The Fight to Save Juárez: Life in the Heart of Mexicos Drug War

Hardcover | April 1, 2013

byRicardo C. Ainslie

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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.

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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 ci...

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 An...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9.3 × 6.38 × 1.1 inPublished:April 1, 2013Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsPrologue1. Christmas in Juárez2. The Saulo Reyes Affair3. A Meeting in Chihuahua4. The Strategist5. Public Relations6. Patiño7. La Cima8. The Mistress9. The General10. Twenty-Five Hundred Soldiers11. La Línea12. The Human Rights Activist13. Román14. The Pajama Chief15. The Journos16. Forty-Eight Hours17. Martial Law Undeclared18. Civics Lessons19. The Other War20. Addicts21. Los NiNi22. The Eagle’s Hill23. Villas de Salvárcar24. All the President’s Men25. The Visit26. Cibeles27. No Accidents28. The Federal Police29. The ElectionEpilogueList of InterviewsIndex

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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