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    1. Dead on Delivery: Inside the Drug
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    2. On The Fringe Of History : A riveting
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    3. Busted: Stone Cowboys, Narco-Lords
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    20. Rhetoric in the War on Drugs

    1. Dead on Delivery: Inside the Drug Wars, Straight from the Street
    by Robert M. Stutman, Richard Esposito
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    Asin: 0446515582
    Catlog: Book (1992-06-01)
    Publisher: Warner Books Inc
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    2. On The Fringe Of History : A riveting behind-the-scenes look at the war on drugs and terrorism from a "fed" who fought the fight
    by Sarge Hoteko
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    Asin: 0595664881
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    On The Fringe Of History is Chief Inspector Sarge Hoteko's personal memoir, including his experiences as a narcotic interdiction and antiterrorism instructor in 16 countries around the globe. Hoteko reveals the shocking, rampant and systematic corruption within many of those governments, especially; Pakistan, Mexico, Bolivia and Nigeria--the most corrupt nation on earth.

    He also depicts how overzealous internal affairs investigators bungled two major cases in Chicago that devastated innocent lives. As Hoteko stated, "Who watches the watchdogs?" He reveals how a biased press unjustly slammed Customs over the O'Hare Airport female search controversy. One NBC investigative reporter stated, "It is better to let a person go rather than to do the strip search. It's better to let the pound of heroin go out on the street..."

    On The Fringe of History follows one American's fascinating career around the world and captures the sheer patriotic joy he experienced while serving his country.

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    3. Busted: Stone Cowboys, Narco-Lords and Washington's War on Drugs
    by Mike Gray
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    Asin: 1560254327
    Catlog: Book (2002-11-01)
    Publisher: Nation Books
    Sales Rank: 517551
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    Thirty years ago Richard Nixon called drugs "the modern curse of youth" and launched the modern "War on Drugs" as we know it. Thirty years later, even the conservative National Review has said, "The War on Drugs has failed." Spanning three decades, Busted tells readers why, charting the violence, chaos, and corruption that the War on Drugs has spawned. It includes frontline reporting from all over the world, literary journalism, public records, and provocative commentary from the left and right. P. J. O’Rourke writes, "Marijuana never kicks down your door in the middle of the night. Marijuana never locks up sick and dying people, does not suppress medical research, does not peek in bedroom windows.... Prohibition has done far more harm to far more people than marijuana ever could." And Christopher Hitchens has charged that the drug war involves "a demented overseas entanglement, with off-the-record U.S. military aircraft running shady missions over Colombia and Peru, and high-level collaboration with ruthless and unaccountable ‘Special Forces.’ Colombia doesn’t look any more like the U.S. as a result, but the U.S. does look a lot more like Colombia." From the crack dens of South Central L.A. to Iran Contra, from Nancy Reagan’s "Just Say No" to Plan Columbia, here is a collection of the most provocative, dissenting writing on the drug wars. Contributors include Gore Vidal, Alexander Cockburn, William Buckley Jr., Milton Friedman, Gary Webb, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Andrew and Leslie Cockburn, and a jailhouse interview with General Manuel Noriega by Oliver Stone. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Mike Gray gets the country up to speed.
    For starters, the essay format makes for an easy read. You'll be grateful for this, because you won't like what you're reading.

    The subjects covered include issues of legalization and decriminalization, mismanagement of resources (and the sorry state of drug treatment efforts), the hypocrisy of foreign drug policy and its effects on impoverished third world countries, the role of pharmaceutical companies in the ruckus, a model or two of how progressive drug policy has actually succeeded...and a whole lot more.

    It all adds up to a simple theme, one which will not surprise you: America prefers to flex its muscles than to show compassion. We've seen it manifested over and over in our foreign policy, but this time you the reader are also the victim. This book pushed my interest in the matter to boundaries previously unknown.

    3-0 out of 5 stars A good (but not great) buzz
    Editor Mike Gray has put together a diverse collection of articles in "Busted" that collectively make the argument that the war against illegal drugs has been an absolute failure. The over 33 authors who contributed to this book examine the myriad social, economic and political consequences of our current drug policies. Many of these writers present evidence contending that harm reduction would be far more effective than the punitive strategy our country has favored since Richard Nixon launched the modern drug war in 1968.

    The individual articles offer information that might prove very helpful to activists fighting for commonsense policies. Indeed, the "Busted" project itself might represent a personal scrapbook of press clippings collected by Mr. Gray, who chairs just such an organization. Unfortunately, the overly loose organization of material constitutes the book's core weakness.

