Reviews

  • With the skills of a fine historian and the verve of a true storyteller Benjamin T. Smith unearths the twisted roots of the catastrophic drug war. A fascinating, surreal and tragic tale.

    Ioan Grillo, author of El Narco and Blood Gun Money
  • A compelling narrative that at last gives us a history-for-all of Mexico's all-out drug war

    Ed Vulliamy, author of Amexica: War Along the Borderline
  • A roiling, rambunctious trek through all that created the modern Mexican drug trade ... Really great stuff, really great reading.

    Sam Quinones, author of Dreamland
  • The Dope offers an expansive and compulsively readable popular history that successfully upends more than a century of false rhetoric, shattering the most insidious and persistent myths about Mexico's drug trade ... A vital corrective.

    Francisco Cantú, author of The Line Becomes a River
  • At last, a history that truly makes sense of the sound and fury of the Mexican drug trade

    Héctor Aguilar Camín

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