On September 26, 2014, 43 male students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers' College went missing in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico. On route to a protest, local police intercepted the students and a confrontation ensued. By the morning, they had disappeared without a trace.
Hernandez reconstructs almost minute-by-minute the events of those nights in late September 2014, giving us what is surely the most complete picture available: her sources are unparalleled, since she has secured access to internal government documents that have not been made public, and to video surveillance footage the government has tried to hide and destroy. Hernandez demolishes the Mexican state's official version, which the Pena Nieto government cynically dubbed the "historic truth". As her research shows, state officials at all levels, from police and prosecutors to the upper echelons of the PRI administration, conspired to put together a fake case, concealing or manipulating evidence, and arresting and torturing dozens of "suspects" who then obliged with full "confessions" that matched the official lie. By following the role of the various Mexican state agencies through the events in such remarkable detail, Massacre in Mexico shows with exacting precision who is responsible for which component of this monumental crime.
Publisher: Verso Books
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 368 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
"A Massacre in Mexico is a harrowing inquisition in to the fate of forty-three missing Mexican students and the governmental cover-up ... This is sure to be a controversial, significant work, one that might anger more than a few powerful people in Mexico. Anabel Hernandez valiantly risks her safety to uncover a crime that the world shouldn't forget." --Mya Alexice
"Her storytelling becomes a way of revealing an entire world." -Roberto Saviano
"It is the most comprehensive account of what is known about the attack--and about the astonishingly corrupt government investigation that followed... A Massacre in Mexico presents an overwhelming case that federal government investigators working for the administration of Mexican president Enrique Pe a Nieto created a false narrative of local culpability and sought to close the case before an investigation could reveal the involvement of federal officials." --Christy Thornton, Jacobin
"A harrowing inquisition into the fate of forty-three missing Mexican students and the governmental cover-up ... Hernandez delves deep into the corruption and violence despite threats against her life." --Foreword Reviews
"Brilliant ... a masterful piece of journalism which counteracts the narrative of the state." --Matt Williams, Medium
"A powerful investigation for fans of true crime and nonfiction about the international drug trade." --Frances O. Sandiford, Library Journal
"[A] detailed coverage of the government's horrifying and often clumsy attempt at a cover-up... her sources are clear and convincing." -- Rachel Nolan, London Review of Books