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Re: Summer reading

Posted by Don Binkley on June 30, 2011, 10:22 pm, in reply to "Summer reading"

Jorge Casteņeda wrote a pretty decent book back in 1995 after the devaluation of the peso for the (what) 3rd time since 1972.

'The Mexican Shock' It's Meaning for the U.S. was published in 1995 while he was a professor of political science at the National Autonomous Univ. of Mexico. It was really a collection of essays that were reassembled into 3 sections. This is a must read for a great historical perspective of the relationship between the US and Mexico on Trade, Immigration, and the Drug Business. Most of the predictions made 16 years ago have come true.

Another great book also written by the same author is 'Perpetuating Power' how Mexican Presidents were chosen. A great study of how dictatorship has survived for so many years in Mexico. Some of the political and business marriages in the PRI remind me of the situation in Tenacatita.

The current book 'Maņana Forever' does seem to have a great deal of publishers hype running the release but so do many books. The press releases don't really have anything to do with the ideas presented by the it is sitting here on the table and I know that soon I will get around to reading it. I'll then let you know what I think.

Oh here's a great journalist who's written on the Drug Business, it is kinda creepy but compared to Charles Bowden it seems much more factual, to the point...than 'Murder City' but get a copy of 'To Die in Mexico: Dispatches from Inside the Drug War by John Gibler and published by City Lights, San Francisco.


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