Wednesday, June 15, 2011, 7:00 P.M.
City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco, CA
speaks at City Lights
celebrating the release of his new book
To Die In Mexico: Dispatched From Inside The Drug War
published by City Lights Books
Combining on the ground reporting and in-depth discussions with people on the frontlines of Mexico's drug war, To Die in Mexico tells behind the scenes stories that address the causes and consequences of Mexico's multibillion-dollar drug-trafficking business. Gibler tells the hair raising stories of a Mexican journalist kidnapped, interrogated and threatened with death by the Gulf Cartel before being miraculously released; the story of a young guerrilla leader who tried to help small communities in the mountains of Guerrero say no to drugs and was then executed by narco-paramilitaries (Gibler interviewed him before his murder); family members of people killed in the conflict; survivors of assassination attempts and massacres; along with crime-beat photographers, funeral parlor workers, government officials, convicted traffickers, cab drivers and others who find themselves working against, with, or for the drug cartels. Gibler sees beyond the cops-and-robbers myths that pervade government and media portrayals of the unprecedented wave of violence and looks to the people of Mexico for solutions to the crisis now pushing Mexico to the breaking point.
"Many writers have pondered the evil and madness of the Mexican/American "drug war." Few have analyzed it with such vividness and clarity as John Gibler." ---Howard Campbell, Professor of Anthropology, University of Texas, El Paso
John Gibler is the author of Mexico Unconquered: Chronicles of Power and Revolt. He has reported for In These Times, Yes! Magazine, Left Turn, Colorlines, and ZNet, and has been featured on Democracy Now!, CNN and NPR's All Things Considered.
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