Synopses & Reviews
America's black market is much larger than we realize, and it affects us all deeply, whether or not we smoke pot, rent a risque video, or pay our kids' nannies in cash. In Reefer Madness the best-selling author of Fast Food Nation turns his exacting eye on the underbelly of the American marketplace and its far-reaching influence on our society. Exposing three American mainstays -- pot, porn, and illegal immigrants -- Eric Schlosser shows how the black market has burgeoned over the past several decades. He also draws compelling parallels between underground and overground: how tycoons and gangsters rise and fall, how new techonology shapes a market, how government intervention can reinvigorate black markets as well as mainstream ones, and how big business learns -- and profits -- from the underground.
Reefer Madness is a powerful investigation that illuminates the shadow economy and the culture that casts that shadow.
Schlosser explores three prominent and little understood features of globalization - drugs, pornography and migrant labour. He traces the history of the contemporary war on drugs from its origins in Reagan's social conservatism through to its profound impact on civil society.
The bestselling author of "Fast Food Nation" explores three highly conspicuous and contentious strands of modern society: drugs, pornography and migrant labour. Split into three sections, the book evaluates America's history, attitude and politics and provides an eye-opening review of American culture. "Schlosser's views have sparked a storm" "The Observer"