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When a Corpse Is a Message

Álvaro Enrigue: Mexico’s Cartels

7 May 2014
Narcoland: The Mexican Drug Lords and Their Godfathers 
by Anabel Hernández, translated by Iain Bruce.
Verso, 362 pp., £16.99, September 2013, 978 1 78168 073 5
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ZeroZeroZero 
by Roberto Saviano.
Feltrinelli, 444 pp., £23, March 2013, 978 88 07 03053 6
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Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey through a Country’s Descent into Darkness 
by Alfredo Corchado.
Penguin, 248 pp., £17, May 2013, 978 1 59420 439 5
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... a national security problem, not just a police problem. In Midnight in Mexico, the US journalist Alfredo Corchado argues that nothing has ever worked well in Mexico. He goes back to General Antonio López de Santa Anna’s presidency in the first half of the 19th century to explain why the country has failed: ‘A lifetime of humiliations, betrayals and ...

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