The dense hills of Sinaloa, Mexico, are home to the most powerful drug lord since Pablo Escobar: Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Guzman is among the world’s ten most wanted men and also appeared on Forbes magazine’s 2009 billionaire list. With his massive wealth, his army of professional killers, and a network of informants that reaches into the highest levels of government, catching Guzman was considered impossible—until now. Newly isolated by infighting amongst the cartels, and with Mexican and DEA authorities closing in, El Chapo is vulnerable as never before. Newsweek correspondent Malcolm Beith has spent years reporting on the drug wars and follows the chase with full access to senior officials and exclusive interviews with soldiers and drug traffickers in the region, including members of Guzman’s cartel. The Last Narco combines fearless reporting with the story of El Chapo’s legendary rise from a poor farming family to the “capo” of the world’s largest drug empire. The Last Narco is essential reading about one of the most pressing and dramatic stories in the news today—a true crime thriller happening in real time.
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Now that El Chapo has been caught (for a 2nd time), there will no doubt be some people who come to Amazon looking for a book about him and the cartels in Mexico. Beth's book is a good lightweight introduction to a very complex issue. Crucial history is touched on throughout the entire book, but unfortunately - due to the deaths of so many journalists and people on the right side of the law, it addition to folklore surrounding narcos - there is so little accurate information to build a completely comprehensive account. The 3-Star rating pertains more to the fact that I've read several books about this topic prior to undertaking "The Last Narco." If you have never read a book about the cartels in Mexico, this might be a 4-Star or 5-Star to you.
I read killing Pablo which is a great book. I expected the same with The Last Narco. This book goes in circles to me. Not very good chronology. No talk of his recapture
It's impossible to follow current events without hearing about the violence carried out by Mexican drug cartels, but info on the cartels themselves can be (understandably) tough to come by. The Last Narco represents a massively useful, hopelessly compulsive page-turner; it's impossible to read without learning a whole lot.
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