2014-15 Books & Articles

More citations forthcoming! 🙂

Díaz, George. Border Contraband: A History of Smuggling Across the Rio Grande. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2015.

Foley, Neil. Mexicans in the Making of America. Cambridge and London: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2015.

Henderson, Brett. Border Medicine: A Transcultural History of Mexican American Curanderismo. New York: NYU Press, 2015.

Martin, Desirée A. Borderlands Saints: Secular Sanctity in Chicana/o and Mexican Culture. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2014.

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    May I call the attention of members of the list to a book I’ve just co-authored with the Mexican writer Carmen Boullosa entitled A Narco History: How the United States and Mexico Jointly Created the “Mexican Drug War.” It is very much in the border studies domain.

    Professor Sergio Aguayo of El Colegio de Mexico (and currently Visiting Professor at Harvard), was kind enough to say: “It is a mistake to finger point either Mexico or the US for the flood of drugs, weapons and violence in the region. In A Narcohistory they present us with a well-written chronicle of interconnected events that blur borders and cultures. A splendid introduction to a tragic, complex and fascinating binational drama.”

    Publishers Weekly says: “Mexican novelist Boullosa and Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Wallace analyze Mexico’s unending and increasingly violent conflicts over the production, transport, and sale of illegal drugs. They begin in September 2014 with the wrenching tale of 43 students from a rural teacher-training college. After the students crossed local authorities who were intimately connected to major drug cartels, they were abducted and murdered. The authors emphasize the importance of the U.S. in these conflicts, and their goal is to help American readers understand the century-long history of which the murder of the students was the “sanguinary dénouement.” , , , Boullosa and Wallace make a convincing case that the roots of the current crisis stretch back to the aftermath of the Mexican Revolution, and that Americans’ seemingly infinite appetite for narcotics, particularly cocaine, allowed south-of-the-border cartels to gain immense wealth and power even as the U.S. declared a “war on drugs” under Ronald Reagan. . . . a meticulously researched and lucidly organizedoverview of a topic that is of great significance in contemporary debates in American foreign policy and law enforcement.”

    For more information, please see: http://www.orbooks.com/catalog/narco-history/

    We would be very interested to hear what members think of it.

    Mike Wallace, Distinguished Professor of History, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, co-author of Pulitzer Prize winning Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 (Oxford University Press).

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