The Last Narco: Hunting El Chapo, the World’s Most-wanted Drug Lord

Ben Ehrenreich writes:

On 15 September, the eve of Mexico’s bicentenary, President Felipe Calderón threw the country a \$3 billion birthday party. An hour before midnight, he took the tricoloured flag from his honour guard, stepped onto the balcony of the Palacio Nacional and delivered the traditional Independence Day grito: a long succession of vivas echoing those of the soon-to-be-martyred priest Miguel Hidalgo at the beginning of Mexico’s 11-year war with Spain in 1810. It was an impressive piece of stagecraft, but the most memorable part of the night was the fireworks show, the rockets bursting from behind the cathedral and filling the sky as if the city itself were in flames.

(LRB 21 October 2010)