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Jericho (Hardcover): Charles Bowden Jericho (Hardcover)
Charles Bowden; Foreword by Charles D'Ambrosio
R585 R467 Discovery Miles 4 670 Save R118 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

When Charles Bowden died in 2014, he left behind an archive of unpublished manuscripts. Jericho marks the fifth installment in his venerable "Unnatural History of America" sextet. In it he invokes the cycles of destruction and rebirth that have defined the ancient biblical city over millennia. From the ruins of Jericho's walls Bowden reflects on the continuum of war and violence-the many conquests of the Americas; the US-Mexican War; the Vietnam War; and the ongoing militarization of our southern border-to argue against the false promise of security that is offered when men "build that wall." Walls-both real and imagined-will always come tumbling down. Along the way, Bowden tells stories of loss and violence, like that of David Hartley, who mysteriously vanishes on Falcon Lake; of murdered drug runners and their cartel bosses; and of a haunted sicario, or hitman, who is running from his past and compulsively confesses his sins as he searches for an absolution that will never come. Set against these scenes of trauma and violence are Bowden's gorgeous meditations on nature: dancing cranes, soaring eagles, winding paths that traverse mountains, lakes, and deserts. And threaded throughout are the heroic narratives of men like Martin Luther King Jr., who defied the boundaries that surrounded him and was able to reshape the arc of history. Jericho is a remarkable affirmation of our shared humanity and a timely rejection of violence and nationalism by one of our most prophetic writers working at the height of his powers.

Mezcal (Paperback): Charles Bowden Mezcal (Paperback)
Charles Bowden
R414 R334 Discovery Miles 3 340 Save R80 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Praise for Mezcal: "Mezcal is also a lyrical meditation upon the ultimate strength of the land, specifically the desert Southwest, and how that land prevails and endures despite every effort of modern industry and development to rape and savage it in the name of progress. Mezcal lingers in the mind as only the very best books manage to do."-Harry Crews "The author . . . excavates his own tormented life-and its relation to the land he loves-in a series of powerful, imagistic autobiographical essays. Like the desert he cherishes, this memoir is harsh yet lovely, full of sour self-truth. . . . A potent presentation of the wounds of one man's life, packed with indelible impressions; but there's little healing here, making this a bitter if beautiful read."-Kirkus Review "In Mezcal . . . Bowden drops the journalistic veil, exploring the ecology of his interior landscape at least as thoroughly as the changing scenery that surrounds him. . . . Others-Aldo Leopold, Edward Abbey-have already staked inviolate claims on the Southwestern deserts. But Bowden owns the complex terrain where, like a mezcal-inspired mirage, the Sonoran sun-belt overlaps the gray convolutions of the American mind."-Los Angeles Times

El Sicario - The Autobiography of a Mexican Assassin (Paperback): Charles Bowden, Molly Molloy El Sicario - The Autobiography of a Mexican Assassin (Paperback)
Charles Bowden, Molly Molloy; Edited by Charles Bowden, Molly Molloy
R393 R317 Discovery Miles 3 170 Save R76 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In this unprecedented and chilling monologue, a repentant Mexican hitman tells the unvarnished truth about the war on drugs on the American. El Sicario is the hidden face of America's war on drugs. He is a contract killer who functioned as a commandante in the Chihuahuan State police, who was trained in the US by the FBI, and who for twenty years kidnapped, tortured and murdered people for the drug industry at the behest of Mexican drug cartels. He is a hit man who came off the killing fields alive. He left the business and turned to Christ. And then he decided to tell the story of his life and work. Charles Bowden first encountered El Sicario while reporting for the book "Murder City." As trust between the two men developed, Bowden bore witness to the Sicario's unfolding confession, and decided to tell his story. The well-spoken man that emerges from the pages of "El Sicario" is one who has been groomed by poverty and driven by a refusal to be one more statistic in the failure of Mexico. He is not boastful, he claims no major standing in organized crime. But he can explain in detail not only torture and murder, but how power is distributed and used in the arrangement between the public Mexican state and law enforcement on the ground - where terror and slaughter are simply tools in implementing policy for both the police and the cartels. And he is not an outlaw or a rebel. He is the state. When he headed the state police anti-kidnapping squad in Juarez, he was also running a kidnapping ring in Juarez. When he was killing people for money in Juarez, he was sharpening his marksmanship at the Federal Police range. Now he lives in the United States as a fugitive. One cartel has a quarter million dollar contract on his head. Another cartel is trying to recruit him. He speaks as a free man and of his own free will - there are no charges against him. He is a lonely voice - no one with his background has ever come forward and talked. He is the future - there are thousands of men like him in Mexico and there will be more in other places. He is the truth no one wants to hear.

