By Oscar Martinez
El Salvador and Honduras have had the top murder charges on the planet over the last ten years, with Guatemala shut at the back of. on a daily basis greater than 1,000 people—men, girls, and children—flee those 3 international locations for North the US. Óscar Martínez, writer of The Beast, named the most effective books of the yr via the Economist, Mother Jones, and the Financial Times, fleshes out those stark figures with actual tales, generating a jarringly attractive and immersive account of existence in lethal locations.
Martínez travels to Nicaraguan fishing cities, southern Mexican brothels the place critical American girls are trafficked, remoted Guatemalan jungle villages, and crime-ridden Salvadoran slums. along with his specified and empathetic reporting, he explores the underbelly of those bothered locations. He is going undercover to drink with narcos, accompanies police patrols, rides in trafficking boats and hides out with a gang informer. the result's an unforgettable portrait of a quarter of worry and a refined research of the North American roots and succeed in of the predicament, aiding to give an explanation for why this historical past of violence may still topic to all of us.
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A History of Violence: Living and Dying in Central America by Oscar Martinez