Drug War 40

The global war as seen from the center of North America

On Our Bookshelf: Recommended Reading

compiled by Vanessa Johnson

Current Events and Drug War

Beith, Malcolm. The Last Narco: Inside the Hunt for the World’s Most-Wanted Drug Lord. Grove Press, 2010. [amazon]

Bowden, Charles. Juarez: The Laboratory of Our Future. Aperture, 1998. [amazon]

Bowden, Charles. Murder City: Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields. Nation Books, 2010. [amazon]

Bowden, Charles. A Shadow in the City: Confessions of an Undercover Drug Warrior. Mariner Books; 2006. [amazon]

Campbell, Howard. Drug War Zone: Frontline Dispatches from the Streets of El Paso and Juárez. University of Texas Press, 2009. [amazon]

Ford, Don Henry Jr. Contrabando: Confessions of a Drug-Smuggling Texas Cowboy. Cinco Puntos Press, 2005. [cinco puntos]

Grayson, George W. Mexico: Narco-Violence and a Failed State? Transaction Publishers, 2009. [amazon]

Martinez, Oscar J. Troublesome Border, Revised Edition. University of Arizona Press, 2006. [amazon]

Payan, Tony. The Three U.S.-Mexico Border Wars: Drugs, Immigration, and Homeland Security. Praeger, 2006. [amazon]

Poppa, Terrence E. Drug Lord: The Life & Death of a Mexican Kingpin-A True Story. Demand Publications, 1998. [amazon]

Staudt, Kathleen, Tony Payan and Z. Anthony Kruszewski. Human Rights along the U.S.–Mexico Border: Gendered Violence and Insecurity. University of Arizona Press, 2009. [amazon]

Staudt, Kathleen. Violence and Activism at the Border: Gender, Fear, and Everyday Life in Ciudad Juarez. University of Texas Press, 2008. [amazon] [review]

Washington Valdez, Diana. The Killing Fields: Harvest of Women. Peace at the Border, 2006. [amazon]


Bowden, Charles. Down by the River: Drugs, Money, Murder, and Family. Simon & Schuster, 2004. [amazon]

Cartright, Gary. Dirty Dealing: Drug Smuggling on the Mexican Border and the Assassination of a Federal Judge–An American Parable. Cinco Puntos Press, 1998. [cinco puntos] [amazon]

Krauze, Enrique. Mexico: Biography of Power. By Enrique Krauze. Harper Perennial, 1998. [amazon]

Martinez, Oscar J. U.S.-Mexico Borderlands: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. SR Books, 1996. [amazon]

Metz, Leon C. Border: The U.S.-Mexico Line. Texas Christian University Press, 2008. [amazon]

Metz, Leon C. Turning Points in El Paso, Texas. Mangan Books, 1985. [amazon]

Romo, David Dorado. Ringside Seat to a Revolution: An Underground Cultural History of El Paso and Juarez, 1893-1923. Cinco Puntos Press, 2005. [cinco puntos]

Welsome, Eileen. The General and the Jaguar: Pershing’s Hunt for Pancho Villa: A True Story of Revolution and Revenge. Bison Books, 2007. [amazon]


Azulejo, Manuel. The Underdogs: A Novel of the Mexican Revolution. Penguin Classics, 2008. [amazon]

Bolaño, Roberto. 2666: A Novel. Picador, 2009. [amazon]

Bolaño, Roberto. The Savage Detectives: A Novel. Picador, 2008. [amazon]

Byrd, Bobby, John William Byrd, and Luis Humberto Crosthwaite. Puro Border: Dispatches, Snapshots & Graffiti from La Frontera. Cinco Puntos Press, 2002. [cinco puntos]

McCarthy, Cormac. The Border Trilogy: All the Pretty Horses, the Crossing, Cities of the Plain. Everyman’s Library, 1999. [amazon]

McCarthy, Cormac. No Country for Old Men. Vintage, 2007. [amazon]

Paz, Octavio. The Labyrinth of Solitude: The Other Mexico, Return to the Labyrinth of Solitude, Mexico and the United States, the Philanthropic Ogre. Grove Press, 1994. [amazon]

Urrea, Luis Alberto. Across the Wire: Life and Hard Times on the Mexican Border. Anchor, 1993. [amazon]


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