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The Politics of Heroinby Alfred W. Mccoy
Synopses & Reviews
The first book to prove CIA and U.S. government complicity in global drug trafficking, The Politics of Heroin includes meticulous documentation of dishonesty and dirty dealings at the highest levels from the Cold War until today. Maintaining a global perspective, this groundbreaking study details the mechanics of drug trafficking in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and South and Central America. New chapters detail U.S. involvement in the narcotics trade in Afghanistan and Pakistan before and after the fall of the Taliban, and how U.S. drug policy in Central America and Colombia has increased the global supply of illicit drugs.
Book News Annotation:
The original 1972 edition of this book, which focused almost exclusively on Southeast Asia, has long been recognized as a classic of its kind by observers of U.S. foreign policy. In this new edition, McCoy (Southeast Asian history, U. of Wisconsin at Madison) has moved beyond his original intent of simply exposing the CIA's role in politically protecting drug lords in order to advance their covert operations objectives. He now attempts to explain the wider political and economic dynamics of the global trade in narcotics, paying as much attention to the failed policies of drug prohibition as to the continuing habit of the U.S. government to work with drug traffickers when it finds it convenient for its geostrategic or other political interests. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Includes bibliographical references (p. 649-680) and index.
About the Author
Alfred W. McCoy is a professor of history at the University of WisconsinMadison. He holds a doctorate in southeast Asian history from Yale University and is the recipient of the 2001 Goodman Prize from the Association for Asian Studies. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
Table of Contents
Sicily : home of the Mafia — Marseille : America's heroin laboratory — Opium for the natives — Cold War opium boom — South Vietnam's heroin traffic — Hong Kong : Asia's heroin laboratory — The Golden Triangle — War on drugs — The CIA's covert wars.
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