January 19: Drug Dollars, Killing Fields and the New Politics of Latin America
Gangster Warlords – Wiseguy Speaker Series and book signing with Ioan Grillo.
Ioan Grillo, a veteran Latin American journalist and author of the critically-acclaimed El Narco: Inside Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency, is coming to The Mob Museum to speak about his book Gangster Warlords: Drug Dollars, Killing Fields and the New Politics of Latin America.
A fascinating investigation into the crime wars that have led to a massive humanitarian crisis in Latin America and the Caribbean since the Cold War ended, Gangster Warlords offers a new understanding, based on courageous first-person reporting, of how U.S. policies have led to the rise of a new kind of criminal kingpin, one that’s infinitely more dangerous than any the world has seen before.
Who is this modern criminal mastermind? Based on his unique access to the innermost circles of Latin America’s most notorious cartels, Grillo will provide insight into these hybrid CEOs, terrorists and rock stars that command guerilla attacks, strong-arm governments, and are taking over much of the world’s trade in narcotics, guns and humans.
Ioan Grillo is a journalist and writer based in Mexico City. A native of Brighton, England, Grillo has been covering Latin America, with an emphasis on drug cartels, since 2001. His work has appeared Time Magazine, The New York Times, The Sunday Telegraph, The Guardian, The Associated Press, and The Houston Chronicle, along with being featured on CNN, the CBC and many others.
His fascination with the grisly and lucrative world of the drug cartels led to his first book, El Narco: Inside Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency. Besides reporting on drug-trafficking empires, he has reported on a number of other issues crucial to Latin America and the Caribbean, including natural disasters, political conflicts, coups, mass emigration north and music.