Drug War 40

The global war as seen from the center of North America

Howard Campbell

Howard Campbell, is Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Texas at El Paso. His most recent book is “Drug War Zone.” A description:

Based on deep access to the drug-smuggling world, this study presents the drug war through the eyes and lives of direct participants. Half of the book consists of oral histories from drug traffickers, and the other half from law enforcement officials. There is much journalistic coverage of the drug war, but very seldom are the lived experiences of traffickers and “narcs” presented in such vivid detail. In addition to providing an up-close, personal view of the drug-trafficking world, Campbell explains and analyzes the functioning of drug cartels, the corruption that facilitates drug trafficking, the strategies of smugglers and anti-narcotics officials, and the perilous culture of drug trafficking that Campbell refers to as the “Drug War Zone.”

Reason Magazine interview about the book, Drug War Zone: Frontline Dispatches from the Streets of El Paso and Juarez. link

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