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In the Shadow of Saint Death: The Gulf Cartel and the Price of America's Drug War in Mexico

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With the war between the Mexican state and the drug traffickers operating within its borders having claimed over 70,000 lives since 2006, noted journalist and author Michael Deibert zeroes in on the story of the notorious Gulf Cartel, their deadly war with their former allies Los Zetas, the cartel's connections in Mexican politics and what its trajectory means for Mexico’s ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by Lyons Press (first published May 6th 2014)
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Cora Lorenzo
Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
that was the hardest book I've ever read in my life. I knew that Mexico and South America's government was corrupt but to find out that the U.S. government was just as corrupt from bottom to top as well as banks laundering money and large businesses CEO's taking bribes for political gain. it makes me wonder how long before the drug cartel starts taking over America, or have they already started.
Cait R
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In the Shadow of Saint Death chronicles the plight of Mexico since its independence from Spain. highlighting factors that have been influential in contributing to what has become known as Mexico's War on Drugs. Deibert's account is as informational as it is terrifying and it forces readers to consider the extreme and disastrous impact that US politics and policies have had, and continue to have, on its neighbour to the south.
Romulo Reyes
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This is a powerful and disturbing account of the Drug War being waged inside Mexico. The brazen acts of violence and blatant corruption of the cartels and politicians is equal parts scary and sad. And to know that our government, while telling the people that it's helping fight this cancer, is actually helping perpetuate this is extremely disappointing.
Mr. Deibert has obviously done a huge amount of research and it shows. His historical account of the Drug War in the beginning of this book
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Nancy
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Knowing about the violence in Mexico, I am still disturbed by the facts presented in this book. So sad that the USA is so complicit in perpetuating this and hope that brave people like Michael Diebert will continue to bring these circumstances to light.
Matt Baggett
Jan 10, 2015 rated it liked it
The author does a superb job of stating the grim facts of the drug trade in Mexico. However, his understanding of the root cause of the troubles is off base and he draws the wrong conclusions.
liobardo train
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great insight

Great book with lots of knowledge. Recommended for anyone who wants to know about the gulf cartel and los zetas
Michele
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
In light of Deibert's other work, disappointing. Pretty much an enumeration of death without much analysis of the current & historical background.
Zach Vaughn
Dec 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
Really expected more from this book than a recitation of a litany of crimes. Some useful information, but you can find the same information in news articles.
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Michael Deibert first visited Haiti in 1997 and serves as the Reuters correspondent in Port-au-Prince from 2001 until 2003. His writing on Latin America and the Caribbean has appeared in Newsday, the Miami Herald, The Village Voice, The Economist Intelligence Unit, Salon, and The Guardian, among other publications.