Book Recommendations October 2017

So recently an exec at a large company we all know well asked me for book recommendations….then asked for more…so here’s a list!  I’ll try to do it regularly

Krakatoa, by Simon Winchester

Mother Nature is a bitch, and when she imposes herself give her some space.  In 1883, a Volcano exploded in current day Indonesia with such force the sonic boom traveled around the world no less than 8 times.  The explosion was heard 3,000 miles away (imagine someone telling you in San Francisco that they heard an explosion in New York, you’d call em crazy.)  With a historic narrative that gives some backdrop to the Dutch West Indies, Mr. Winchester builds and describes the climax with such detail it would be hard for any other medium to duplicate.  Absolutely engrossing and enlightening about the geological processes upon which our very existence is afforded.

At The Devil’s Table, by William C. Rempel

If you want to ignore your family and be consumed with a story of the collapse of a cartel, look no further than At the Devil’s Table.  Engrossing and from the view of an insider, the narrative gives unprecedented insight into the day to day operations of Cartel operations.  Addictive.


Narconomics, by Tom Wainright

Do you like economics and wish there was a book exploring the economic model of the cartel industry?  Narconomics is an economic book first, and breaking down each segment of the cartel business unveils a multinational global business not unlike other large corporations. (outside of the product and the killing, of course.)  Mr. Wainright not only gives credence to the business focus of these organizations, but how the US and other opponents should use the economic understanding to help minimize their reach and impact.

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Down by the River, by Charles Bowden

Anyone harboring dreams of the beautiful city of Ciudad de Juarez in Mexico should read this book first.   In reality the place is a nightmare, with over 10 homicides a day!  Covering the impact of the drug trade on the border towns of the US, Charles Bowden places his journalistic scope on the shitty Mexican outpost on the other side of El Paso where the opportunity of controlling billions of dollars in trade impacts everyone.  Understand more about how drug cartels focus their trade and be thankful for where you currently live by being horrified reading the conditions some humans are willing to accept.



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