Red Line (Paperback): Charles Bowden Red Line (Paperback)
Charles Bowden; Foreword by James Galvin
R417 R361 Discovery Miles 3 610 Save R56 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"At its best, Red Line can read like an original synthesis of Peter Matthiessen and William Burroughs . . . a brave and interesting book." -David Rieff, Los Angeles Times Book Review "Charles Bowden's Red Line is a look at America through the window of the southwest. His vision is as nasty, peculiar, brutal, as it is intriguing and, perhaps, accurate. Bowden offers consciousness rather than consolation, but in order to do anything about our nightmares we must take a cold look and Red Line casts the coldest eye in recent memory." -Jim Harrison

Dakotah - The Return of the Future (Hardcover): Charles Bowden Dakotah - The Return of the Future (Hardcover)
Charles Bowden; Foreword by Terry Tempest Williams
R580 R462 Discovery Miles 4 620 Save R118 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"On a bend, I will see it, a piece of ground off to the side. I will know the feel of this place: the leaves stir slowly on the trees, dry air smells like dust, birds dart and the trails are made by beasts living free." When award-winning author Charles Bowden died in 2014, he left behind a trove of unpublished manuscripts. Dakotah marks the landmark publication of the first of these texts, and the fourth installment in his acclaimed "Unnatural History of America." Bowden uses America's Great Plains as a lens-sometimes sullied, sometimes shattered, but always sharp-for observing pivotal moments in the lives of anguished figures, including himself. In scenes that are by turns wrenching and poetic, Bowden describes the Sioux's forced migrations and rebellions alongside his own ancestors' migrations from Europe to Midwestern acres beset by unforgiving winters. He meditates on the lives of his resourceful mother and his philosophical father, who rambled between farm communities and city life. Interspersed with these images are clear-eyed, textbook-defying anecdotes about Lewis and Clark, Daniel Boone, and, with equal verve, twentieth-century entertainers "Pee Wee" Russell, Peggy Lee, and other musicians. The result is a kaleidoscopic journey that penetrates the senses and redefines the notion of heartland. Dakotah is a powerful ode to loss from one of our most fiercely independent writers.

Frog Mountain Blues (Paperback): Charles Bowden Frog Mountain Blues (Paperback)
Charles Bowden; Photographs by Jack W. Dykinga; Foreword by Alison Hawthorne Deming
R463 R428 Discovery Miles 4 280 Save R35 (8%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson-whose summit is called Frog Mountain by the Tohono O'odham-offers up to the citizens of the basins below a wilderness in their own backyard. When it was first published in 1987, Frog Mountain Blues documented the creeping sprawl of new development up the Catalinas' foothills. Today, that development is fully visible, but Charles Bowden's prescience of the urgency to preserve and protect a sacred recreational space remains as vivid as ever. Accompanied by Jack W. Dykinga's photographs from the original work, this book continues to convey the natural beauty of the Catalinas and warns readers that this unique wilderness could easily be lost. As Alison Hawthorne Deming writes in the new foreword, ""Frog Mountain Blues continues to be an important book for learning to read this place through the eyes of experience and history, and Bowden remains a sobering voice for facing our failures in protecting what we love in this time of global destruction, for taking seriously the power of language to set ourselves right again with the enormous task of living with purpose and presence and care on the land.

