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Cocaine Nation : How the White Trade Took over the World

Feiling, Tom. (Author).

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Kirtland Community College Library HV 5810 .F45 2012 30775305527047 General Collection Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781605982823
  • ISBN: 1605982822
  • Physical Description: print
    xvi, 350 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: 1st Pegasus trade pbk. ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2012.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: How Did We Get Here? -- From Soft Drink to Hard Drug -- Building a Hard Drug Economy -- A Rush to Punish -- Cutting off the Lizard's Tail -- Supply and the Third World -- Smugglers -- The Mexican Supply Chain -- "Cocaine is the Atomic Bomb of Latin America" -- Globalization -- Where Do We Go From Here? -- The Demand for Cocaine -- Legalization -- Prospects.
Summary, etc.: In Cocaine Nation, Tom Feiling travels the trade routes from Colombia via Miami, Kingston and Tijuana to London and New York, meeting Medellin hitmen, U.S. kingpins, Brazilian traffickers, and talking to soldiers and narcotics officers who fight the gangs and cartels. He traces cocaine's progress from legal "pick-me-up" to luxury product to global commodity, looks at legalization programs in countries such as Switzerland, and shows how America's anti-drugs crusade is actually increasing demand.
Subject: Cocaine
Drug traffic
Cocaine abuse
Cocaine History
Cocaine abuse History
Cocaine industry History
Drug control Corrupt practices
Cocaine abuse United States

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Feiling, a documentary filmmaker who has done much work in Colombia, turns to the country's main illegal export. (In the opening chapter, we learn about the original 19th-century coca use: "The modern-day [Coke] can's red and white livery, taken from the colours of the Peruvian flag, is the only reminder of Coca-Cola's Andean origins." Studying the cultivation, distribution, and use of cocaine, he probes the drug's meteoric rise in sales and traces traffic from Colombian coca fields to Miami, Kingston, Tijuana, London, and New York. He follows consumers, traders, producers, police officers, doctors, and custom officials. Part One analyzes the drug economy: "a lifeline for plenty of jobless Americans. Driving a car loaded with cocaine from El Paso to Chicago can earn the driver $10,000." Crack cocaine, a cheaper form of the drug, became a booming market in the 1980s, even spreading to rural America. By 1989, Jamaican gangs supplied crack to 47 U.S. cities, while the Bloods and the Crips ran West Coast crack houses. Part Two studies suppliers, smugglers, and law enforcement. Concluding chapters debate drug education, treatment programs, and legalization issues. Packed with facts and figures, this is a well-researched survey of the subject. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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