Trying to make it the enterprises, gangs, and people of the American drug trade

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Trying to Make It is R. V. Gundur's journey from the US-Mexico border to America's heartland, from America's prisons to its streets, in search of the true story of the drug trade and the people who participate in it. The book begins in the Paso del Norte area, encompassing the sister cities of Ciudad Juárez and El Paso, which has been in the public eye as calls for securing the border persist. From there, it moves on to Phoenix, which was infamously associated with the drug trade through a series of kidnappings. Finally, the book goes on to Chicago, which has been a lightning rod of criticism for its gangs and violence.

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Christian Bolden

Robert Hunter Distinguished Professor and Associate Professor

Guadalupe Correa Cabrera

Professor in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. Areas of expertise: Mexico-US relations, organized crime, immigration, border security, social movements and human trafficking. Past President of the Association for Borderlands Studies (ABS). Co-editor of the International Studies Perspectives journal (ISP, Oxford University Press).

R. V. Gundur

Senior Lecturer, Flinders University

Tim Lauger

Associate Professor

Rebecca Wickes

Professor, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice


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