The world has watched stunned at the bloodshed in Mexico. Thirty thousand murdered since 2006; police chiefs shot within hours of taking office; mass graves comparable to those of civil wars; car bombs shattering storefronts; headless corpses heaped in town squares. The United States throws Black Hawk helicopters and drug agents at the problem. But in secret, Washington is confused and divided about what to do. "Who are these mysterious figures tearing Mexico apart?" they wonder.
"Great book ruined by bad narration"
In a ranch south of Texas, the man known as The Executioner dumps 500 body parts in metal barrels. In Brazil's biggest city, a mysterious prisoner orders hit men to gun down 41 police officers and prison guards in two days. In Southern Mexico a meth maker is venerated as a saint while enforcing Old Testament justice on his enemies. A new kind of criminal kingpin has arisen: part CEO, part terrorist, and part rock star, unleashing guerrilla attacks, strong-arming governments, and taking over much of the world's trade in narcotics, guns, and humans.
"The worst narrator for the book"
"Why Cartels Are Killing Mexico’s Mayors" is from the World section of The New York Times. It was written by Ioan Grillo and narrated by Fleet Cooper.
"Good mini documentary"
"Legalized Pot, Free Trade" is from the May 20, 2016 U.S. section of The New York Times. It was written by Ioan Grillo and narrated by Barbara Benjamin-Creel.
"In Mexico, Narco Films Versus Narco Reality" is from the July 24, 2016 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by Ioan Grillo and narrated by Fleet Cooper.