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The Taken: True Stories of the Sinaloa Drug War

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A massive wave of violence has rippled across Mexico over the past decade. In the western state of Sinaloa, the birthplace of modern drug trafficking, ordinary citizens live in constant fear of being “taken”—kidnapped or held against their will by armed men, whether criminals, police, or both. This remarkable collection of firsthand accounts by prize-winning journalist Ja
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Paperback, 324 pages
Published January 26th 2017 by University of Oklahoma Press
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Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Taken: True Stories of the Sinaloa Drug War is the only English-language translation I could find of award-winning journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas, who was the eighth journalist killed in Mexico in 2017 (since his murder on May 15, the count has risen to 10). He was shot in broad daylight in the street near his office in Sinaloa.

A dense and dark read, I found myself fatigued at multiple points but kept going because I felt I wanted in some small way to bear witness for Valdez as he bore wi
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