalist capable of explaining to the English speaking public just what is going on in Mexico and why Naïve I know My suspicions were raised as early as the second paragraph when the author mi

  2. says:

    This was my beach read for our Thanksgiving vacation to Florida I was so thoroughly engrossed I barely remember any details from our holiday This fascinating angering and heartbreaking report is very well researched and wr

  3. says:

    So far my main goal is to try to get over how many spelling mistakes there are in the Spanish and focus on what Vulliamy is saying It is diffi

  4. says:

    Fantastic read and a really important book everybody should read it and be aware of the atrocities happening everyday in MexicoLove the very poignant closing line by Munoz the Tijuana pathologist I live like a man who sits

  5. says:

    A well informed piece of traveloguereportage of the literally torturous history of the US – Mexico border in the era of the War on Drugs It captures well the way in which the simple stories of opposition between nefarious drug lords and virtuous Mexican government is blatant misrepresentation On the contrary there has long been a series of not very cozy condominia between various drug cartels and both local and nation

  6. says:

    Fantastic book mostly about the drug war raging on the US México border All aspects are covered including the army's and policy fight against and often complicit involvement with the narcos the war's effect on immigration the recent involvemen

  7. says:

    A literally shocking non fiction account of the drugs war raging on the Mexican American border and the breakdown of society that this is in turn promoting The book starts in a fairly dry way but soon becomes a gripping dialogue for the dead

  8. says:

    A point in time review of events along the US Mexico border during some of the worst of the narcotics related violence Fro

  9. says:

    An excellent read Sometimes these kind of books can be a bit on the dry side but Vulliamy does a great job of bringing to raw desperate life the people he talks to and the places he describes My interest in the w

  10. says:

    Author did a tremendous work to describe every aspect of this violent and unbelievably cruel warThe numbers of victims are terrifying and whe