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Murder City: Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy's New Killing Fieldsby Charles Bowden
Synopses & Reviews
Ciudad Juárez lies just across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas. A once-thriving border town, it now resembles a failed state. Infamously known as the place where women disappear, its murder rate exceeds that of Baghdad or Mogadishu.
In Murder City, Charles Bowden has written an extraordinary account of what happens when a city disintegrates. Interweaving stories of its inhabitants--a raped beauty queen, a repentant hit man, a journalist fleeing for his life--with a broader meditation on the town's descent into anarchy, Bowden reveals how Juárez's culture of violence will not only worsen but inevitably spread north.
Book News Annotation:
Ciudad Juárez, during the past few decades, has gone from bustling border town to a city with the highest murder rate in the world. The cruel reality of Juarez is artfully depicted in this selection of narratives by Bowden, author of Down by the River and Some of the Dead are Still Breathing. Bowden brings individual tragedies to the reader's attention, ultimately putting the audience in touch with the human elements of the crimes. This book is intended for the general reader. Annotation Â©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the award-winning, critically acclaimed Charles Bowden, a stunning work of reportage on Ciudad Juárez—the blood-soaked town caught in the crosshairs of Mexicos escalating drug wars
About the Author
Charles Bowden is a contributing editor for GQ and Mother Jones; he also writes for Harper's, the New York Times Book Review, and Esquire. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.
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