Gibler's is the first and only book available in English that is based on extensive interviews with survivors of the September 2014 killings and abductions of students in Iguala, Mexico. It is a peerless expose of the crimes and the official cover up. The only other book available in English on the subject ("The Iguala 43: The Truth and Challenge of Mexico's Disappeared Students" (Semiotext(e) – February 3, 2017) is, according to Gibler, based on Web searches and conjecture: the writer never once set foot in Ayotzinapa nor spoke with a single survivor or relative of the disappeared.
Gibler is an internationally recognized authority on the Ayotzinapa attacks and has been referenced with prestige by the New Yorker and NPR's All Things Considered.
"The journalists John Gibler (the author of the book “To Die in Mexico”) and Marcela Turati have provided the most complete reports of what happened in Iguala on the night of September 26th." -- Francisco Goldman in his New Yorker essay.
NPR's All Things Considered reporter Arun Rath says, "Gibler has interviewed more than a dozen survivors and witnesses. He's pieced together the most detailed account yet of what happened that night."