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Anabel Hernández and Ed Vulliamy debate the Mexican government's complicity with drug cartels

Guy Sewell12 September 2013

Last night Anabel Hernández, author of Narcoland, gave a sell-out talk on her life as an investigative journalist in Mexico, at the Frontline Club (London) with Ed Vulliamy.

In Narcoland Anabel exposes the Mexican government's 'war on drugs' as a sham - revealing that the government is in fact complicit with cartel violence and trafficking. Ed Vulliamy is a writer for The Guardian and Observer, author of Amexica: War Along the Borderline and writes passionately about the various injustices in South and Central America.

You can watch the event in full, here:

A definitive history of the drug cartels, Narcoland takes readers to the front line of the drugs debate and explains in riveting detail how Mexico became a base for the mega-cartels of Latin America, as well as one of the most violent places on the planet. It includes extensive interviews with drug lords and government officials, and is the first book to definitively link the rise of the drug cartels in Mexico to government and business complicity at the very highest levels. Hernández, a Golden Pen of Freedom laureate, reveals a new form of warfare being fought across Mexico, taking some 80,000 lives in the last 6 years, and leaving a further 20,000 unaccounted for.

Narcoland describes a disastrous 'war on drugs' that has led to more than 80,000 deaths in half a dozen years. This is a book that exposes how everything in Mexico is implicated in the 'narco system.'" – Roberto Saviano, author of Gomorrah, from the foreward to Narcoland

You can read Ed Vulliamy's interview with Anabel Hernández on the Guardian website here (also incudes an extract of the book).

There are a few tickets left for Anabel's next two events in London - they are nearly sold out though so you will need to book as soon as possible (her Bristol event has sold out):

Sunday 15th, Conway Hall
Monday 16th, Prospect Magazine

Narcoland: The Mexican Drug Lords and Their Godfathers by Anabel Hernández is now available to buy.

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