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A war that can't be won : binational perspectives on the war on drugs

by Tony Payan; Kathleen A Staudt; Z Anthony Kruszewski;

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The narratives of a failed drug war   (2014-03-13)


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by creechan

This is an important book. The fact is that there is a bifurcated literature addressing the drug-war in Mexico: on one hand, there are many Spanish language investigative reports that offer a detailed insight into the history and conduct of the war on drugs while on the other there are an increasing number of English language books that look at the drug war from the point of view of US foreign policy. This book is unique in presenting a view from both sides of the border.

It does emphasize the border region and looks at the impact of the drug war in the northern part of Mexico and in the Southwestern US. And it also focuses on a more general issue of Federal vs. Regional governance, — a topic that has not been widely discussed in relation to the drug war.

I consider that this book to be a required book for understanding the complexities of the war on drugs and to be indispensable for understanding the competing narratives of conducting a drug war.

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