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Cartel: The Coming Invasion of Mexico's Drug Wars

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Having followed Mexico's cartels for years, border security expert Sylvia Longmire takes us deep into the heart of their world to witness a dangerous underground that will do whatever it takes to deliver drugs to a willing audience of American consumers. The cartels have grown increasingly bold in recent years, building submarines to move up the coast of Central America and digging elaborate tunnels that both move drugs north and carry cash and U.S. high-powered assault weapons back to fuel the drug war. ...

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Having followed Mexico's cartels for years, border security expert Sylvia Longmire takes us deep into the heart of their world to witness a dangerous underground that will do whatever it takes to deliver drugs to a willing audience of American consumers. The cartels have grown increasingly bold in recent years, building submarines to move up the coast of Central America and digging elaborate tunnels that both move drugs north and carry cash and U.S. high-powered assault weapons back to fuel the drug war. Channeling her long experience working on border issues, Longmire brings to life the very real threat of Mexican cartels operating not just along the southwest border, but deep inside every corner of the United States. She also offers real solutions to the critical problems facing Mexico and the United States, including programs to deter youth in Mexico from joining the cartels and changing drug laws on both sides of the border.

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"Longmire offers fresh insights into almost every facet of the war on drugs . . . One-stop shopping for basic knowledge about U.S.-Mexican narcotics diplomacy." — Kirkus Reviews

"In Cartel  Sylvia Longmire furthers our understanding of a very complex health and national security issue south of the border and within the United States itself."—Malcolm Beith, author of The Last Narco

Cartel is a well-balanced blend of organized crime 101 and thought-provoking analysis of the current violence in Mexico. It’s an important addition to the current body of work on the criminal underworld that continues to spread its presence and influence north of the border into the United States. Readers will find themselves on the front line of this decades-old drug war that has finally crossed our border—Samuel Logan, author of This is for Mara Salvatrucha

"There's a real need for an easy-to-read, one-stop-shopping overview of the myriad issues facing us from Mexico's cartels. Longmire allows people to finally have the context to make sense of the drug war."—Nicholas Stein, Series Producer, National Geographic’s Border Wars

"Longmire's hard hitting, law enforcement-centered view of the situation on our border with Mexico is valuable and timely. Her up-to-the-minute, fact based account provides a much needed perspective on a problem that has been hijacked by exaggeration, and hyperbole and outright misinformation. It should be required reading for all who care about making our borders more secure."—Terry Goddard, former Arizona Attorney General 2003-2011

“From an experienced cartel analyst and special agent, this is a powerful and very comprehensive look into the broad scope of Mexican drug violence and its impact on the security of our nation.  One of the best books I've seen to understand Mexican cartels, border violence, drug trafficking and the ramifications of spill-over crime into America.  I encourage you to read this book.”—Fred Burton, VP Intelligence, Stratfor, and author of Chasing Shadows

“The insights here are invaluable—and essential. Longmire's depth of knowledge and analysis come in well-crafted prose that’s as thrilling to read as any novel and compelling for even the most casual reader.”—David Silverberg, Editor, Homeland Security Today

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230111370
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 9/27/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Sylvia Longmire was a Special Agent in the Air Force and a senior intelligence analyst for the state of California. She has been interviewed on Geraldo at Large, CNN and CNN International, BBC World Radio, and her writing is regularly featured in Homeland Security Today magazine. Currently, Longmire is an independent consultant, and testifies as an expert witness on U.S. asylum cases.

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Table of Contents

Author's Note

Introduction

The War Inside Mexico

Drug Trafficking in the Twenty-First Century

From Mexico to Main Street: An Illegal Drug's Journey into America

The Biggest Armed Force South of the Border

The Second-Biggest Moneymaker for Cartels: Kidnapping

The Mexican People

Felipe Calderón's Plan to Save Mexico

The Fight to Stop Cartels North of the Border

Marijuana Growers in the United States

Restoring Faith and Taking Mexico Back from the Narcos

Improving Security Along the Border and Beyond

Conclusions: Managing a War That Can't Be Won

Bibliography

Notes

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  • Posted March 5, 2012

    Very Scary for the US

    If you want a sobering look at the mayhem just south of our border, Cartel is a must read. Ms. Longmire is obviously an expert and she does a great job of laying out the reasons for the ongoing carnage - corruption, drug - and law enforcement - territory fights and the avalanche of guns flowing into Mexico, fueled by our shamefully lax gun laws. (It's jaw-dropping that anyone can walk into an Arizona gun shop and walk out with 4 assault weapons with no questions asked.) definitely worth reading for anyone concerned about this problem heading North - which is starting to happen.

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  • Posted November 26, 2011

    How to manage an unwinnable war

    Many people have become aware of the violence in Mexico perpetrated by the drug cartels. Ms. Longmire does a great job in illustrating the devastating reality and the far-reaching consequences on the Mexican society as well as the spillover effect into the U.S. There are no easy, clear answers, and the ongoing violence has claimed many victims, including innocent bystanders, in both countries. In her aptly titled conclusion, `Managing a War That Can't Be Won', she wraps up with specific and actionable recommendations that may not be palatable to everyone but must be considered from pragmatic perspective of `managing' this unwinnable war.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2013

    I was reading this yesterday at the bookstore. It had a publish

    I was reading this yesterday at the bookstore. It had a published date of 2011 in it. Why does it say it was published in 2013? Is this the next edition and the original was published in 2011.

    Great book. Very well written and told from a matter of fact view. Except for the part on guns going south very neutral and accurate!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2012

    Really......?????

    What a lucky moron that watched the news and was able to write a book .
    I didnt learn a new thing from it instead she blame mexico for everything when we damn well know that this is an international problem , the mexicans are not forcing the poison down the americans throat instead the americans are demanding it , the mexicans moving it and the colombians producing it . Lets not forget aboutthe other drugs from other places . Lets be smart about it im a 32 yr old who has never used drugs because i chose not to. Its a matter of us taking control of it and quit consuming it.

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