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This book is misnamed, full of errors, and has no documentation to support some of the claims made by the author.
I am not completely finished reading it (only 130 of the 230 pages) and may
eventually discover something positive to say before I reach the end — but the greatest predictor of the future is the past and the present and the first 120 pages are awful.
I suspected that there would be trouble when the author misspelled (and continued to misspell) the term for the mexican popular music style name the corrido. He refers to narcocorridA and uses this term throughout the book. That's not the only spelling or misidentification of terms found in this book. Mestizo becomes Mezito, knicknames of people become mangled and switched around to unrecognizable forms. The review of Mexican history is simplistic and looks like it might have been cribbed directly from Wikipedia. Doesn't Wiley have editors who do fact checking?
And the title is very strange and perhaps only an opportunistic attempt to cash in on a hot subject. There is NO mention of Cartels until page 56 — a quarter of the way into this book about cartels, and then there are another 5 pages before he begins to lay out his understanding of the history and rise of the cartels. And he immediately makes two serious errors of fact — the most egregious being completely incorrect information about one of the first generation narcotraffickers Pedro Aviles Perez. He goes from bad to worse by page 65 when he attempts to describe the emergence of the Guadalajara Cartel and its leaders.
It seems to me that this author is simply trying to cash in on a hot topic even though he is highly unqualified and misinformed about what is happening in Mexico. There is a disclaimer at the end indicating that he has not identified sources to protect them from retaliation, but I can assure any of his respondents that they have nothing to worry about from what he has said.
I also hope that Wiley didn't publish too many of these books. Mine will certainly end up in the trash.
 

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