From the archives: Don Winslow on the war on drugs

Novelist Don Winslow and his latest book "The Border"
Novelist Don Winslow has written hundreds of pages about America's war on drugs. His latest novel, "The Border," is the final chapter of his trilogy about the war on drugs.
Photos courtesy of Robert Gallagher, book cover courtesy of publisher

Novelist Don Winslow has written hundreds of pages about America's war on drugs. He's taken readers into the labyrinth of Mexican cartels, revealed the cynical calculations made in the highest echelons of governments and laid bare the violence and the damage that flow from America's greed for drugs.

This Friday, MPR Hews host Kerri Miller will talk to Winslow about his new book, “City on Fire,” which is the first in what promises to be an epic saga about the Irish and Italian crime syndicates in America.

To whet your appetite, here’s Miller’s last conversation with Winslow from 2019, when they discussed “The Border,” the final chapter in his trilogy about the war on drugs.


  • Don Winslow is a best-selling author of 21 books and countless articles and short stories. His new novel, coming April 2022, is “City on Fire.”

To listen to the full conversation you can use the audio player above. 

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