Book Discussion: Midnight in Mexico
Tuesday April 22, 2014
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
The Chase Center
In the last six years, more than eighty thousand people have been killed in the Mexican drug war, and drug trafficking there is a multibillion-dollar business. In a country where the powerful are rarely scrutinized, noted Mexican American journalist Alfredo Corchado refuses to shrink from reporting on government corruption, murders in Juarez, or the ruthless drug cartels of Mexico. A paramilitary group spun off from the Gulf cartel, the Zetas, controls key drug routes in the north of the country. In 2007, Corchado received a tip that he could be their next target—and he had twenty four hours to find out if the threat was true.
The work Corchado lives for could have killed him, but he wasn't ready to leave Mexico—not then, maybe never.
Midnight in Mexico is the story of one man’s quest to report the truth of his country—as he raced to save his own life.
"Gripping… more than just a tale about a reporter and his prey…his appreciation of [Mexico] infuses his journalism with passion and conviction."
"Electrifying… the portrait that Corchado paints is all the more heartrending for Mexico's extraordinary promise... Security and the drug war that are Mexico's biggest worries… watching Corchado struggle in the crucible, trying to do the right thing by his two homelands, one can't help being reminded… the dawn that will follow this 'midnight in Mexico' will come only if we take some of the responsibility. The health of this neighbor is integral to our own."
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