7/15/15, "'Cartel' Author Spins A Grand Tale Of Mexico's Drug Wars," wnyc.org, npr
"Novelist Don Winslow has spent 10 years immersed in the
Mexican drug wars. He has studied all the players, from the lowly
traffickers to the kingpins who head up the cartels. One of the
characters in his new novel, The Cartel, is based on drug kingpin Joaquin Guzman, known as El Chapo, who escaped from a Mexican prison over the weekend....
"On the new generation of cartel leaders and how they are similiar to the self-proclaimed Islamic State:"
"It's not like the cartels are like ISIS; ISIS is like the cartels.
Ten years before ISIS was releasing beheading videos the cartels were
doing it. They're very sophisticated. They know that they need, not only
to control the action on the ground, but also the narrative, [to]
control the story. I think ISIS is just taking a page from their
playbook....The problem, similarly to ISIS, is they use these videos
as recruiting tools. They're attractive to people who feel themselves to
be powerless, they see these examples of ultimate power and it's quite
attractive to them.""...