The book was written with a Mexican audience in mind and culturally-specific idioms get lost in translation. There are other more substantial problems with the book. She also reflects glaring prejudices, such as her contempt for poorly educated people—especially drug lords.
This is a common bias, particularly of the urban middle classes in Mexico. Earlier this year El Chapo was captured and the Sinaloa cartel came under new management. These developments do not make the book any less useful; on the contrary, it is more relevant. Recent reports have shed new light on the involvement of the US government with Mexican drug cartels.
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While working in Mexico in the s, Camarena discovered that the CIA was working with Mexican drug cartels to arm and finance the contras. Another recent investigation by the Mexican newspaper El Universal revealed that the US government had an agreement to finance and arm the Sinaloa cartel in exchange for information used to take down its rivals.
On the contrary, both governments protect and use the cartels for their own purposes. However, Narcoland has really struck a cord in Mexico. As British journalist George Orwell once said, in a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
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