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By Anabel Hernández

Foreword by Roberto Saviano




“The most remarkable feature of Anabel Hernández’s brave and invaluable account of Mexico’s blood-drenched drug wars is that she survived long enough to write it… There could be no greater shame for Mexico should such a fearless and dedicated reporter come to any harm” – The Sunday Times

“Narcoland, with its explosive descriptions of decades of corruption permeating the upper echelons of government, leaves an extremely bad taste in the reader’s mouth about the state of Mexico’s perennially corrupt institutions… a searing indictment of a war on drugs she believes was a sham from the start” — Financial Times

The product of five years’ investigative reporting, the subject of intense national controversy, and the source of death threats that forced the National Human Rights Commission to assign two full-time bodyguards to its author, Anabel Hernández, Narcoland has been a publishing and political sensation in Mexico. 

The definitive history of the drug cartels, Narcoland takes readers to the front lines of the “war on drugs,” which has so far cost more than 60,000 lives in just six years. Hernández explains in riveting detail how Mexico became a base for the mega-cartels of Latin America and one of the most violent places on the planet. At every turn, Hernández names names — not just the narcos, but also the politicians, functionaries, judges and entrepreneurs who have collaborated with them. In doing so, she reveals the mind-boggling depth of corruption in Mexico’s government and business elite. 

In awarding Hernández the 2012 Golden Pen of Freedom, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers noted, “Mexico has become one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists, with violence and impunity remaining major challenges in terms of press freedom. In making this award, we recognize the strong stance Ms. Hernández has taken, at great personal risk, against drug cartels.”

‘Mexico’s war on drugs is one big lie’ – read Ed Vulliamy’s feature on Narcoland in the Observer here:

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Watch Anabel Hernández on Democracy Now!


Anabel Hernández is one of Mexico’s leading investigative journalists. She has worked on national dailies including Reforma, Milenio, El Universal and its investigative supplement La Revista. Her previous books include La familia presidencial, Fin de fiesta en los pinos, and Los cómplices del presidente.


“Narcoland describes a disastrous ‘war on drugs’ that has led to more than 80,000 deaths in half a dozen years. This is a book that exposes how everything in Mexico is implicated in the ‘narco system.’”– Roberto Saviano, author of Gomorrah

“Jaw-dropping reading” – The Independent

“An ambitious and daring sketch of the political nexus that ensures the Mexican system of narcotics delivery to the U.S.”– Los Angeles Times

“While many Mexican politicians and officials merely pretend to fight the drugs producers, Anabel Hernández has taken a genuine stand in favour of the rule of law and decency in her society. [Narcoland] is in itself an important statement. She deserves our respect and admiration for making it.” – The Spectator

“Hernández’s investigation into corruption … traces the collusion of government, law enforcement, and military figures with the narcos back at least to the 1970s … Her book has sold over 170,000 copies in Mexico and she now lives protected by bodyguards.”– Enrique Krauze, The New York Review of Books

“Anabel Hernández exposes the most murderous drug organization in Mexico, the Mexican government. Of course, this level of corruption is only possible thanks to the moral and financial support of the leaders in Washington. Here’s the story the media never has the time to tell you.”– Charles Bowden, author of Murder City: Ciudad Juárez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields

“An in-depth, unforgiving look at the deep-rooted corruption that has allowed the cartels to flourish… [A] thought-provoking portrait of the crime and corruption that dominates our southerly neighbor.” – Publishers Weekly

“Rigorous, disturbing narrative of how drug cartels infiltrated Mexican society’s highest levels … Essential reading for a serious understanding of how the war on drugs is destroying the social fabric of South American nations.” – Kirkus Reviews


Hardback Original / ISBN: 9781781680735  / $26.95 / £16.99 / $31.00CAN / 304 pages

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