In the Shadow of Saint Death

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Lyons Shadow ofPraise for Michael Deibert’s previous work:

Notes From the Last Testament: The Struggle for Haiti

“A compelling mix of reportage, memoir, social criticism…Deibert masterfully recounts…wild swings in the republic’s political compass.”
— The San Antonio Express-News

“A powerfully documented exposé.” — The Miami Herald

The Democratic Republic of Congo: Between Hope and Despair

“In this remarkable tour de force of reporting, analysis, historical inquiry, and personal experience, Michael Deibert delivers the story of Congo’s bloody recent history in unflinching, often bitingly acerbic prose, setting forth in the clearest terms the causes, perpetrators, and disastrous effects of the seemingly endless Congo wars.” -Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, winner of the National Book Critics’ Circle Award and finalist for National Book Award

“A valuable, angry account of Congo’s difficulties” – The Guardian

“Mandatory reading for anyone interested in building lasting peace in the heart of Africa.” – The Institute of Development Studies

“A comprehensive first-rate account of the tragedy of Congo…Riveting and brutally honest.” – The Free Africa Foundation

Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press, is proud to announce the June 3, 2014, release of IN THE SHADOW OF SAINT DEATH: The Gulf Cartel and the Price of America’s Drug War in Mexicoby Michael Deibert (978-0-7627-9125-5; $24.95 hardcover).

With the war between the Mexican state and the drug traffickers operating within its borders having claimed over 70,000 lives since 2006, noted journalist and author Michael Deibert zeroes in on the story of the Gulf Cartel drug trafficking organization, their deadly war with their former allies Los Zetas, the cartels’ connections in Mexican politics and what its trajectory means for Mexico’s–and America’s–future.

Punctuated by the disappearance of busloads of full of people from Mexican highways, heavy-weapon firefights in once-picturesque colonial towns and the discovery of mass graves, nowhere has the violence of Mexico’s drug war been more intense than directly across the border from East Texas, the scene of a scorched-earth war between two of Mexico’s largest drug trafficking organizations: The Gulf Cartel, a criminal body with roots stretching back to Prohibition, and Los Zetas, a group famous for their savagery and largely made up of deserters form Mexico’s armed forces. From the valleys and sierras of rural Tamaulipas and Nuevo León to the economic hub of Monterrey, the violence rivals anything seen in the more well-known narco war in Ciudad Juárez, 830 miles to the west.

Combining dozens of interviews that the author has conducted over the last five years in Mexico and other countries in the region along with a vast reserve of secondary source material, In the Shadow of Saint Death gives U.S. readers the story of the war being waged along our border in the voices of the cartel hitmen, law enforcement officials, politicians, truckers, shopkeepers, teachers and children living inside of it year-round. Through their stories, the book will pose provocative questions about the direction and consequence of U.S. drug policy and the militarized approach to combating the narcotics trade on both sides of the border.

Michael Deibert’s writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Miami Herald, Le Monde diplomatique, Folha de São Paulo, World Policy Journal, and The Huffington Post, among other venues. He has been a featured commentator on international affairs on the BBC, Al Jazeera, Channel 4, National Public Radio, WNYC New York Public Radio, and KPFK Pacifica Radio. In 2012, he was awarded a grant from the International Peace Research Association, and in 2008 he was selected as a finalist for the Kurt Schork Award in International Journalism, sponsored by the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, both in recognition of his work in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He is the previous author of The Democratic Republic of Congo: Between Hope and Despair (Zed Books, 2013),  published in cooperation with the Royal African Society, the International African Institute and the World Peace Foundation, and Notes from the Last Testament: The Struggle for Haiti (Seven Stories Press, 2005).

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