This comprehensive reference work offers a detailed exploration of the vicious drug organizations that have enveloped Mexico in extreme violence since the 1980s. Organized alphabetically, the book features more than 200 entries on the major individuals and organizations that have dominated Mexico’s booming illegal drug trade, as well as the Mexican armed forces and police units that have faced off against them in the escalating War on Drugs.
The book opens with illuminating essays that provide context for Mexico’s cartels and the long-running War on Drugs and explore the impact of the cartels on the United States. The A-Z entries that follow include such topics as Vincente Fox, “El Chapo” Guzman, the Golden Triangle, Operation Border Star, and the Sinaloa and Zetas cartels. Other entries focus on various anti-drug campaigns, crucial events, and weaponry favored by the cartels. The entries are augmented by an expansive chronology, a colorful glossary, and an extensive bibliography.
- Offers a reliable resource for students and researchers who want to explore the world of Mexican drug cartels more knowledgeably and in greater depth
- Provides accurate information on many facets of the drug trade, much of which has been erroneously represented in the popular press and other media outlets
- Explores in detail the impact of the drug war in both Mexico and the United States
- Enables readers to pursue connections from one entry to another through numerous cross-references