The Fight to Save Juárez: Life in the Heart of Mexico's Drug War by Ricardo C. AinslieThe Fight to Save Juárez: Life in the Heart of Mexico's Drug War by Ricardo C. Ainslie

The Fight to Save Juárez: Life in the Heart of Mexico's Drug War

byRicardo C. Ainslie

Hardcover | April 1, 2013

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The city of Juárez is ground zero for the drug war that is raging across Mexico and has claimed close to 60,000 lives since 2007. Almost a quarter of the federal forces that former President Felipe Calderón deployed in the war were sent to Juárez, and nearly 20 percent of the country's drug-related executions have taken place in the city, a city that can be as unforgiving as the hardest places on earth. It is here that the Mexican government came to turn the tide. Whatever happens in Juárez will have lasting repercussions for both Mexico and the United States.

Ricardo Ainslie went to Juárez to try to understand what was taking place behind the headlines of cartel executions and other acts of horrific brutality. In The Fight to Save Juárez, he takes us into the heart of Mexico's bloodiest city through the lives of four people who experienced the drug war from very different perspectives—Mayor José Reyes Ferriz, a mid-level cartel player's mistress, a human rights activist, and a photojournalist. Ainslie also interviewed top Mexican government strategists, including members of Calderón's security cabinet, as well as individuals within U.S. law enforcement. The dual perspective of life on the ground in the drug war and the "big picture" views of officials who are responsible for the war's strategy, creates a powerful, intimate portrait of an embattled city, its people, and the efforts to rescue Juárez from the abyss.

A native of Mexico City, Ricardo C. Ainslie is an award-winning psychologist-psychoanalyst who uses books, documentary films, and photographic exhibits to capture and depict subjects of social and cultural interest. His books include Long Dark Road: Bill King and Murder In Jasper, Texas; The Psychology of Twinship; and No Dancin’ in A...
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Title:The Fight to Save Juárez: Life in the Heart of Mexico's Drug WarFormat:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9.3 × 6.38 × 1.1 inPublished:April 1, 2013Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292738900

ISBN - 13:9780292738904

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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Prologue
  • 1. Christmas in Juárez
  • 2. The Saulo Reyes Affair
  • 3. A Meeting in Chihuahua
  • 4. The Strategist
  • 5. Public Relations
  • 6. Patiño
  • 7. La Cima
  • 8. The Mistress
  • 9. The General
  • 10. Twenty-Five Hundred Soldiers
  • 11. La Línea
  • 12. The Human Rights Activist
  • 13. Román
  • 14. The Pajama Chief
  • 15. The Journos
  • 16. Forty-Eight Hours
  • 17. Martial Law Undeclared
  • 18. Civics Lessons
  • 19. The Other War
  • 20. Addicts
  • 21. Los NiNi
  • 22. The Eagle’s Hill
  • 23. Villas de Salvárcar
  • 24. All the President’s Men
  • 25. The Visit
  • 26. Cibeles
  • 27. No Accidents
  • 28. The Federal Police
  • 29. The Election
  • Epilogue
  • List of Interviews
  • Index

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"Ricardo Ainslie’s The Fight to Save Juárez couldn’t be more timely. It is also of vital relevance: headlines of beheadings and massacres in Ciudad Juárez have captured the world’s attention, but Ainslie deftly goes deeper into the story and helps us understand what makes Ciudad Juárez tick. Through interviews with Mexican officials, citizens, and even some drug traffickers, Ainslie offers an insightful view into what has occurred in Ciudad Juárez as the drug war has devolved in the border city. The interviews are strong and intimacy with the characters ever apparent." - Malcolm Beith, author of The Last Narco: Inside the Hunt for El Chapo, The World’s Most-Wanted Drug Lord