El Chapo: The Untold Story of the World's Most Infamous Drug Lord

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6.3 X 9.1 X 1.5 inches | 1.4 pounds

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About the Author
Noah Hurowitz is a journalist based in New York City. He covered the trial of El Chapo for Rolling Stone, and his work has also appeared in The Village Voice, The Baffler, New York magazine, and many more. El Chapo is his first book.
"Hurowitz fleshes out the harrowing details of Mexico's drug violence and high-level corruption, and draws on interviews with former cartel insiders to document El Chapo's staggering ambitions and deep-seated paranoia.... [The author's] access to players on both sides of the drug war impresses." --Publishers Weekly
"A fast-paced study of the infamous, now imprisoned Mexican drug lord and the social structures that supported and enabled his rise...Readers won't look at the war on drugs the same way after reading Hurowitz's damning account." --Kirkus
"El Chapo buries the sensationalism and strips the myths from Mexico's most famous drug lord. Instead Hurowitz gives us a complex, but no less rollicking, portrait of a man caught between America's never-ending demand for narcotics, its persistent need for a scapegoat and a Mexican state always happy to dish one up. El Chapo is true crime biography done right." --Benjamin T. Smith, author of The Dope: The Real History of the Mexican Drug Trade
"[A] much-needed revisit of the Chapo story...fast-paced, at times edgy...Hurowitz manages to capture the history of the drug war in Mexico well." --Small Wars Journal
"This remarkably engaging...Truly the definitive account of the life of Joaquín Guzmán, El Chapo. Yet it is about so much more than just the world's most infamous drug trafficker. Through the story of El Chapo, Hurowitz reveals in compelling fashion the calculated and violent absurdity that is the so-called War on Drugs--a war that has proven more effective in killing, terrorizing, and repressing poor people across the globe than stopping the flow of illicit drugs. This impressively researched book is essential reading." --Alexander Aviña, author of Specters of Revolution: Peasant Guerrillas in the Cold War Mexican Countryside
"Hurowitz did what a few American journalists or writers do: he went to Mexico to capture the background of the events that describe and explain the failure of the American war on drugs and the rise of criminals like Chapo Guzmán. El Chapo is a great book, easy to digest for readers and a fabulous explanation with a healthy narrative of the cruel reality on both sides of the Río Bravo about narcotrafficking, corruption and political blindness." --J. Jesús Esquivel, Washington DC correspondent for Proceso magazine and author of El Juicio: Crónica de la caída del Chapo
"A rare achievement: a page-turning, true crime narrative with a deep and well-researched analysis. Hurowitz details the rise to power of Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán, but never takes his eye off the structures of power that facilitated it, within both the Mexican government and the global economy." --Christy Thornton, assistant professor of sociology and Latin American studies at Johns Hopkins University and author of Revolution in Development: Mexico and the Governance of the Global Economy

"El Chapo tears through the myth of Mexico's most infamous mobster and reveals the flesh and blood of the living man, the vibrant if cutthroat mountain culture he hailed from and the failed war on drugs that made him." --Ioan Grillo, author of El Narco and Blood Gun Money