If this was true, it offered a rookie like Lawson the perfect opportunity to infiltrate the cartel. Then, lawson is asked to check out an anonymous tip: a horse was sold at an Oklahoma auction house for a record-topping price, one day, and the buyer was Miguel Treviño, one of the leaders of the Zetas, Mexico's most brutal drug cartel.
The source suggested that Treviño was laundering money through American quarter horse racing. Bloodlines offers us an unprecedented look at the inner workings of the Zetas and US federal agencies, and opens a new vista onto the changing nature of the drug war and its global expansion. . Lawson teams up with a more experienced agent, taking on impossible odds, Alma Perez, and, sets out to take down one of the world’s most fearsome drug lords.
In bloodlines, emmy and national magazine award-winning journalist Melissa del Bosque follows Lawson and Perez's harrowing attempt to dismantle a cartel leader’s American racing dynasty built on extortion and blood money. With extensive access to investigative evidence and in-depth interviews with key players, del Bosque turns more than three years of research and her decades of reporting on Mexico and the border into a gripping narrative about greed and corruption.
The riveting and suspenseful account of two young fbi agents in a pursuit of a drug cartel's most fearsome leader, money, Miguel TreviñoDrugs, cartels: this is what FBI rookie Scott Lawson expected when he was sent to the border town of Laredo, but instead he’s deskbound writing intelligence reports about the drug war.
Bones: Brothers, Horses, Cartels, and the Borderland Dream
Citizen, gave every indication of rejecting his brother’s criminal lifestyle. Compelling and complex, class, and the way greed and fear mingle with race, the morally dubious machinery of drug and border enforcement, Bones sheds light on the perilous lives of American ranchers, and violence along America’s vast Southwestern border.
Praise for bones“the true-life tale of the Zetas’ foray into quarter horses is masterfully recounted. He enlisted tyler graham, an american rancher who would eventually breed José’s champion horse—nicknamed Bones—to help the FBI infiltrate what was revealing itself to be a major money-laundering operation, with the ultimate goal of capturing the infamous Miguel Treviño.
He stayed out of trouble. He was said to have burned rivals alive, murdered Mexican and American law enforcement officers, and launched grenades at a U. S. Consulate. José, married with kids and now a U. S. The dramatic true story of two brothers living parallel lives on either side of the U. S. Mexico border—and how their lives converged in a major criminal conspiracy José and Miguel Treviño were bonded by blood and a shared vision of a better life.
Out of the Clouds: The Unlikely Horseman and the Unwanted Colt Who Conquered the Sport of Kings
The cinderella champion nicknamed "the people's Horse" captivated the masses with his rousing charge-from-behind stretch runs, his gritty blue-collar work ethic, and his rags-to-riches success story. One world. In the bestselling tradition of the the eighty-dollar champion, and hirsch Jacobs, an unwanted Thoroughbred, inspiring Cinderella story of Stymie, the propulsive, the once dirt-poor trainer who bought the colt on the cheap and molded him into the most popular horse of his time and the richest racehorse the world had ever seen.
. The $1, becoming the first thoroughbred ever to earn more than $900, 500 pittance Jacobs paid to claim Stymie became history's biggest bargain as the ultimate iron horse went on to run a whopping 131 races and win 25 stakes, 000. Tony ryan book award -- unwinds a real-life Horatio Alger tale of a dauntless team and its working-class fans who lived vicariously through the stouthearted little colt they embraced as their own.
In a golden age when horse racing rivaled baseball and boxing as America's most popular pastime, he was every bit as inspiring a sports hero as Joe DiMaggio and Joe Louis. Like stymie, jacobs was a commoner in "the sport of Kings, " a dirt-poor Brooklyn city slicker who forged an unlikely career as racing's winningest trainer by buying cheap, unsound nags and magically transforming them into winners.
In the wake of world war ii, americans were looking for inspiration and role models showing that it was possible to start from the bottom and work your way up to the top-and they found it in Stymie, as turmoil and chaos were giving way to a spirit of optimism, the failed racehorse plucked from the discard heap by trainer Hirsch Jacobs.
Taking readers on a crowd-pleasing ride with Stymie and Jacobs, Out of the Clouds -- the winner of the Dr.
The Most Glorious Crown: The Story of America's Triple Crown Thoroughbreds from Sir Barton to American Pharoah
The definitive work on this rare coronation, this book delves into the history, personalities, and subplots of each of the 12 Triple Crown champions. This new, updated edition features chapters on the 37 year gap between Triple Crown winners and 2015 champion American Pharaoh. It also includes actual racing forms from each race for the Triple Crown.
One world. From sir barton in 1919 through american pharaoh in 2015, each Triple Crown winner has exhibited a true personality and charisma befitting of super stardom and renowned author Marvin Drager's prose brings to life these 12 remarkable stories. This magnificent oversized book includes more than 150 archival, authentic black-and-white photographs of each thoroughbred throughout different stages of its career.
