Searching for Modern Mexico: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Global Economy. By Nathaniel Parish Flannery. ISBN-13: 978-0-915745-82-1. 290- pages. $22.95
Searching For Modern Mexico explains the problems and paradoxes that define the U.S.’s southern neighbor by telling the story behind the coffee, mezcal, avocados, beer, and tacos Mexico produces and exports. Author Nathaniel Parish Flannery, a veteran Latin America analyst and writer, brings readers to the front lines of some of the most fascinating and inaccessible parts of Mexico. The book invites readers into remote, indigenous communities, introduces a range of fascinating characters, and explains the obstacles in front of entrepreneurs trying to build businesses exporting traditional Mexican products. The book provides an unparalleled tour of the chaos and contradictions of Modern Mexico.
Nathaniel Parish Flannery holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University, has been researching and writing about Mexico since 2007, and published articles with Fortune, The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, Outside, Boston Magazine, Pacific Standard, and The Guardian. He started as a Latin America analyst on Wall Street. He has written for several think tanks and research groups including the Americas Society / Council of the Americas, The Economist Intelligence Unit, IHS Global Insight, Albright Stonebridge Group, Oxford Business Group, and the Open Society Foundation. While working on this book Nathaniel visited indigenous communities in the mountains of Chiapas and Oaxaca in southern Mexico, rode along with cartel-fighting vigilante gunmen in Michoacan, and sat down with taco chefs and CEOs in Guadalajara and Tijuana. He is a coffee aficionado, a mezcal drinker, an avocado devotee, and a long-time fan of beer and tacos. In Searching for Modern Mexico, he brings substantive economic and political analysis to Mexican life through intrepid fieldwork and narrative storytelling.