    To begin with, Mr. Gray delivers a scant six-page Introduction for this 280-page book. Although the book is organized into seven sections that are meant to group the articles along themes such as "The View From the Fortieth Floor", we are given no guidance from Mr. Gray as to what we might expect to learn from these sections. Worse, the editor makes little attempt to contextualize these issues nor does he present any analysis of the drug law reform movement with respect to real world policy. On the plus side, Mr. Gray admirably provides a helpful Resouces section at the end of the book, but overall one suspects that this ambitious collection badly needs and deserves a better effort from its editor.

    Second, the articles themselves did not always display the characteristics of "consistently high" proofreading, much less writing. Several of the stories were riddled with punctuation and spelling mistakes that make for very distracted reading; it was almost as if a few of the articles were copied from webpages and pasted into the manuscript without anyone bothering to see if the formatting might have been corrupted during the process. One hopes that these easily correctable problems will be fixed before future editions of the book are printed.

    Third, the articles, while individually quite good, do tend to overlap and don't always seem to fall in the right sections of the book. For example, I almost lost count of the number of times I had to read about how a recent Washington, D.C. medical marijuana referendum was approved by the voters but subsequently rejected by the federal government. And a lengthy story about a crime-busting federal drug informant was included in the section "South of the Border" but, oddly, not in the section dedicated to "Criminal Justice." The time span of these stories does not help either; some articles date back as far as 1990, which seems odd for a book published in 2002 that is purported to represent current thinking on the subject. The net effect of all this is that it makes it difficult to read the book end-to-end without feeling disoriented; one quickly gets the sense that a logical progression to the arguments might never materialize, and in fact they do not.

    Fourth, the reading experience is discontinuous due to the authors' wide variety of styles, tones and subject matter. You get parts investigative journalism, scholarly analysis, medical research, street reporting and more. One minute you might read an article laced with obscenities; the next you are contemplating the nuanced articulations of William F. Buckley, Jr. And in the Noriega interview, you are confounded by the seemingly endless series of conspiracy theory questions a paranoid Oliver Stone floats like so many trial balloons for a prospective Hollywood screenplay. Overall, the juxtaposition of all these stories is interesting, but it seems a little bizarre too.

    In my view, you can get a good (but not great) buzz from this book. It has the merit of assembling a pastiche of stories for researchers or others who might not want to do a Google search on the topic, but in my view it also misses a golden opportunity to provide some badly needed analysis on the very important subject of drug prohibition.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very informative!
    Many thanks to Mike Gray and Maia Szlavitz for the AlterNet article (included on page 85) on Straight, Incorporated and similarly abusive gulags run by the John Birchers of the drug treatment industry. Thank GOD they're beginning to lose credibility and market share. I'm sure it's due, in part, to investigative reporting over the years by authors and reporters like you. I'll sleep just a little better because a few more poeple are wise to this scam. Again, thanks! ... Read more


    4. The War on Drugs: Opposing Viewpoints (Opposing Viewpoints)
    by Stephen P. Thompson
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    Asin: 1565108043
    Catlog: Book (1998-06-01)
    Publisher: Greenhaven Press
    Sales Rank: 841682
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    5. Pipe Dream Blues: Racism and the War on Drugs
    by Clarence Lusane
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    Asin: 0896084108
    Catlog: Book (1991-12-01)
    Publisher: South End Press
    Sales Rank: 670441
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Disturbing
    "Down the decades the CIA has approached perfection in one particular art, which we might term the 'uncover-up.' This is a process whereby, with all due delay, the Agency first denies with passion, then concedes in profoundly muffled tones, charges leveled against it. Such charges have included the Agency's recruitment of Nazi scientists and SS officials; experiments on unwitting American citizens; efforts to assassinate Fidel Castro; alliances with opium lords in Burma, Thailand and Laos; an assassination program in Vietnam; complicity in the toppling of Salvador Allende in Chile; the arming of opium traffickers and religious fanatics in Afghanistan; the training of murderous police in Guatemala and El Salvador; and involvement in drugs-and-arms shuttles between Latin America and the US.... Charges are raised against the CIA. The Agency leaks its denials to favored journalists, who hasten to inform the public that after intense self-examination, the Agency has discovered that it has clean hands. Then, when the hubbub has died down, the Agency issues a report in which, after patient excavation the resolute reader discovers that, yes, the CIA did indeed do more or less exactly what it had been accused of."

