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The drug war is fought on both sides of the US-Mexico border, but its guns are pointed South.


The word is very uncomfortable, one prefers not to mention it, but the truth is we are going through a war. And the war is against poor people, the war is against young people.

Writers Carmen Boullosa and Mike Wallace examine the causes and consequences of America’s century-long drug war in Mexico, from its roots in racial panic to an uncontrollable wave of violence unleashed across Mexican society.

Carmen and Mike are the authors of the new OR Books release A Narco History: How the United States and Mexico jointly created the “Mexican Drug War.”

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Carmen Boullosa

Carmen Boullosa is a novelist and member of Mexico’s Sistema Nacional de Creadores.



Mike Wallace

Mike Wallace is a Distinguished Professor of History at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York.


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