Charles Bowden (2010). Murder City: Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy's New Killing Fields. New York: Nation Books.
Several times as a child on vacation with my parents and a number of times while I lived in Texas, I visited Juarez, Mexico and found it a beautiful city full of cheerful, friendly people. But in the years since it has become a major battlefield in the US-sponsored "War on Drugs". Journalist Charles Bowden documents the fact that since 2008, when the Army was brought in to pacify Juarez, there have been over 4,000 murders in that city. While the 10,000 soldiers have failed to bring peace to the city they have committed over 3,400 human rights violations reported to the national human rights commission. Bowden examines why so many are dying -- as many, it seems, at the hands of the military and police as at the hands of the drug gangs. He lays the blame just where it belongs at the feet of America's drug policies. A very well-written and important book, which I highly recommend.