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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents Blood Gun Money by Ioan Grillo, read by Shawn Compton.

The gun control debate is revived with every mass shooting. But far more people die from gun deaths on the street corners of inner city America and across the border as Mexico’s powerful cartels battle to control the drug trade. Guns and drugs aren’t often connected in our heated discussions of gun control - but they should be. In Ioan Grillo’s groundbreaking new work of investigative journalism, he shows us this connection by following the market for guns in the Americas and how it has made the continent the most murderous on earth.

Grillo travels to gun manufacturers, strolls the aisles of gun shows and gun shops, talks to FBI agents who have infiltrated biker gangs, hangs out on Baltimore street corners and visits the ATF gun tracing center in West Virginia. Along the way, he details the many ways that legal guns can cross over into the black market and into the hands of criminals, fuelling violence here and south of the border. Simple legislative measures would help close these loopholes, but America’s powerful gun lobby is uncompromising in its defence of the hallowed Second Amendment. Perhaps, however, if guns were seen not as symbols of freedom, but as key accessories in our epidemics of addiction, the conversation would shift. Blood Gun Money is that conversation shifter.

©2021 Ioan Grillo (P)2021 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic Reviews

“An eye-opening and riveting account of how guns make it into the black market and into the hands of criminals and drug lords.” (Adam Winkler)

"Ioan Grillo is one of the best reporters covering the cartels, crime and carnage south of the border. In Blood Gun Money, he traces the drug-gun pipeline that runs straight from that violence to the beating heart of America. It's even weirder and bloodier than the fiction." (Don Winslow, author of The Cartel and the Border

"Written in a gripping narrative style and with details gleaned from firsthand reporting, Ioan Grillo has written a vitally important book about the 'iron river.''' (Jon Lee Anderson, author of Che Guevara)

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MORE LEFTIST ANTIGUN PROPAGANDA

This book is just one more example of Leftist propaganda by a clown journalist. He probably paid for all of his supposed interviews and was taken advantage of for his money. They just told him what he wanted to hear. Don't give this guy a cent of your money. He will probably be working for CNN very soon.

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Another great book by Ioan Grillo.

A terrific book by a really talented journalist and author. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in the subjects. The Don Winslow even had high praise for this book. That tells you a lot about the quality of investigation and storytelling from the author.

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lacks truth

with exception to mexico the author tells a good story but not the story, tells one side yet lacks telling the others involved while indicating one, needs some serious revisions.

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Excellent

Issues that overlap but are not necessarily synthesized in enough frequency. The drug, gun, crime, ecosystem exists and the roles of both legitimate and illicit trade contribute to global violence. This book particularly hammers down on the nexus of America’s problems and their run off into Central America & Mexico. This is not an anti-gun book, just a harsh reality check.

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Another brilliant read by Ioan Grillo

immensely enjoyed, fascinated and terrified at the same time. a stern look at a real problem.

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Accurate and gutwrenching

My name is Billyjack Curtis and im one of the people the Ioan features in the book. I would like to say he kept it accurate and was a pleasure to talk too. I still struggle to feed my family every day but im not in the streets and im still in the fight. Another masterpiece by Ioan Grillo