Terry Poppa, author of Drug Lord (CPP 978-1-933693-85-9, October, 2010) was interviewed on NPR's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED this morning. The interview, by Jason Beaubein, was the last in a five-part series covering the never-ending and tragic drug war in Mexico. Cinco Puntos is publishing a new edition of this classic book which introduced the world (including the federal government) to Pablo Acosta and it's the first detailed account of the system of "la plaza" in Mexico's narco-trafficking. Indeed, as Poppa points out, the Mexican government was the administrator and gate-keeper for the illicit trade of drugs. Below the cover image is our catalog copy.
"The [drug smuggling] business goes on, the slaughtered dead pile up, the US agencies continue to ratchet up their budgets, the prisons grow larger and all the real rules of the game are in this book, some kind of masterpiece."—Charles Bowden, from the introduction
"Pablo Acosta was a living legend in his Mexican border town of Ojinaga. He smuggled tremendous amounts of drugs into the United States; he survived numerous attempts on his power—and his life—by rivals; and he blessed the town with charity and civic improvements. He was finally slain in 1987 during a raid by Mexican officials with the cooperation of US law enforcement. Poppa has turned out a detailed and exciting book, covering in depth Acosta's life; the other drug factions that battled with him; the village of Ojinaga; and the logistics of the drug operation. The result is a nonfiction account with enough greed, treachery, shoot-outs, and government corruption to fascinate true crime and crime fiction readers alike. Highly recommended."—Library Journal
Terrence E. Poppa, an award-winning journalist, was a finalist for a 1987 Pulitzer Prize for his investigations into the connection between crime and government in Mexico. He was featured in Standoff in Mexico, a PBS production about fraudulent elections in Mexico. Due to his unique insights into the world of Mexican drug trafficking, Poppa has been widely interviewed on radio and television, including Larry King Live and The O'Reilly Factor.