    Alexander Cockburn and
    Jefferey St. Clair
    WHITEOUT: THE CIA, DRUGS AND THE PRESS
    From Chapter 15: "The Uncover-up"

    "In July 1995, San Jose Mercury-News reporter Gary Webb found the Big One--the blockbuster story every journalist secretly dreams about--without even looking for it. A simple phone call concerning an unexceptional pending drug trial turned into a massive conspiracy involving the Nicaraguan Contra rebels, L.A. and Bay Area crack cocaine dealers, and the Central Intelligence Agency. For several years during the 1980s, Webb discovered, Contra elements shuttled thousands of tons of cocaine into the United States, with the profits going toward the funding of Contra rebels attempting a counterrevolution in their Nicaraguan homeland. Even more chilling, Webb quickly realized, was that the massive drug-dealing operation had the implicit approval--and occasional outright support--of the CIA, the very organization entrusted to prevent illegal drugs from being brought into the United States...Within the pages of DARK ALLIANCE, Webb produces a massive amount of evidence that suggests that such a scenario did take place, and more disturbing evidence that the powers that be that allowed such an alliance are still determined to ruthlessly guard their secrets."

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    DARK ALLIANCE
    by Gary Webb

    PIPE DREAM BLUES, by Clarence Lusane goes far beyond documenting the role of the CIA in the drug problem in the inner cities and--more and more everyday--the suburbs of America. In much the same way great investigative journalism borders on the nobility of a sermon, a sermon from the soul of a deeply passionate minister of extraordinary talent who has discovered a painful truth about his world that is breaking his heart, Lusane surpasses both simple storytelling and chillingly accurate social criticism to create the kind of unavoidable paradigm shifts in one's thinking that can cause you to lose quite a bit of sleep, before reading the morning paper with an all-new critical eye. Paradigm shifts about literally everything that could be associated with drugs in the United States grace the pages of this book, from the actual nature of both addictive and illegal drugs (guess what? the one's that aren't illegal are the most damaging to human health and the entire country), to the haunting spectre, frightening architecture and ever-useful weapon of racism, to the moral vaccuum created by our crime-ridden capital Washington, D.C. having no representation in the federal government (and the consequences of it that the entire country must deal with), to the inherent structure of capitalism, its present day/21st century connection to the moral cancer of slavery through the 17th to the 19th centuries--and the segregation of the 20th--and its effect on the human soul in its entirety...barely a stone is left unturned in this book, which should be the bible of every mayor, police commissioner, FBI agent--and social activist--in this country.

    This is a book that will make you wonder why the obvious truths of the non-existent American drug war are being ignored after they are revealed--and then instinctively realize why.

    Lusane is an extraordinary journalist, proving again that investigative journalism is becoming a lost art--lost in the tidal wave of politics run by corporations, not nations. If you are the type of person who can't get enough of a show like COPS, prepare to (hopefully) never be able to watch it again after reading little more than the Introduction of this brilliantly crafted expose of the primitive underbelly of the American psyche, hiding behind *law* and *order*. Read this for the sake of our children--of all races. ... Read more


    6. The War on Drugs (Opposing Viewpoints)
    by Tamara L. Roleff
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    Asin: 0737722851
    Catlog: Book (2004-01-01)
    Publisher: Greenhaven Press
    Sales Rank: 931514
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    7. Snowfields: The War on Cocaine in the Andes
    by Clare Hargreaves
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    Asin: 0841913285
    Catlog: Book (1992-09-01)
    Publisher: Holmes & Meier Publishers
    Sales Rank: 980858
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    8. Taking Aim: Target Populations and the Wars on AIDS and Drugs (American Governance and Public Policy)
    by Mark C. Donovan
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    Asin: 0878408290
    Catlog: Book (2001-03-01)
    Publisher: Georgetown University Press
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    9. The War on Drugs: An International Encyclopedia
    by Ronald Chepesiuk, Ron Chepesiuk
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    Asin: 0874369851
    Catlog: Book (1999-12-01)
    Publisher: ABC-Clio Inc
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    10. In the Shadow of the Dope Fiend: America's War on Drugs
    by William Weir
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    Asin: 0208023844
    Catlog: Book (1997-02-01)
    Publisher: Archon Books
    Sales Rank: 1086226
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A well researched and eye-opening study.
    William Weir, throughout this book builds a convincing case for a much-needed re-evaluation of U.S. drug policy. Weir's research into the drug war and its causes and effects is solid and well documented. This volume should be required reading for anyone on either side of the drug policy debate. ... Read more


    11. War on Drugs, HIV/AIDS and Human Rights
    by Kasia Malinowska-Sepruch, KASIA MALINOWSKA-SEMPRUCH, SARAH GALLAGHER
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    Asin: 0972054170
    Catlog: Book (2004-07)
    Publisher: Central European University Press
    Sales Rank: 1671386
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    War on Drugs, HIV/AIDS and Human Rights brings together a series of articles that assess drug policies in the context of human rights. Articles articulate a broad range of issues resulting from the traditional emphasis on law-enforcement or zero-tolerance policies, which often infringe on rights. In particular, the essays address the growing need for HIV prevention among vulnerable populations along with the challenges and contradictions that arise when attempting to take a human-rights approach to drug policy. Some of the texts are theoretical, while others offer practical tools and case studies emphasizing harm-reduction policies that preserve rights. The anthology offers an international perspective that reflects the global magnitude of the issue. ... Read more