A Shadow in the City - Confessions of an Undercover Drug Warrior (Paperback): Charles Bowden A Shadow in the City - Confessions of an Undercover Drug Warrior (Paperback)
Charles Bowden
R465 R399 Discovery Miles 3 990 Save R66 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Joey O'Shay is not the real name of the narcotics agent in an unnamed city in the center of the country. But Joey O'Shay exists. The nearly three hundred drug busts he has orchestrated over more than two decades are real, too; if the drug war were a declared war, O'Shay would have a Silver Star.
With nerves and mastery worthy of his subject, Charles Bowden follows O'Shay as he sets in motion his latest conquest, a $50 million heroin deal that originates in Colombia and has federal agents sitting at attention from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., to New York City. As it unfolds, O'Shay reveals the unerring instinct and ceaseless vigilance that have led him through minefields and brought down kingpins. But now they have led him to a place where it isn't so clear who the heroes are or what the fight has been for. And still the warrior fights on, in a murky and unforgiving landscape readers will not be able to forget.

Blue Desert (Paperback): Charles Bowden Blue Desert (Paperback)
Charles Bowden; Foreword by Francisco Cantu
R461 R373 Discovery Miles 3 730 Save R88 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Published in 1986, Blue Desert was Charles Bowden's third book-length work and takes place almost entirely in Arizona, revealing Bowden's growing and intense preoccupation with the state and what it represented as a symbol of America's ""New West."" Bowden presents a view of the Southwest that measures how rapid growth takes its toll on the land. Writing with a reporter's objectivity and a desert rat's passion, Bowden offers us his trademarked craft and wit to take us into the streets as well as the desert to depict not a fragile environment but the unavoidable reality of abuse, exploitation, and human cruelty. Blue Desert shows us the darker side of development-where ""the land always makes promises of aching beauty and the people always fail the land""-and defies us to ignore it. In a thoughtful new foreword, Francisco Cantu writes, ""In Blue Desert, we follow Bowden in the processes of becoming. We see the version of Bowden that he would likely most want us to remember-someone who did their best to be an honest witness, someone who was haunted by modernity and his place in it, someone who grappled with his demons by gazing deeply into the desert."" Blue Desert is a critical piece in the oeuvre of Charles Bowden, and it continues to remind readers of the cruelty and beauty of the world around us.

Blue Desert (Paperback): Charles Bowden Blue Desert (Paperback)
Charles Bowden
R460 R393 Discovery Miles 3 930 Save R67 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In the promised land of the Sunbelt, people come by the thousands to escape the crush of Eastern cities and end up duplicating the very world they have fled. Can the land remain unchanged? In Blue Desert, Charles Bowden presents a view of the Southwest that seeks to measure how rapid growth has taken its toll on the land. Writing with a reporter's objectivity and a desert rat's passion, Bowden takes us into the streets as well as the desert to depict not a fragile environment but the unavoidable reality of abuse, exploitation, and human cruelty. Blue Desert shows us the Sunbelt's darker side as it has developed in recent times-where "the land always makes promises of aching beauty and the people always fail the land"-and defies us to ignore it. Blue Desert has no boundaries, no terrain, no topographical coordinates; it is a state of mind inescapable to one who sees change and knows that nothing can be done to stop it.

Murder City - Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy's New Killing Fields (Paperback, First Trade Paper ed): Charles Bowden Murder City - Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy's New Killing Fields (Paperback, First Trade Paper ed)
Charles Bowden
R405 R331 Discovery Miles 3 310 Save R74 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Ciudad Juarez lies just across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas. A once-thriving border town, it now resembles a failed state. Infamously known as the place where women disappear, its murder rate exceeds that of Baghdad or Mogadishu.

In "Murder City," Charles Bowden has written an extraordinary account of what happens when a city disintegrates. Interweaving stories of its inhabitants--a raped beauty queen, a repentant hit man, a journalist fleeing for his life--with a broader meditation on the town's descent into anarchy, Bowden reveals how Juarez's culture of violence will not only worsen but inevitably spread north.

Blood Orchid - An Unnatural History of America (Paperback): Charles Bowden Blood Orchid - An Unnatural History of America (Paperback)
Charles Bowden; Foreword by William Langewiesche
R425 R370 Discovery Miles 3 700 Save R55 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Through stark observations and visceral experiences, Blood Orchid begins Charles Bowden's dizzying excavation of the brutal, systemic violence and corruption at the roots of American society. Like a nightmarish fever dream that turns out to be our own reality, Bowden visits dying friends in skid row apartments in Los Angeles, traverses San Francisco byways lined with clubs and joints, and roams through village bars and streets in the Sierra Madre mountains. In these wanderings resides a yearning for the understanding of past and present sins, the human penchant for warfare, abuse, and oppression, and the true war between humanity, the industrialized world, and the immense tolls of our shared land. Deeply personal, hauntingly prophetic, and bracingly sharp, the start to Bowden's harrowed quest to unearth our ugly truths remains strikingly poignant today.

