Murder City: Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy's New Killing Fields

Murder City: Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy's New Killing Fields

by Charles Bowden

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Overview

Ciudad Juarez lies just across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas. A once-thriving border town, it now resembles a failed state. Infamously known as the place where women disappear, its murder rate exceeds that of Baghdad.

In Murder City, Charles Bowden-one of the few journalists who spent extended periods of time in Juarez-has written an extraordinary account of what happens when a city disintegrates. Interweaving stories of its inhabitants-a beauty queen who was raped, a repentant hitman, a journalist fleeing for his life-with a broader meditation on the town's descent into anarchy, Bowden reveals how Juarez's culture of violence will not only worsen, but inevitably spread north.

Heartbreaking, disturbing, and unforgettable, Murder City was written at the height of his powers and established Bowden as one of America's leading journalists.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781568586229
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 03/30/2010
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 363,334
File size: 5 MB
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Charles Bowden, the recipient of a Lannan Literary Award and the Sidney Hillman Award, is the critically acclaimed author of numerous books, including Down by the River and Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing. He is a contributing editor for GQ and Mother Jones, and also writes for Harpers, the New York Times Book Review, Esquire, and Aperture. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.

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Murder City: Ciudad Juárez and the Global Economy's New Killing Fields 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
HMGAELV More than 1 year ago
The book summarizes information found daily on the Mexican newspapers for the last two-three years developing an image of Juarez to people oblivious to the issue with lots of descriptive reading trying to create an image of what the author sees and feels. In my opinion the author is part of the same "society" he mentions in the book where silence is the norm, where ghosts live in the City. I admire the effort and courage of the author. It is obvious he knows who the players are and the real reasons for the murders of Juarez. He should probably write an investigative book. He may not do it because he knows very well, as he describes in the book, that stating the facts gets you killed, persecuted and terrorized no matter where you are. Being a Juarez local (not living in Juarez anymore) I think the readers deserve a better explanation of the current affairs focusing more on the "economics" behind the murders as the title of the book implies. At least to me, the book title implied the global economy as a factor for the killings. The book is a "must read" for all the people who supports the legalization of drugs. It may shed some light to what the future would be if drugs were available and legal in our beloved America.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bowden is a great writer but I am warning it reads a little odd and skips around. It is a very informative piece if more people read this book then more people can be informed about what is going on right next to us and how we can hopefully change this corruption and mass murders.
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The choppy writing style used in this book made it hard for me to follow. There is probably a good story here, but it could have been better told.
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