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4 books to understand drug trafficking in Mexico

Updated: Jun 26


Cover of 4 books to understand drug trafficking in Mexico

I have always said it, drug trafficking is like cancer. It is a very complex problem that all Mexicans should keep in mind. That is why I recommend these four books by journalist Anabel Hernández, which provide a broad and detailed view of drug trafficking in Mexico from different angles and perspectives, being essential for anyone who wishes to understand the complexity and impact of this phenomenon in the country.



1. Los Señores del Narco / Narcoland - Anabel Hernández


Summary: In this book, journalist Anabel Hernández offers an exhaustive investigation into the structure of drug trafficking in Mexico. Published in 2010, Hernández reveals the complicity between drug cartels, businessmen and government authorities. The book focuses on the Sinaloa Cartel and its leader, Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, providing an in-depth look at the operations and violence associated with drug trafficking.


Importance: "Los Señores del Narco" is crucial to understanding the complexity and corruption that allow the existence and expansion of drug trafficking in Mexico. It is a testament to brave investigative journalism in an extremely dangerous environment.


This is a book that surprised me. Buy it in Amazon (Spanish Edition)




2. El traidor. El diario secreto del hijo del Mayo / The Traitor. The secret diary of Mayo's son - Anabel Hernández


Summary: Published in 2019, "El Traidor, el diario secrteto del hijo del Mayo" is also the work of Anabel Hernández. This book is based on the diaries of Vicente Zambada Niebla, alias "El Vicentillo", son of Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, one of the leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel. Hernández offers an inside view of the cartel's operations and negotiations with US authorities, revealing betrayal and alliances within the world of drug trafficking.


Significance: "El Traidor, el diario secrteto del hijo del Mayo" offers a unique perspective from inside the cartel, providing detailed information on the internal dynamics and international relations of drug trafficking.


This book is so good that I lent it and they never returned it to me. Buy it in Amazon (Spanish Edition)




3. Emma y las otras señoras del narco / Emma and Other Narco Women - Anabel Hernández


Summary: In "Emma y las otras señoras del narco", published in 2021, Anabel Hernández explores the role of women in drug trafficking. Through testimonies and interviews, Hernández presents stories of women who have been wives, daughters, and mothers of drug traffickers, as well as those who have taken active roles in criminal organizations. The book puts a special focus on Emma Coronel, the wife of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, and her life within the cartel.


Importance: This book is essential to understanding the role and influence of women in drug trafficking, offering a perspective that is often overlooked in the traditional narrative of organized crime.


This book was a very thoughtful gift for my birthday. Buy it in Amazon (Spanish Edition)




4. La historia secreta: AMLO y el Cártel de Sinaloa / The Secret Story: AMLO and th e Sinaloa Cartel - Anabel Hernández


Summary: Anabel Hernández, one of the journalists with the most extensive experience in drug trafficking issues, investigates in this book the alleged relations between the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador and the Sinaloa Cartel. Published in June of this year (2024), Hernández's most recent book analyzes the rumors and evidence that suggest possible collaboration or tolerance towards this cartel during the AMLO administration.


Importance: This book is controversial and critical, offering a perspective on the possible influences and political agreements that may have facilitated the operation of one of the most powerful cartels in Mexico.


This book was a gift for Father's Day, and it also surprised me a lot. Buy it in Amazon (Spanish Edition)



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