God's Middle Finger Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre

ISBN-10: 1416534407
ISBN-13: 9781416534402
Edition: 2008
Authors: Richard Grant
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 3/4/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

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 Fingerbrings to vivid life a truly unique and uncharted world.

Prologue
Boiled Vultures
Dead Soldiers
Bad Man in a Dress
Sleeping with Lions
Intrepid Norwegian
For Their Health
Lofty's Gold
Blasting Parakeet with The Pelican
Hat Talk
A Girl Needs a Pistol
Bandit Country
The Secret Sex Lives of Narcotraficantes
The Liver Does Not Exist
God Is Drunk
Sons of Obscene Perpetrations
The Centaur of the North
Deliverance in Durango
Selected Bibliography
Index

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