Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter's Journey Through a Country's Descent into Darkness

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A crusading Mexican-American journalist searches for justice and hope in an increasingly violent Mexico

In the last decade, more than 100,000 people have been killed or disappeared in the Mexican drug war, and drug trafficking there is a multibillion-dollar business. In a country where the powerful are rarely scrutinized, noted Mexican-American journalist Alfredo Corchado refuses to shrink from reporting on government corruption, murders in Juárez, or the ruthless drug cartels ...

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Overview


A crusading Mexican-American journalist searches for justice and hope in an increasingly violent Mexico

In the last decade, more than 100,000 people have been killed or disappeared in the Mexican drug war, and drug trafficking there is a multibillion-dollar business. In a country where the powerful are rarely scrutinized, noted Mexican-American journalist Alfredo Corchado refuses to shrink from reporting on government corruption, murders in Juárez, or the ruthless drug cartels of Mexico. One night, Corchado received a tip that he could be the next target of the Zetas, a violent paramilitary group—and that he had twenty-four hours to find out if the threat was true. Midnight in Mexico is the story of one man’s quest to report the truth of his country—as he races to save his own life.

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Editorial Reviews

Washington Post - Marie Arana
Electrifying… Corchado documents his own race against time with white-knuckle alarm. Searching for clues about the death threat against him, he gives readers an intimate sense of the murky alliances: the drug thugs who lunch with U.S. government officials, the cheeky prostitute who holds more valuable information than any high-level bureaucrat, the broadcast journalist who can't tear herself away from the gore.
Dallas Morning News - Alan Cheuse
Fascinating… a passionate amalgam of personal history, national history and reportage. Corchado looks at Mexico's darkest hour. And doesn't blink.
Kirkus Reviews
Mexico-born U.S. journalist Corchado frames a portrait of a torn nation within an account of escaping his own murder. "By the time this book is published," writes Dallas Morning News Mexico bureau chief Corchado, "nearly ninety thousand people will have been killed or disappeared since President Calderón launched a war on the cartels." Any number of people might have wanted him among them: the Zetas, enforcers for a Mexican drug lord who became drug lords themselves; lesser drug lords; corrupt officials within the military or government. As he writes, on receiving the death threat, "I scanned my recent work…looking for the story that could have pissed them off--whoever they were." Having lived and reported through four presidencies (a Mexican president serves a single six-year term), Corchado was well-placed to gauge the seriousness of the threat--and, having gauged it, wise to head back to El Norte, the cause of so many of Mexico's woes. His own story is emblematic, to be sure, but also common enough: After all, hundreds of young people lie dead in Ciudad Juárez because of the psychopathy attendant in the drug trade. More interesting than his personal travails are the author's reflections on a Mexico that is malformed and crime-stricken largely due to American influences, unintended perhaps but real nonetheless, the drug cartels having filled an economic and political vacuum produced by neoliberal free trade. In fact, the cartels are perfect examples of free trade, with one drug lord standing on "the Forbes list of the world's billionaires." Corchado is short on prescription but long on description, especially of the disastrous policies of the George W. Bush administration, some of which helped flood Mexico with automatic weapons. People are willing to do anything about Latin America other than read about it, or so it's been said. This is one book about Latin America that merits attention.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594204395
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/30/2013
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 106,600
  • Product dimensions: 6.58 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author


Alfredo Corchado is a Nieman, Woodrow Wilson, and Rockefeller fellow and the Mexico bureau chief of the Dallas Morning News. In 2000, he was the first reporter granted an interview with then newly-elected president Vicente Fox. He lives in Mexico City.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Great summary of the drug war in Mexico

    Written like a story, the book covers the drug war in Mexico as told by someone who has traveled back and forth across the frontera throughout his life. I loved how it captured the push/pull he feels between the two countries, his family, and optimism vs. realism. If you are interested in Mexico, the borderlands, drug trade, or Mexican-American studies, I recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    As a native El Pasoan, I was completely enthralled by this book.

    As a native El Pasoan, I was completely enthralled by this book.  It almost felt like I was re-living the 90s.  Although it's political and historical, the blending of Corchado's personal story and the retelling of the sights and sounds, his feelings, makes this VERY hard to put down.  High recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2013

    Exceptional work. a must read. 

    Exceptional work. a must read. 

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    Posted June 2, 2013

    :D

    Sounds good! :D

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