Synopses & Reviews
The dense hills of Sinaloa, Mexico, are home to the most powerful drug lord since Pablo Escobar: Joaquin and#8220;El Chapoand#8221; Guzman. Guzman is among the worldand#8217;s ten most wanted men and also appeared on Forbes magazineand#8217;s 2009 billionaire list. With his massive wealth, his army of professional killers, and a network of informants that reaches into the highest levels of government, catching Guzman was considered impossibleand#8212;until now. Newly isolated by infighting amongst the cartels, and with Mexican and DEA authorities closing in, El Chapo is vulnerable as never before. Newsweek correspondent Malcolm Beith has spent years reporting on the drug wars and follows the chase with full access to senior officials and exclusive interviews with soldiers and drug traffickers in the region, including members of Guzmanand#8217;s cartel. The Last Narco combines fearless reporting with the story of El Chapoand#8217;s legendary rise from a poor farming family to the and#8220;capoand#8221; of the worldand#8217;s largest drug empire. The Last Narco is essential reading about one of the most pressing and dramatic stories in the news todayand#8212;a true crime thriller happening in real time.
"Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera (a.k.a. El Chapo) is a legend in Mexican drug lore with a reputation as a charming, dangerous vice lord who effectively ran his operation at the peak of the violent drug battles over a decade. Using secret Mexican and American government records and interviews with officials, drug traffickers, and members of El Chapo's cartel, Beith, a journalist covering the Mexican drug war for Newsweek, provides an in-your-face account of the poor peasant boy who rose to become the most feared and ruthless of the drug lords, flaunting his wealth and power while eluding capture from a massive manhunt. Even when El Chapo's capture was announced, officials knew he would escape--and he did, returning to the mountains where troops couldn't touch him. Courageous, gritty, and gripping. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera (a.k.a. El Chapo) is a legend in Mexican drug lore with a reputation as a charming dangerous vice lord who effectively ran his operation at the peak of the violent drug battles over a decade. Using secret Mexican and American government records and interviews with officials drug traffickers and members of El Chapo's cartel Beith a journalist covering the Mexican drug war for Newsweek provides an in your face account of the poor peasant boy who rose to become the most feared and ruthless of the drug lords flaunting his wealth and power while eluding capture from a massive manhunt. Even when El Chapo's capture was announced officials knew he would escape and he did returning to the mountains where troops couldn't touch him. Courageous gritty and gripping. (Sept.) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
and#147;All of Mexico is El Chapo country. His rise parallels that of Pablo Escobar.and#8221;and#151;Newsweek
and#147;Malcolm Beithand#8217;s book is a virtual nonstop chase.and#8221;and#151;David Steinberg, Albuquerque Journal
and#147;The Last Narco is a brave and terrific headlong journalistic trek into the dangerous, and immensely relevant, terrain of drug trafficking in Mexico, and the life and times of its foremost practitioner.and#8221; and#151;Sam Quinones, author of True Tales from Another Mexico
and#147;The Last Narco gracefully captures the heroic struggle of those who dare to stand up to the cartels, and the ways those cartels have tragically corrupted every aspect of Mexican law enforcement.and#8221; and#151;Laura Bickford, producer, Traffic
and#147;Malcolm Beith slaps our faces with our ignorance. We barely know Mexico, and understand even less of its major industry, drugs. In The Last Narco, he gives us a look into a place our government either denies or lies about. This time you can run, but you canand#8217;t hide.and#8221; and#151;Charles Bowden, author of Murder City
and#147;No and#145;war on terrorand#8217; was ever as terrifying as the ferocious wars of the drug lords in Mexico. In The Last Narco, Malcolm Beith courageously takes us to the front lines in the heart of the Mexican badlandsand#151;and also right on the border of the United States. This is a threat to homeland security that is too often ignored by the press and public, and this is the book that brings it all into focus. A must read.and#8221; and#151;Christopher Dickey, author of Securing the City: Inside Americaand#8217;s Best Counterterror Forceand#151;the NYPD
and#147;Malcolm Beith risked life and limb to tell the inside story of Joaquand#237;n and#145;El Chapoand#8217; Guzmand#225;n Loera, Mexicoand#8217;s notorious drug capo. A novelist could not have presented a more intriguing or compelling tale of corruption, intimidation, murder, blood feuds, life-and-death negotiations, and the entrepreneurial skill of a near-mythic figure whom Forbes Magazine named one of the worldand#8217;s richest men. Beithand#8217;s superb book corroborates the clichand#233; that fact is stranger than fiction.and#8221; and#151;George W. Grayson, professor of government at the College of William and Mary and the author of Mexico: Narco-Violence and a Failed State?
and#147;He is the last of the Mohicans. All of the other big cartels have been decapitated. That is why they want him so badly.and#8221; and#151;Jorge Chabat, Mexico City Law Enforcement Expert
and#147;A virtual nonstop chase.and#8221; and#151;Trading Markets
Beith goes deep inside the hunt for the most powerful, feared, and charismatic drug lord in the world, Mexico's Joaquin El Chapo Guzman, and tells the full story of the drug trade over the past 30 years.