In a KYC360 Exclusive, Stephen Platt interviews prize winning journalist and author Ioan Grillo on his new best-selling book ‘Gangster Warlords’. A new kind of criminal kingpin has emerged: part CEO, part terrorist, and part rock star, unleashing guerrilla attacks, strong-arming governments, and taking over much of the world’s trade in narcotics, guns, and humans. What they do affects you-from the gas in your car, to the gold in your jewellery, to the tens of thousands of Latin Americans seeking refugee status in the U.S. ‘Gangster Warlords’ is the first definitive account of the crime wars now wracking Central and South America and the Caribbean.
“Superb. Gangster Warlords should make every banker in the Western Hemisphere worry about the proximity between their institutions and narco-terrorists in South America” Stephen Platt
Gangster Warlords can be purchased here
Ioan Grillo is a leading Mexico-City based journalist and writer. He has covered Latin America since 2001 for media including Time Magazine, Reuters, Al Jazeera, CNN and Letras Libres. His work has also appeared in the New York Times and BBC. He specializes on drugs and crime and the tragic wars they have unleashed. He is the author of Gangster Warlords: Drug Dollars, Killing Fields and the New Politics of Latin America (2016) and El Narco: The Bloody Rise of Mexican Drug Cartels (2011). El Narco was a finalist for the Orwell Prize and Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, and was BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week