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  • Published: 17 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9781529113662
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512
  • RRP: $26.99

Amexica

War Along the Borderline




Discover the hidden horrors of the American-Mexican border in Ed Vulliamy's Amexica - revised and updated to cover the Trump era

Between the interiors of the USA and Mexico lies a borderland: Amexica.

A terrain astride the world's busiest frontier, teeming with migrants, factory workers, narcos, tourists, heroines and heroes, ranchers and rogues.

A border both porous and harsh, criss-crossed by a million people every day.

A warzone, where a grotesque pastiche of the globalised economy plays out in a tragedy of unfathomable violence as drug cartels and state forces face off.

Amexica is a journey through the cartels' reach into the borderland's daily life: through migrant camps, drug-smuggling 'plazas', rehab centres, sweatshop factories and the mass-murder of women. Updated with new material ten years on it paints an essential portrait of a country under siege - and testament to people who carry on regardless.

'Previously, to understand the ruthlessness, ambition and impact of today's global criminals, you needed to read Roberto Saviano's Gomorrah and Misha Glenny's McMafia. Now, you also need to read Vulliamy's Amexica' The Sunday Times

  • Published: 17 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9781529113662
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512
  • RRP: $26.99

About the author

Ed Vulliamy

Ed Vulliamy is a journalist and author who has worked more than thirty years as an international reporter with the Guardian and Observer. He won all the major awards in British journalism for his coverage of the Balkan wars between 1991-5, and discovered the gulag of concentration camps operated by the Bosnian Serbs in the Northwest Krajina region of Bosnia. As a result, he became the first reporter to testify at a war crimes tribunal since those at Nuremberg, giving evidence in nine trials at the ICTY in The Hague.

Vulliamy currently specialises in organised crime, narco-traffic and laundering of drug money, winning the 2013 Ryszard Kapusinski Prize for Literary Reportage for his book Amexica: War Along The Borderline. He was shortlisted for the same prize in 2016 for The War Is Dead Long Live the War, Bosnia: The Reckoning. He also writes about football, painting and music. His most recent publication is a memoir through music, When Words Fail: A Life With Music, War and Peace.

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Praise for Amexica

Amexica is fascinating, infuriating and inspiring. Essential reading

Don Winslow, author of The Power of the Dog

A work of vivid social reportage

Spectator

A harrowing read about the narcowars in Mexico, economic exploitation and the horrors of the globalised drug trade

Fatima Bhutto, New Statesman

Previously, to understand the ruthlessness, ambition and impact of today's global criminals, you needed to read Roberto Saviano's Gomorrah and Misha Glenny's McMafia. Now, you also need to read Vulliamy's Amexica

Sunday Times

The most vivid book so far published in English on the bloody calamity that has been visited on Mexico's northern border lands

Hugh O'Shaughnessy, Observer

Vulliamy is the ideal foreign correspondent to analyse the phenomenon. He knows the border well and was one of the first to report on the murdered women of Ciudad Juárez. He also refuses to find easy answers to difficult questions. While some commentators have made glib assumptions about the Mexican propensity for brutality, Amexica shows that the crushing power of the multinationals in a low-wage economy is a key factor

Independent

Ed Vulliamy provides a brilliant, rigorous analysis

Independent

With a great sense of timing, Vulliamy now comes out with the most vivid book so far published in English on the bloody calamity that has been visited on Mexico's northern border lands... The author has done a great deal of painstaking work in investigating and describing the blood-soaked frontier and the political cross-currants in both regions... it stands that this is a fascinating introduction to the bloody last act of the "war on drugs", which must surely soon pass unlamented into history

Hugh O'Shaughnessy, The Observer, New Review

This absorbing odyssey along the Mexican-American border gives pause for thought to anyone who ignores the side-effects of cocaine...Vulliamy's reporting is faultlessly brave ...the scenery and characters he meets are brought alive with vividness and intensity'

Alex Spillius, Telegraph

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