The Charles Bowden Reader (Paperback): Charles Bowden The Charles Bowden Reader (Paperback)
Charles Bowden; Edited by Erin Almeranti, Mary Martha Miles; Foreword by Jim Harrison
R640 R522 Discovery Miles 5 220 Save R118 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"I will make bold to say that Bowden is America's most alarming writer. Just when you think you've heard it all you learn you haven't in the most pungent manner possible. . . . With The Charles Bowden Reader in hand you get a taste of it all, and any literate resident or visitor should want this book. It will lead them back to a close, alarming reading of the entire oeuvre. It is to ride in a Ferrari without brakes. There's lots of oxygen but no safe way to stop. . . . Read him at your risk. You have nothing to lose but your worthless convictions about how things are." -Jim Harrison, from the foreword From his first book, Killing the Hidden Waters, to his most recent, Murder City: Cuidad Juarez and the Global Economy's New Killing Fields, Charles Bowden has been sounding an alarm about the rapacious appetites of human beings and the devastation we inflict on the natural world we arrogantly claim to possess. His own corner of the world, the desert borderlands between the United States and Mexico, is Bowden's prime focus, and through books, magazine articles, and newspaper journalism he has written eloquently about key issues roiling the border-drug-related violence that is shredding civil society, illegal immigration and its toll on human lives and the environment, destruction of fragile ecosystems as cities sprawl across the desert and suck up the limited supplies of water. This anthology gathers the best and most representative writing from Charles Bowden's entire career. It includes excerpts from his major books-Killing the Hidden Waters, Blue Desert, Desierto: Memories of the Future, Blood Orchid, Blues for Cannibals, A Shadow in the City, Inferno, Exodus, and Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing-as well as articles that appeared in Esquire, Harper's, Mother Jones, and other publications. Imbued with Bowden's distinctive rhythm and lyrical prose, these pieces also document his journey of exploration-a journey guided, in large part, by the question posed in Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing: "How do we live a moral life in a culture of death?" This is no metaphor; Bowden is referring to the people, history, animals, and ecosystems that are being extinguished in the onslaught of twenty-first-century culture. The perfect introduction to his work, The Charles Bowden Reader is also essential for those who know him well and want to see the whole panorama of his passionate, intense writing.

The Sierra Pinacate (Hardcover): Julian D Hayden The Sierra Pinacate (Hardcover)
Julian D Hayden; Photographs by Jack W. Dykinga; Text written by Charles Bowden, Bernard L. Fontana
R809 R738 Discovery Miles 7 380 Save R71 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

South of the border, a spectacular range of ancient volcanoes rises from the desert floor just a few miles from the Sea of Cortez. Virtually untraveled, the Sierra Pinacate in northwestern Mexico beckons adventurers and scientists. Here, in words and pictures, is a remarkable introduction to this place of almost surreal beauty. Sometimes veiled in clouds or dust storms, the Pinacate have long been shrouded in mystery as well. From prehistoric times until today, people of Sonora have told tales of giants, men and animals, bottomless pits, endless tunnels, hostile Indians, smoking caverns, and ever-present dangers found in the Pinacate. This book takes readers deep into the heart of this fascinating area. Julian Hayden, who worked and traveled in the Pinacate for four decades, introduces the natural history, archaeology, geology, and human history of the area. Spectacular color photographs by Jack Dykinga capture the magic and the isolation of this stunning region. Hayden's text is presented in both English and Spanish. The Mexican government has already declared the Pinacate an officially protected biosphere reserve; still pending is its inclusion in the Man and the Biosphere program of the United Nations. More than a natural history, "The Sierra Pinacate" is an elegant appreciation of a place of wonder.