The most glorious crown is a unique and fascinating inspection of each champion, and trainers, their jockeys, owners, as well as a riveting account of each race and the events leading up to each historic event.
Wolf Boys: Two American Teenagers and Mexico's Most Dangerous Drug Cartel
But in texas, the teen hit men encounter a Mexican-born homicide detective determined to keep cartel violence out of his adopted country. Ultimately though, wolf Boys is the intimate story of the lobos: teens turned into pawns for the cartels. Detective robert garcia’s pursuit of the boys puts him face-to-face with the urgent consequences and new security threats of a drug war he sees as unwinnable.
One world. A hell of a story…undeniably gripping. The new york timesin this astonishing story, journalist Dan Slater recounts the unforgettable odyssey of Gabriel Cardona. Friends from his childhood join him and eventually they catch the eye of the cartel’s leadership. It isn’t long before gabriel abandons his promising future for the allure of juvenile crime, which leads him across the river to Mexico’s most dangerous drug cartel: Los Zetas.
In wolf boys, slater takes readers on a harrowing, often brutal journey into the heart of the Mexican drug trade. As the cartel wars spill over the border, Gabriel and his crew are sent to the States to work. The tale of two american teenagers recruited as killers for a Mexican cartel, and the Mexican-American detective who realizes the War on Drugs is unstoppable.
But the ghettos of laredo, texas—his border town—are full of smugglers and gangsters and patrolled by one of the largest law-enforcement complexes in the world. At first glance, bright, handsome, Gabriel is the poster-boy American teenager: athletic, and charismatic.
Wild Ride: The Rise and Tragic Fall of Calumet Farm Inc., America's Premier Racing Dynasty
Wild ride is ann hagedorn auerbach's investigation of the fast-track, multibillion-dollar thoroughbred industry and the fall of Calumet -- the inside story of a debacle that extended further than anyone could have imagined. Wild ride shows the industry's transformation from a clubby blue-blood society where a handshake closed a deal to a high-stakes business bulging with bankers and scandalous deal making.
An award-winning writer chronicles the tragic story behind the downfall of horse racing's crown jewel. Founded in 1924 by chicago mogul william monroe Wright, Calumet Farm was to the world of thoroughbred racing what the New York Yankees are to baseball -- a sports dynasty. But during the 1980s, a web of financial schemes left Calumet destitute.
The stable bred so many superstars that it became the standard by which all achievements were measured in the horse racing industry. A fascinating tale with a cast of characters worthy of Dickens -- or Runyon. Carl desens, Business Week One world. Spanning four generations, this fast-paced saga brings to life a gallery of colorful characters from Calumet's glittery past.
When the bluegrass Bubble exploded, one of America's largest family fortunes lay in ruins.
The Skeptical Handicapper: Using Data and Brains to Win at the Racetrack
Your game is sure to improve by asking the key questions that Meadow raises and answers in this book. The skeptical handicapper: using data and Brains to Win at the Racetrack examines both popular and little-known angles to see what really works at the pari-mutuel windows. And canada between 2014 and 2017, more than 168, 000 races in all.
He shows you how to use both the data and your brain to profit in this most challenging of arenas. Author barry meadow, became an authority on the subject not simply by writing about it, who wrote Money Secrets at the Racetrack, but by playing the races full-time for decades as his major source of income.
One world. What if you had bet every first-time lasix horse who was in the top three at the first call in his most recent start? Or followed each horse handled by a trainer-jockey combination with more than 20% wins if the horse showed the fastest first quarter last time out? Or played every 2-year-old first-time starter whose last workout was a 5-furlong bullet? This book answers these and many other handicapping problems.
With the help of thoroughbred analytic researcher Ken Massa, Meadow checks out what happened in every race run in the U. S. But before you can think about winning, you need to learn which handicapping strategies are valuable, and which ones aren't. Winning at the racetrack, however you define it, is neither easy nor a sure thing.
Norco '80: The True Story of the Most Spectacular Bank Robbery in American History
Their desperate getaway turned the surrounding towns into war zones. His cinematic treatment of the robbery itself reads like wildfire, the fatal shootout with the police ends in colorful chaos, and the huge manhunt through San Bernardino National Forest conducted by ‘Hunt & Kill Teams’ is a nail-biter.
The new york times book review norco ’80 tells the story of how five heavily armed young men―led by an apocalyptic born-again Christian―attempted a bank robbery that turned into one of the most violent criminal events in U. S. The resulting trial shook the community to the core, raising many issues that continue to plague society today: from the epidemic of post-traumatic stress disorder within law enforcement to religious extremism and the militarization of local police forces.
