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Murder City: Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy's New Killing Fields de [Bowden, Charles]
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Ciudad Juárez lies just across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas. A once-thriving border town, it now resembles a failed state. Infamously known as the place where women disappear, its murder rate exceeds that of Baghdad. Last year 1,607 people were killed—a number that is on pace to increase in 2009.

In Murder City, Charles Bowden—one of the few journalists who has spent extended periods of time in Juárez—has written an extraordinary account of what happens when a city disintegrates. Interweaving stories of its inhabitants—a raped beauty queen, a repentant hitman, a journalist fleeing for his life—with a broader meditation on the town's descent into anarchy, Bowden reveals how Juárez's culture of violence will not only worsen, but inevitably spread north.

Heartbreaking, disturbing, and unforgettable, Murder City establishes Bowden as one of our leading writers working at the height of his powers.

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Charles Bowden, the recipient of a Lannan Literary Award and the Sidney Hillman Award, is the critically acclaimed author of numerous books, including Down by the River and Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing. He is a contributing editor for GQ and Mother Jones, and also writes for Harper-s, the New York Times Book Review, Esquire, and Aperture. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.

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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas A vitally important but disturbing book 13 de abril de 2010
Por D. E. Ford - Publicado en
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If the angels ever visited Juarez looking for the proverbial one good man, I'm afraid they'd either be kidnapped, murdered, or probably both before their search was over.

In his dark, non-fiction novel, Murder City: Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy's New Killing Fields, Charles Bowden takes you by the hand and gives a guided tour of one of the lower hells that's just across the border from El Paso, Texas.

On your journey through this third-world dystopia, you travel to an impoverished insane asylum out in the desert ran by El Pastor, who collects from the streets of Juarez those whose lives were shattered by torture, drugs, gang rape, and a host of other horrors. From there you'll visit the "death houses" where underneath floors and patios the anonymous dead wait to be found. You'll cruise the streets at dawn to find the bodies bound with silver and gray duct tape at hands, feet, and mouth, deposited the night before. You'll also meet a sicario, an assassin, who speaks of his childhood, his time in the Mexican state police and the FBI academy, and finally his plunge into "the life" where he has since racked up over 250 murders becoming a highly sought after "murder artist".

At each point on your journey, Bowden stops and makes you look, he makes you bear witness as he has done for almost 20 years, to the unacknowledged, unreported disintegration of not only a city, but of an entire country.

From the nearly ubiquitous corruption in all branches of the Mexican government, military, and police forces to the members of drug cartels living like kings surrounded by grinding poverty to American factories paying starvation wages, Bowden drags it all into the light for us to see.

This book does not pull any punches: While Murder City is a vital, important work, it's also a dark and disturbing read. But throughout it rings true.

Charles Bowden has opened my eyes to a world I could never have imagined prior to reading Murder City.

Take the ride.
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3.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Interesting Subject But The Writing Style May Annoy 29 de septiembre de 2013
Por Keese Lane - Publicado en
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It's an interesting subject for the book but the writing style takes some getting used to. Bowden writes the whole book in what are essentially bulleted paragraphs jumping from topic to topic and jerking the reader around though he often circles back to same issues which give some sense of continuation through the book.

Bowden does a great job telling a story of corruption but his writing style leaves the reader wondering what is fiction and what isn't. Is this a piece of nonfiction or a literary description of Juarez. Bowden tries to do both and doesn't quite pull it off. His book makes me want to read more on the subject but not by him.
5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas An amazing, mind opening experience. 17 de febrero de 2016
Por A Bucket of Corn - Publicado en
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Eye opening. Disturbing. Scary as hell. Truly tragic. An exploration of some of the true life horrors taking place, and the tragic reality that no one seems to care it is happening. Media lies, government cover-ups. This is a book that does not sugar coat the real truth. It does not promote the untruth that is forced down person’s throats, this book lays it out, blunt, descriptive, horrifying, and in your face. Bowden is unapologetic. He is to the point. He is not scared to speak the truth, write the reality that is happening. This is a book that everyone should read so that truth can be experienced and not the cover-ups, lies that are so rampant.

Murder City is a book that is brutally honest. Most of the chapters are laid out in a fashion like your reading someone’s thoughts, or a journal entry of the day, and news that has happened. The book really has no structure which makes it all the more unique and interesting, but most of all brutal because of it’s lack of sanity, because what is written, and talked about, and explored is true insanity, yet that insanity is all reality. A perfection in reporting. Very intense. Dark. Twisted, and yet it flows like an average report of a day in the life of a victim, or at least those left behind to experience the victim.

“I’ve never done any kind of drug deal in my life. But I’ve loaned out scales to friends who felt differently. So drop the notions you carry about who is clean and not clean. Who is honest or dishonest will get you closer to reality.” Page 80
4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Wolves in the kitchen. 12 de octubre de 2015
Por R. Phelps - Publicado en
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Having completed the book and after watching a documentary where the author plays a role... I am more fascinated by the phenomena (if that is really an appropriate word) of what is happening in the Juarez/El Paso area (and northern mexico)... I'm just at a loss, this book baffles me more than anything... it is as if he started writing in order to try to find out what he meant, what he understands, what he thinks about what is happening, but has failed. Who knows maybe it is indicative of how complex and convoluted the issues are... I saw sicario last weekend and thought continually about this book and how I hoped for insight but only got a kind of addled reporting of facts and impressions... I gave the book 4 stars... it probably deserves 1 or 2.. it is a mess as a book... but, because the witness lived... I give it 4.
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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Blood and More Blood ! 5 de agosto de 2011
Por JAK - Publicado en
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I can sympathize with readers who were irritated or bored by this book. It wasn't the book they wanted.I think it's fair to assume they were looking for a narrative history and a more straightforward polemic.I'm sure Bowden could deliver that but the thing is he didn't want to.He let's you know that American policy is a catastrophe, the war on drugs lost,the Mexican establishment hopelessly corrupt and senses it 's not enough to say all this over and over again.Coherent narrative won't do it.We have a coherent narrative that's all about drug gangs fighting for turf, and while not totally incorrect, it's actually a small part of the story.What makes the book gruesomely exciting is Bowdens insistence that Mexico in general, and Juarez in particular ,have degenerated into a Hobbesian societies in which there is a war of all against all.An insane spiral of violence has gripped the city and it feeds on itself.Oh there is a kind of rationality to it.People want money, power, sex, drugs, possibly rock and roll but it's the kind of rationality that will make you think kindly of R.D.Laing or Aldous Huxley in his Island phase. In another words if this is sanity , it's only the insane who have it right.

So what Bowden gives you is a series of disjointed, gruesome horrors.Your narrative will not work .First get the picture. So your are given murder after murder, rape after rape.At first it is grimly fascinating .Gradually it gets boring and numbing.I suspect that is what Bowden goes through in researching and writing about this.I give him a lot of credit for his potentially alienating relentlessness.It's called for.Yes , the book drags at times but it succeeds in what it's is. This is an "artsy" book in stylistic terms but it is most assuredly not art for arts sake.It is a book that is a scream.Bowden doesn't strike me as an especially genial fellow.(although he does laugh a fair amount in radio interviews but those are the kind of laughs death might deliver in THE SEVENTH SEAL).He wants you to stop kidding yourself about certain aspects of contemporary reality and he is persuasive to a considerable degree.Even if you disagree with him on any number of things , which I do , I can't imagine after reading this book you could walk away and say, why let's poor a few billion more into the Mexican police and military. That will really straighten things out!
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