Trinity (Hardcover): Charles Bowden Trinity (Hardcover)
Charles Bowden; Photographs by Michael P Berman
R1,383 R1,056 Discovery Miles 10 560 Save R327 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Southwestern desert--that tumultuous "zone claimed by two nations, and controlled by no one"--is Charles Bowden's home and enduring passion. In acclaimed books ranging from A Shadow in the City: Confessions of an Undercover Drug Warrior and Down by the River: Drugs, Money, Murder, and Family to Inferno and Exodus/Exodo, Bowden has written eloquently about issues that plague the border region--the smuggling of drugs and people and the violence that accompanies it, the rape of the environment and the greed that drives it. Completing a trilogy that includes Inferno and Exodus/Exodo, Bowden looks back in Trinity across centuries of human history in the border region to offer his most encompassing and damning indictment of "the murder of the earth all around me."

Sparing no one, Bowden recounts how everyone who has laid claim to the Southwestern desert--Native Americans, Spain, Mexico, and the United States--has attempted to control and domesticate this ecologically fragile region, often with devastating consequences. He reserves special scorn for the U.S. government, whose attempts at control have provoked consequences ranging from the massive land grab of the Mexican War in the nineteenth century, to the nuclear fallout of the first atomic bomb test in the twentieth century, to the police state that is currently growing up around attempts to seal the border and fight terrorism. Providing a stunning visual counterpoint to Bowden's words, Michael Berman's photographs of the desert reveal both its harsh beauty and the scars it bears after centuries of human abuse.

Bowden's clearest warning yet about the perils facing the desert he calls home, Trinity confirms that, in his words, "the border] zone is a laboratory where the delusions of life--economic, religious, military, foreign policy, biological, and agricultural--can be tested. This time the edge is the center, this time the edge is the face of the future."

Blues for Cannibals - The Notes from Underground (Paperback): Charles Bowden Blues for Cannibals - The Notes from Underground (Paperback)
Charles Bowden; Foreword by Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
R431 R376 Discovery Miles 3 760 Save R55 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Cultivated from the fierce ideas seeded in Blood Orchid, Blues for Cannibals is an elegiac reflection on death, pain, and a wavering confidence in humanity's own abilities for self-preservation. After years of reporting on border violence, sex crimes, and the devastation of the land, Bowden struggles to make sense of the many ways in which we destroy ourselves and whether there is any way to survive. Here he confronts a murderer facing execution, sex offenders of the most heinous crimes, a suicidal artist, a prisoner obsessed with painting portraits of presidents, and other people and places that constitute our worst impulses and our worst truths. Painful, heartbreaking, and forewarning, Bowden at once tears us apart and yearns for us to find ourselves back together again.

Frog Mountain Blues (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Charles Bowden, Jack W. Dykinga Frog Mountain Blues (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Charles Bowden, Jack W. Dykinga
R551 R508 Discovery Miles 5 080 Save R43 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson--whose summit is called "Frog Mountain" by native Tohono O'odham people--offer citizens of a major metropolis a wilderness in their own backyard. Today recreational facilities dot the Catalinas' peaks, while housing developments creep up their foothills. Charles Bowden and Jack W. Dykinga here convey the natural beauty of the Catalinas and warn readers that this unique wilderness could easily be lost through easy access and overuse.

The Red Caddy - Into the Unknown with Edward Abbey (Hardcover): Charles Bowden The Red Caddy - Into the Unknown with Edward Abbey (Hardcover)
Charles Bowden; Foreword by Luis Alberto Urrea
R485 R392 Discovery Miles 3 920 Save R93 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A passionate advocate for preserving wilderness and fighting the bureaucratic and business forces that would destroy it, Edward Abbey (1927-1989) wrote fierce, polemical books such as Desert Solitaire and The Monkey Wrench Gang that continue to inspire environmental activists. In this eloquent memoir, his friend and fellow desert rat Charles Bowden reflects on Abbey the man and the writer, offering up thought-provoking, contrarian views of the writing life, literary reputations, and the perverse need of critics to sum up "what he really meant and whether any of it was truly up to snuff." The Red Caddy is the first literary biography of Abbey in a generation. Refusing to turn him into a desert guru, Bowden instead recalls the wild man in a red Cadillac convertible for whom liberty was life. He describes how Desert Solitaire paradoxically "launched thousands of maniacs into the empty ground" that Abbey wanted to protect, while sealing his literary reputation and overshadowing the novels that Abbey considered his best books. Bowden also skewers the cottage industry that has grown up around Abbey's writing, smoothing off its rougher (racist, sexist) edges while seeking "anecdotes, little intimacies . . . pieces of the True Beer Can or True Old Pickup Truck." Asserting that the real essence of Abbey will always remain unknown and unknowable, The Red Caddy still catches gleams of "the fire that from time to time causes a life to become a conflagration."

Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing - Living in the Future (Paperback): Charles Bowden Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing - Living in the Future (Paperback)
Charles Bowden
R419 R363 Discovery Miles 3 630 Save R56 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The third book in Charles Bowden's "accidental trilogy" that began with Blood Orchid and Blues for Cannibals, Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing attempts to resolve the overarching question: "How can a person live a moral life in a culture of death?" As humanity moves further into the twenty-first century, Bowden continues to interrogate our roles in creating the ravaged landscapes and accumulated death that still surround us, as well as his own childhood isolation, his lust for alcohol and women, and his waning hope for a future. We witness post-Katrina New Orleans and terrorist-bombed Bali; we encounter our shared actions with the animal world and the desirous need for consumption; we see the clash and erosion of our physical and figurative borders, the savagery of our own civilization. A man of his time and out of time, Bowden seeks acceptance and a will to endure what may lie ahead.

Desierto - Memories of the Future (Paperback): Charles Bowden Desierto - Memories of the Future (Paperback)
Charles Bowden; Foreword by William DeBuys
R421 R365 Discovery Miles 3 650 Save R56 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"A dark, troubling vision of life in the desert, defined broadly; of mountain lions and drug kingpins, Mexican hopes and Indian feuds." -Los Angeles Times "In these powerful epic tales of the Sonora Desert, Bowden peoples the harsh land on both sides of the US-Mexican border with saints and sinners, but his enduring hero is the desert itself." -Kirkus Reviews

The Last Shepherds (Hardcover): Charles Bowden The Last Shepherds (Hardcover)
Charles Bowden
R358 Discovery Miles 3 580 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Once, the UK's farmers employed thousands of shepherds, but a slump in sheep farming has cut a swathe through their ranks; nowadays shepherds are virtually a thing of the past, and most flocks are herded by farmers on quad bikes. The Last Shepherds follows hill shepherds Dave Baxter and Stewart and Gwen Wallace through the cycle of hill farming in the Cheviot Hills of Northumberland - lambing in spring, haymaking, shearing in the summer, then autumn lamb sales and winter feeding. This engrossing book is an extraordinary record of a vanishing way of life on Britain's traditional hill farms.

El Sicario - Confessions of a Cartel Hit Man (Paperback): Molly Molloy, Charles Bowden El Sicario - Confessions of a Cartel Hit Man (Paperback)
Molly Molloy, Charles Bowden 1
R250 R207 Discovery Miles 2 070 Save R43 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In this unprecedented and chilling monologue, a repentant Mexican hitman tells the unvarnished truth about the war on drugs on the American. El Sicario is the hidden face of America's war on drugs. He is a contract killer who functioned as a commandante in the Chihuahuan State police, who was trained in the US by the FBI, and who for twenty years kidnapped, tortured and murdered people for the drug industry at the behest of Mexican drug cartels. He is a hit man who came off the killing fields alive. He left the business and turned to Christ. And then he decided to tell the story of his life and work. Charles Bowden first encountered El Sicario while reporting for the book "Murder City." As trust between the two men developed, Bowden bore witness to the Sicario's unfolding confession, and decided to tell his story. The well-spoken man that emerges from the pages of "El Sicario" is one who has been groomed by poverty and driven by a refusal to be one more statistic in the failure of Mexico. He is not boastful, he claims no major standing in organized crime. But he can explain in detail not only torture and murder, but how power is distributed and used in the arrangement between the public Mexican state and law enforcement on the ground - where terror and slaughter are simply tools in implementing policy for both the police and the cartels. And he is not an outlaw or a rebel. He is the state. When he headed the state police anti-kidnapping squad in Juarez, he was also running a kidnapping ring in Juarez. When he was killing people for money in Juarez, he was sharpening his marksmanship at the Federal Police range. Now he lives in the United States as a fugitive. One cartel has a quarter million dollar contract on his head. Another cartel is trying to recruit him. He speaks as a free man and of his own free will - there are no charges against him. He is a lonely voice - no one with his background has ever come forward and talked. He is the future - there are thousands of men like him in Mexico and there will be more in other places. He is the truth no one wants to hear.

