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God's Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre - Richard Grant
God's Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre
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Twenty miles south of the Arizona-Mexico border, the rugged, beautiful Sierra Madre mountains begin their dramatic ascent. Almost 900 miles long, the range climbs to nearly 11,000 feet and boasts several canyons deeper than the Grand Canyon. The rules of law and society have never taken hold in... show more
Twenty miles south of the Arizona-Mexico border, the rugged, beautiful Sierra Madre mountains begin their dramatic ascent. Almost 900 miles long, the range climbs to nearly 11,000 feet and boasts several canyons deeper than the Grand Canyon. The rules of law and society have never taken hold in the Sierra Madre, which is home to bandits, drug smugglers, Mormons, cave-dwelling Tarahumara Indians, opium farmers, cowboys, and other assorted outcasts. Outsiders are not welcome; drugs are the primary source of income; murder is all but a regional pastime. The Mexican army occasionally goes in to burn marijuana and opium crops -- the modern treasure of the Sierra Madre -- but otherwise the government stays away. In its stead are the drug lords, who have made it one of the biggest drug-producing areas in the world. Fifteen years ago, journalist Richard Grant developed what he calls "an unfortunate fascination" with this lawless place. Locals warned that he would meet his death there, but he didn't believe them -- until his last trip. During his travels Grant visited a folk healer for his insomnia and was prescribed rattlesnake pills, attended bizarre religious rituals, consorted with cocaine-snorting policemen, taught English to Guarijio Indians, and dug for buried treasure. On his last visit, his reckless adventure spiraled into his own personal heart of darkness when cocaine-fueled Mexican hillbillies hunted him through the woods all night, bent on killing him for sport. With gorgeous detail, fascinating insight, and an undercurrent of dark humor, God's Middle Finger brings to vivid life a truly unique and uncharted world.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781416534402 (1416534407)
ASIN: 1416534407
Publisher: Free Press
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
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Marvin's Bookish Blog
Marvin's Bookish Blog rated it
4.0
It is a little sobering to realize that one of the most dangerous places on earth is only 250 miles from where I live. The Sierra Madres is a place of legends and nightmares. Richard Grant enters the mountains feet first and brain last yet survives to tell the story. One of the most harrowing advent...
The Drift Of Things
The Drift Of Things rated it
3.0
December 31, 2011 My recent reading about the border reminded me of this book, which tells about what happens in Mexico long before the drugs get anywhere near the border.The author had a fascination with the lawless and very dangerous Sierra Madre region of northern Mexico. This area is ruled by c...
futurista
futurista rated it
5.0 God's Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre
I have to admit that I knew nothing about the Sierra Madre before I started reading this book. And now that I've finished, I understand more about the reasons behind why many Mexicans flee to the USA. The author of this book is a writer from London who charmed his way through the Sierra Madre in ord...
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