War Along the Borderline
By Ed Vulliamy
Picador USA, Paperback, 9780312610616, 405pp.
Publication Date: September 27, 2011
With a New Afterword
In 2009, Ed Vulliamy traveled two thousand miles along the frontier from the Pacific coast to the Gulf of Mexico, and from Tijuana to Matamoros, a journey through a kaleidoscopic landscape of corruption and all-out civil war. He describes in revelatory detail the dreaded narco gangs; the smuggling of people, weapons, and illegal drugs; and the interrelated economies of drugs and the ruthless, systematic murder of young women in Ciudad Juarez. "Amexica" takes us far beyond today's headlines. It is a street-level portrait, by turns horrific and sublime, of a place and people in a time of war as much as of the war itself, "an impressively rendered, nightmare-inducing account" ("Kirkus Reviews," Top 25 Books of 2010).
“Vulliamy, with a mix of irony and pathos, writes like a latter-day Graham Greene. . . . Like all good travel writing, Amexica is vivid, colorful, and exotic, filled with striking vignettes and larger-than-life characters.” —Tamar Jacoby, The New York Times Book Review
“Extraordinary.” —Vanity Fair
“An engrossing travelogue . . . a vivid, disturbing dispatch from a very wild frontier.” —Publishers Weekly
“Vulliamy paints a terrifying and authoritative portrait of violence.” —David Reiff, The Wall Street Journal
“An absorbing odyssey . . . Vulliamy’s reporting is faultlessly brave. . . . The scenery and characters he meets are brought alive with vividness and intensity.” —Alex Spillius, The Telegraph (UK)
“The author writes lyrically, with the enticing rhythm of his sentences contrasting jarringly with the degradation of humanity found on nearly every page . . . Most of the narrative feels fresh because it is based so heavily on Vulliamy’s own wanderings . . . An impressively rendered, nightmare-inducing account.” —Kirkus Reviews“Previously, to understand the ruthlessness, ambition and impact of today’s global criminals, you needed to read Roberto Saviano’s Gomorrah and Misha Glenny’s McMafia. Now, you also need to read Vulliamy’s Amexica.” —Brian Schofield, The Times (UK)