In Hello Shadowlands: Inside the Meth Fiefdoms, Rebel Hideouts and Bomb-Scarred Towns of Southeast Asia, Patrick Winn creates a portrait of Southeast Asia through the lens of organized crime — a world of narco-barons, vigilantes, motorbike bandits and others caught up in a mad scramble for cash. Organized crime is entering a golden age in Southeast Asia. Though steadily ignored by Western media — which prefers to fixate on Mexican cartels or Sicilian mafia — this sector is exploding. By 2025, the region’s black markets will generate $375 billion per year, more than many Asian nations’ legit economies. Winn will talk about his book and the international drug economy as part of Greensboro Bound’s This Is Your Country on Drugs series.
Patrick Winn is an award-winning investigative journalist who covers crime and black markets in Southeast Asia. He enters the worlds of guerrillas and vigilantes to mine stories that might otherwise go ignored. Winn has received the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award (also known as the ‘poor man’s Pulitzer’) and a National Press Club award. He’s also a two-time winner of Amnesty International’s Human Rights Press Awards among other prizes. His writing and short documentaries have been featured on NBC News, the BBC, The Atlantic, NPR and many other outlets. He is a co-creator of the film Hope Frozen, which will screen at international documentary festivals in 2018. Winn has served as a consultant for Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown on CNN.
The Bookseller says of Hello, Shadowlands: “Not inappropriately billed as Fear and Loathing meets McMafia, this is a compelling expose of Southeast Asia’s criminal underworld, and the dark underbelly of some popular holiday destinations by an award-winning US journalist resident in Thailand…the chapters on Myanmar [are] particularly illuminating.”
Patrick Winn’s appearance is co-sponsored with Scuppernong Books as part of the This Is Your Country on Drugs series, which began in August with Beth Macy’s (Dopesick) appearance and concludes in October with journalist Pam Kelley talking about her book, Money Rock: A Family’s Story of Cocaine, Race, and Ambition in the New South.