Contributing writer Charles Bowden ("We Bring Fear") wrote this story to save reporter Emilio Gutiérrez Soto’s life. Eros Hoagland has been documenting Mexico’s drug wars and border clashes since 2005. Sarah Wilson’s photography frequently appears in Texas Monthly.
Our package on the War on Drugs also features National Book Award winner William T. Vollmann, whose piece on narcocorridos is adapted from his forthcoming book, Imperial. We assigned MoJo political blogger Kevin Drum to weigh the pros and cons of legalization ("The Patriot’s Guide to Legalization") because he’s never inhaled. (Seriously.) Rolling Stone‘s Ben Wallace-Wells unearths the secret history of the drug war ("Six Ways of Looking at the Drug War"); former 60 Minutes producer Frank Koughan, now based in Mexico, reports on the $1.4 billion US taxpayers are spending to fight drugs south of the border ("US-Trained Death Squads?"); and Center for Investigative Reporting’s Andrew Becker trails corruption in the border patrol ("Crossing the Line").
Writer Amy Benfer ("And the Rand Played On") tends her (non-Galtian) garden in Brooklyn. Illustrator Thomas Fuchs’ book, GOP 100—Deconstructing Dumbo, offers 100 variations on the Republican logo.