. When it was over, three were dead and close to twenty wounded; a police helicopter was forced down from the sky, and thirty-two police vehicles were destroyed by thousands of rounds of ammo. One world. Part action thriller and part courtroom drama, an era of predatory evangelical gurus, megachurches, doomsday predictions, Norco ’80 transports the reader back to the Southern California of the 1970s, and soaring crime rates, with the threat of nuclear obliteration looming over it all.
. An alarming account of a bank heist that rocked the country in 1980
The Last Cowboys: A Pioneer Family in the New West
One world. And in telling the wright family’s story, branch captures something vital of the grit, determination, from branding days to rodeo nights to annual Christmas gatherings, and integrity that fuel the American Dream. An unforgettable book by one of the finest reporters of our time, The Last Cowboys is a moving tribute to an American way of life.
Now bill and evelyn wright, battered by drought, parents to 13 children and grandparents to many more, find themselves struggling to hang on to the majestic landscape where they’ve been running cattle for 150 years as the West is transformed by urbanization, and rearranged by public-land disputes. Could rodeo, be the answer?in a powerful follow-up to his prize-winning, of all things, best-selling first book, New York Times reporter John Branch delivers an epic and intimate family story deep in the American grain.
. Will bill and evelyn be able to hold the family together as rodeo injuries pile up and one of their sons goes off on a religious mission? Will their son Cody, and the rest―be able to continue the family’s ways in the future?This is a grand and compelling work of reporting that, make it to the finals one last time―and compete with his own son? And will the younger generation―Rusty, Ryder, Stetson, like Buzz Bissinger’s Friday Night Lights, a two-time world champion, offers deep insight into American ritual and tradition.
Written with great lyricism and filled with vivid scenes of ranch life and the high drama of saddle-bronc competition, The Last Cowboys chronicles three years in the life of the Wrights, each culminating in rodeo’s National Finals in Las Vegas. An npr book of the yeara gripping portrait of one family’s gamble that rodeo and ranching are the future of the West―and not just its past.
For generations, the wrights of southern Utah have raised cattle and world-champion saddle-bronc riders―some call them the most successful rodeo family in history.
Cowboy mafia''-the fascinating true story of the largest marijuana smuggling operation in history and subsequently the largest forfeiture of attachable assets under the laws of RICOu. S. C-18-1962. Texas and florida cowboys smuggling with a fleet of Cigarette offshore powerboats, 85-ft. Shrimpboats and vast horse ranches in Ocala, Florida, Denton, Georgia, Newton, Tx.
Muscles foster former rodeo cowboy and trainer of six-time world champion cutting horse Cutterbill, Les Fuller the Marlboro man model in the 80's along with a host of cowboy sidekicks had the perfect logistical operation, gooseneck trailers moving forty pound bales of alfalfa hay concealing forty pound bales of Jamaican and Columbian red bud marijuana.
In the early eighties the cowboys were operating at the watershed of technology, no gps satellite tracking systems. It was all about out running any and all. When the marlboro man lit the Cigarette offshore racer it was sustained speeds in excess of 100 mph through the straight of Florida. Alternating between south Florida and High Island, Tx.
With powerboats and shrimpboats, the change-up kept the coast guard off guard. The run from high island, columbia some 3, tx on the Texas gulf coast was to the shores of Santa Marta, 000 miles and 18-days round trip. The haul being 40, 000 pounds of Columbian red bud. Muscles foster as foreman of Texas oilman, rancher Rex Caubles' vast four thousand acre ranches had the perfect cover operation.
Los Zetas Inc.: Criminal Corporations, Energy, and Civil War in Mexico
Asserting that the elevated level of violence between the zetas and the Mexican state resembles a civil war, the US border economy, including arms-producing companies, Correa-Cabrera identifies the beneficiaries of this war, and corporate capital, the international banking system, the US border security/military-industrial complex, especially international oil and gas companies.
Proposes a new theoretical framework for understanding the emerging face, new structure, and economic implications of organized crime in Mexico. Since the zetas share some characteristics with legal transnational businesses that operate in the energy and private security industries, she also compares this criminal corporation with ExxonMobil, Halliburton, and Blackwater renamed “Academi” and now a Constellis company.
Going beyond previous studies of the group as a drug trafficking organization, natural gas, Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera builds a convincing case that the Zetas and similar organizations effectively constitute transnational corporations with business practices that include the trafficking of crude oil, and gasoline; migrant and weapons smuggling; kidnapping for ransom; and video and music piracy.
Combining vivid interview commentary with in-depth analysis of organized crime as a transnational and corporate phenomenon, Los Zetas Inc. Los zetas Inc. Correa-cabrera delineates the zetas establishment, and forms of operation, foreign, structure, along with the reactions to this new model of criminality by the state and other lawbreaking, and corporate actors.
The rapid growth of organized crime in Mexico and the government's response to it have driven an unprecedented rise in violence and impelled major structural economic changes, including the recent passage of energy reform. One world.