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Blood Gun Money

How America Arms Gangs and Cartels

Ioan Grillo

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Bloomsbury
02 March 2021
From the author of El Narco and Gangster Warlords, a searing investigation into the enormous black market for firearms, essential to cartels and gangs in the drug trade.

Guns from America reach more than 130 countries, and inundate Mexico, with over 200,000 guns every year crossing the border and arming the drug cartels. In this groundbreaking new work of investigative journalism, master of reportage Ioan Grillo delves into the enormous black market for firearms in the Americas: he travels to gun manufacturers, strolls the aisles of gun shows and gun shops, hangs out on Baltimore street corners, talks to federal agents who have infiltrated gangs, and visits the ATF gun tracing centre in West Virginia. Along the way, Grillo lays bare the many ways that guns slip through the legal cracks and into the hands of criminals, fuelling violence among Mexico's powerful cartels and beyond.

At a time when debates around gun control are rife, this gripping expose draws a startling a connection between guns and the global drug trade, revealing them to be key accessories in our epidemics of addiction.

Praise for Ioan Grillo 'Grillo is a breathtakingly intrepid reporter, diving in where police fear to tread, seeking out men who wouldn't hesitate to kill him' Mail on Sunday 'Tenacious, riveting, hair-raising reportage' Financial Times 'Dogged, impassioned and courageous reporting ... There is no doubting his expertise, his compassion or his grit' Daily Express
By:   Ioan Grillo
Imprint:   Bloomsbury
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781526632838
ISBN 10:   1526632837
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   02 March 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Ioan Grillo is a contributing writer at the New York Times specializing in crime and drugs. Based in Mexico City, he has also worked for Time magazine, the History Channel, CNN, Reuters, The Associated Press, and Esquire. He is the author of El Narco, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and Gangster Warlords, a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice and a Guardian Book of the Year.

Reviews for Blood Gun Money: How America Arms Gangs and Cartels

Praise for Ioan Grillo * --- * Grillo is a breathtakingly intrepid reporter, diving in where police fear to tread, seeking out men who wouldn't hesitate to kill him * Mail on Sunday * Dogged, impassioned and courageous reporting ... There is no doubting his expertise, his compassion or his grit * Daily Express * Grillo has done sterling work on the front lines ... His portraits of gangster societies living beyond law or even reason are starkly persuasive * Spectator * Ioan Grillo is one of the bravest and most thoughtful journalists in the world. If you want to know what's really going on, you have to read him - and especially this excellent book -- Johann Hari, author of 'Lost Connections'


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