God's Middle Finger by Richard Grant audiobook

God's Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre

By Richard Grant
Read by Gildart Jackson

Tantor Audio 9781416534402
10.90 Hours 1
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Twenty miles south of the Arizona-Mexico border, the rugged, beautiful Sierra Madre mountains begin their dramatic ascent. Almost 900 miles long, the range climbs to nearly 11,000 feet and boasts several canyons deeper than the Grand Canyon. The rules of law and society have never taken hold in the Sierra Madre, which is home to bandits, drug smugglers, cave-dwelling Tarahumara Indians, opium farmers, and other assorted outcasts. Outsiders are not welcome; drugs are the primary source of income; murder is all but a regional pastime. Fifteen years ago, journalist Richard Grant developed what he calls "an unfortunate fascination" with this lawless place. Locals warned that he would meet his death there, but he didn't believe them—until his last trip. During his travels Grant visited a folk healer for his insomnia and was prescribed rattlesnake pills, attended bizarre religious rituals, consorted with cocaine-snorting policemen, and dug for buried treasure. On his last visit, his reckless adventure spiraled into his own personal heart of darkness when cocaine-fueled Mexican hillbillies hunted him through the woods all night, bent on killing him for sport. With gorgeous detail, fascinating insight, and an undercurrent of dark humor, God's Middle Finger brings to vivid life a truly unique and uncharted world.

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Summary

Twenty miles south of the Arizona-Mexico border, the rugged, beautiful Sierra Madre mountains begin their dramatic ascent. Almost 900 miles long, the range climbs to nearly 11,000 feet and boasts several canyons deeper than the Grand Canyon. The rules of law and society have never taken hold in the Sierra Madre, which is home to bandits, drug smugglers, cave-dwelling Tarahumara Indians, opium farmers, and other assorted outcasts. Outsiders are not welcome; drugs are the primary source of income; murder is all but a regional pastime.

Fifteen years ago, journalist Richard Grant developed what he calls "an unfortunate fascination" with this lawless place. Locals warned that he would meet his death there, but he didn't believe them—until his last trip. During his travels Grant visited a folk healer for his insomnia and was prescribed rattlesnake pills, attended bizarre religious rituals, consorted with cocaine-snorting policemen, and dug for buried treasure. On his last visit, his reckless adventure spiraled into his own personal heart of darkness when cocaine-fueled Mexican hillbillies hunted him through the woods all night, bent on killing him for sport.

With gorgeous detail, fascinating insight, and an undercurrent of dark humor, God's Middle Finger brings to vivid life a truly unique and uncharted world.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This is exactly the book you’re hoping for when you pick it up: a crazy, sprawling story so well-written, you can’t decide whether to keep reading or go to Mexico to see for yourself. Keep reading: You have an extraordinary book in your hands.” Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm
“This is a thoroughly enlivening book, the rare kind that makes you want to sleep with a pistol under your pillow.” Jim Harrison, author of Returning to Earth

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Author Bio: Richard Grant

Author Bio: Richard Grant

Richard Grant is a British journalist, author and television presenter living in Mississippi. He is the author of four non-fiction books and also writes articles for magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times, the Guardian, and more. He is the writer and presenter of American Nomads, a documentary for the BBC based on his first book.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Travel
Runtime: 10.90
Audience: Adult
Language: English