ON-Lion Letter
In Encounter Books' new The Mexican Mafia, Los Angeles author Tony Rafael exposes the history, operations, and structure of the Mexican Mafia.  Founded in 1957 by a group of young L.A. street gangsters, the Mexican Mafia has eluded public and law-enforcement scrutiny.

Also known as "the Eme," the Mexican Mafia is directly or indirectly responsible for hundreds of homicides every year and now controls almost every L.A. neighborhood that has a strong Hispanic street presence.  It controls wholesale and retail drug trafficking and collects street taxes from a vast network of drug dealers and enforcers.

"From prison cells in Pelican Bay, members of the Mexican Mafia can order executions on practically any Los Angeles street, throughout most of Southern California, even in neighboring states," Rafael writes in the book's introduction.  "It has far-reaching intelligence and communications systems, as well as a standing army of thousands of street soldiers."

The Mexican Mafia is based on original research conducted over 10 years.  For the book, Rafael interviewed active and retired gang members and was granted unprecedented access to active investigations and major criminal trials.

Encounter Books is an activity of Encounter for Culture and Education, a nonprofit group that is supported by The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee.  Encounter's president and publisher is Roger Kimball, editor of The New Criterion magazine, which is also supported by Bradley.
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