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Joseph Contreras

Author of “In the Shadow of the Giant”

Joseph Contreras is the author of “In the Shadow of the Giant: The Americanization of Modern Mexico.”

During a twenty-eight-year career at Newsweek magazine he has reported from over 50 countries on five continents. He most recently was the publication's Latin American regional editor.

Mr. Contreras is currently stationed in southern Sudan where he serves as a public information officer for a U.N. peacekeeping mission.

He is also the coauthor of a 2002 biography of Colombian president Alvaro Uribe Vélez entitled El señor de las sombras (The Lord of the Shadows).

Mr. Contreras is a native of Los Angeles, CA.

Articles by Joseph Contreras

A Future City of Knowledge or a Killing Field?

How has the Mexican city of Monterrey been affected by the drug violence?

April 17, 2009

The Rise of the Sultan of the North

How did Monterrey become one of the most prominent — and Americanized — cities in Mexico?

April 16, 2009

The Southernmost City in Texas: Monterrey, Nuevo León

Why has Monterrey's prosperity long been intimately tied to the economic well-being of the United States?

April 15, 2009