The Last Shepherds (Paperback): Charles Bowden The Last Shepherds (Paperback)
Charles Bowden
R223 Discovery Miles 2 230 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Once, the UK's farmers employed thousands of shepherds, but a slump in sheep farming has cut a swathe through their ranks; nowadays shepherds are virtually a thing of the past, and most flocks are herded by farmers on quad bikes. "The Last Shepherds" follows hill shepherds Dave Baxter and Stewart and Gwen Wallace through the cycle of hill farming in the Cheviot Hills of Northumberland - lambing in spring, haymaking, shearing in the summer, then autumn lamb sales and winter feeding. This engrossing book is an extraordinary record of a vanishing way of life on Britain's traditional hill farms.

Desert Duty - On the Line with the U.S. Border Patrol (Hardcover, New): Bill Broyles, Mark Haynes Desert Duty - On the Line with the U.S. Border Patrol (Hardcover, New)
Bill Broyles, Mark Haynes; Foreword by Charles Bowden
R1,309 R1,185 Discovery Miles 11 850 Save R124 (9%) Out of stock

While politicians and pundits endlessly debate immigration policy, U.S. Border Patrol agents put their lives on the line to enforce immigration law. In a day's work, agents may catch a load of narcotics, apprehend groups of people entering the country illegally, and intercept a potential terrorist. Their days often include rescuing aliens from death by thirst or murder by border bandits, preventing neighborhood assaults and burglaries, and administering first aid to accident victims, and may involve delivering an untimely baby or helping stranded motorists. As Bill Broyles and Mark Haynes sum it up, "Border Patrol is a hero job," one that too often goes unrecognized by the public.

Desert Duty puts a human face on the Border Patrol. It features interviews with nineteen active-duty and retired agents who have worked at the Wellton, Arizona, station that watches over what is arguably the most perilous crossing along the border--a sparsely populated region of the Sonoran Desert with little water and summer temperatures that routinely top 110F. The agents candidly discuss the rewards and frustrations of holding the line against illegal immigrants, smugglers, and other criminals--while often having to help the very people they are trying to thwart when they get into trouble in the desert. As one agent explains, "The thrill is tracking 'em up before they die. It's a rough ol' way to go--run outta water in this desert."

Killing the Hidden Waters (Paperback): Charles Bowden Killing the Hidden Waters (Paperback)
Charles Bowden
R406 Discovery Miles 4 060 Out of stock

In the quarter-century since his first book, Killing the Hidden Waters, was published in 1977, Charles Bowden has become one of the premier writers on the American environment, rousing a generation of readers to both the wonder and the tragedy of humanity's relationship with the land. Revisiting his earliest work with a new introduction, "What I Learned Watching the Wells Go Down," Bowden looks back at his first effort to awaken people to the costs and limits of using natural resources through a simple and obvious example-water. He drives home the point that years of droughts, rationing, and even water wars have done nothing to slake the insatiable consumption of water in the American West. Even more timely now than in 1977, Killing the Hidden Waters remains, in Edward Abbey's words, "the best all-around summary I've read yet, anywhere, of how our greed-driven, ever-expanding urban-industrial empire is consuming, wasting, poisoning, and destroying not only the resource basis of its own existence, but also the vital, sustaining basis of life everywhere."

El Sicario - Confessions of a Cartel Hit Man (Paperback): Molly Molloy, Charles Bowden El Sicario - Confessions of a Cartel Hit Man (Paperback)
Molly Molloy, Charles Bowden 1
R242 R206 Discovery Miles 2 060 Save R36 (15%) Out of stock

Meet El Sicario. A fugitive in the US with a $250,000 price tag on his head. He has executed hundreds of people, is an expert in torture, spent years working for the state police, and received training from the FBI. In grim and graphic detail he offers a series of confessions: why he first became involved with the cartels and how they operate; the most effective way to torture your victim; and, the corrosive experience of looking into someone's eyes as you strangle them to death. To read this book is to enter a world of terror and corruption and to understand the man who has seen it all and, for now, lived to tell the tale.

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