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Study Up For ‘Think’: The Price of America’s Drug War in Mexico

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A soldier patrols the road at a military checkpoint in Mexico.

The war in Mexico between the state and the drug cartels has claimed over 60,000 lives since 2006.

At noon today on Think, author Michael Deibert will discuss his new book In The Shadow of Saint Death: The Gulf Cartel and The Price of America’s Drug War In Mexico.

Kidnappings, firefights and mass killings have engulfed the country in a seemingly unending state of fear and uncertainty for the country’s future which in turn has created a sense of unease here in the U.S.


In his book, Deibert goes into detail about Mexico’s two largest drug trafficking organizations: the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas and the fatal incidents that have created the dangerous climate for the lives of people living just across the border.


In the decades-long crisis, the cartels have been entangled in a power struggle and have infiltrated both the police and government posts. Last fall, when the Zeta’s leader Miguel Angel Trevino Moralez was arrested by the Mexican Marines, Deibert wrote an article about how his capture did not mean the end to the drug war.


Deibert focuses his work on the struggle of economically disadvantaged people. He’s also written The Democratic Republic of Congo: Between Hope and Despair and Notes from the Last Testament: The Struggle for Haiti. Learn more about his new book and the latest from Deibert on his blog.


Listen to Think at noon and 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday on KERA 90.1 or stream live.