• State of War

  • MS-13 and El Salvador's World of Violence
  • By: William Wheeler
  • Narrated by: William Wheeler
  • Length: 3 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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The real story behind El Salvador's MS-13 gang and how they have perpetuated three generations of conflict and led to scores of migrants seeking a new life in the United States.

Born in Los Angeles, the gang MS-13 was founded in the 1980s by Salvadoran refugees who had been hardened in a civil war stoked by American foreign policy. But the gang found its way home a decade later, as the US began deporting thousands of convicts each year back to the Northern Triangle - El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. Today, those countries share the world's highest murder rates, and account for 70 percent of the migrants arriving at the US southern border.

Foreign correspondent William Wheeler tracks MS-13 from LA, where he meets the founders of the gang, to El Salvador, where three generations of Salvadorans have been drawn into an escalating cycle of conflict. State of War tells the tragic story of a brutal civil war that has never ended.

©2020 William Wheeler (P)2020 Random House Audio
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Raw and eye-opening

I was moved, humbled and sobered by the stories revealed in this book. Mr. Wheeler’s calm tone and direct prose accent the cutting cyclical causality of a problem we often cruelly and lazily label as bad apple criminals. An important read, not only to understand this specific tragic situation, but the counter-effectiveness of archaic iron fist policies to solve complex issues in an increasingly inequitable modern world. Thank you for your courage in learning and sharing these stories.