Gangster Warlords: Drug Dollars, Killing Fields and the New Politics of Latin America
Author Ioan Grillo presents and discusses his new book on the drug war and the humanitarian disaster it has unleashed
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
7:30pm - 8:30pm
On a ranch south of Texas, the man known as The Executioner leaves five hundred body parts in metal barrels. In Brazil’s biggest city, a mysterious prisoner orders hit men to gun down forty-one police officers and prison guards in two days. In southwest Mexico, a meth maker is venerated as a saint while enforcing Old Testament justice on his enemies.
A new kind of criminal kingpin has arisen: a hybrid of CEO, terrorist, and rock star, commanding guerilla attacks, strong-arming governments, and taking over much of the global trade in narcotics, guns, and humans. Their cartel militias and the security forces fighting them have unleashed a humanitarian disaster in Latin America and the Caribbean, where there have been more than a million murders in a decade. Moving between militia-controlled ghettos and the halls of top policy makers, Gangster Warlords provides a disturbing new understanding of a war that has spiraled out of control—and needs to be confronted now.
Originally hailing from Lewes, author Ioan Grillo has been based in Mexico City since 2000, covering Latin America for media including Time magazine, Reuters, the BBC and New York Times. His first book El Narco was a Radio 4 book of the week, and was long listed for The Orwell Prize and finalist at the Los Angeles Times Festival of books.
More info: www.ioangrillo.com