    12. The Phoenix Solution: Getting Serious About Winning America's Drug War
    by Vincent T. Bugliosi, Joseph Campanella
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    Asin: 0787105252
    Catlog: Book (1996-02-01)
    Publisher: Audio Literature
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    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A strategy for actually winning America's war on drugs.
    Vincent Bugiosi, the prosecutor of Charles Manson (Helter Skelter) and outspoken critic of the prosecutors in the O.J. Simpson case (Outrage) has written what is the first indepth examination of America's drug policy and its failure to even moderately slow the rate that illicit drugs pour into the United States. After examining the common assumptions about drugs and performing a thorough analysis of our current drug policy, Mr. Bugliosi sets forth a step-by-step process for solving America's drug problem. In 1995, we pumped $14 billion into drug fighting. What were the results? Nothing changed. Mr Bugliosi correctly points out that our current policy isn't working. A radical new approach is necessary if we are going to end this drug epidemic.

    This revolutionary books presents 2 completely seperate ideas that could bring the drug crisis to an end. The proposals are unorthodox to be sure, but they're detailed, thought provoking and practical. In addition, they're surprisingly cost effective compared with the money current spent in failed efforts.

    Briefly, the proposals are a military search-and-find mission in which we send forces into the major drug producing countries and bring the drug cartel leaders to the U. S. to stand trial and sentencing. The other proposal is a relatively simple plan to stop the flow of drug-profit monies both out of and into America. The legality and historical precedents of these proposals are thoroughly and convincing presented. Mr. Bugliosi also examines the question of legalization of drugs and what ramifications that would have on our society.

    "Either we are serious about fighting this terrible curse, or we are not," writes Mr. Bugliosi. If we are, then book shows how it can be done. Now if only someone with the political power in Washington would read it and have the guts to implement the proposals. ... Read more


    13. Peaceful Measures: Canada's Way Out of the "War on Drugs"
    by Bruce K. Alexander
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    Catlog: Book (1990-09-01)
    Publisher: University of Toronto Press
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    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Keeping the War on Drugs out of Canada
    Alexander (psycholgist) discusses the nature of addiction and drugs in the larger context of society. Drawing on some clear consequences of the United States' "war on drugs" (e.g., constraints on individual liberties, the proliferation of pseudo-scientific claims, and the exacerbation of drug addictions), Alexander hopes to prevent prohibitionist mentality from spreading North of the border. This book is refreshing, lucid, and enjoyable to read. The author is well read in areas that range beyond the pharmacological and psychological literature (e.g., philosophy, political science, and sociology). Alexander's balanced perspective on drugs and addiction provides a challenge to convetional claims made in the media and 'scientific' literature. ... Read more


    14. Children of war : victims of conflict and dislocation : hearing before the Subcommittee on Children, Family, Drugs and Alcoholism of the Committee on... pril 3, 1990 (SuDoc Y 4.L 11/4:S.hrg.101-808)

    Asin: B000103I5I
    Catlog: Book (1990)
    Publisher: U.S. G.P.O.
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    15. Children at the Front: A Different View of the War on Alcohol and Drugs
    by Cwla North American Commission on Chemic
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    Asin: 0878685022
    Catlog: Book (1992-06-01)
    Publisher: CWLA Press (Child Welfare League of America)
    Sales Rank: 2369595
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Effectively Spreading Awareness
    This book covers all aspects on the war on drugs and alcohol. The social, psychological and political effects of substance abuse are clearly described by the Child Welfare System that allows the audience to sympathize with the children involved. The system is currently trying to figure ways to improve the quality of lives of children affected by drugs and alcohol.

    The beginning of the book thoroughly describes the problems and needs of families that have a family member that is suffering from substance dependency. Throughout the years, the needs of these families have changed and former policies no longer are useful in these situations. Although awareness of the dangers of substance abuse has decreased the casual use of drugs and alcohol, the hardcore users have maintained their abusive behaviors.

    The Child Welfare system has been trying to find methods to meet the needs of these families by simply recognizing that substance abuse is not a moral decision. Many people confuse these uses by recognizing them as a simple lack of judgment. However, casual use, for some, has become a physical addiction that needs to be treated psychologically and physically.

    In the past, drug and alcohol abuse cases have been dealt through law enforcement by detaining those with the problem. This book shows the importance of redefining these consequences by helping the matter. The need for prevention, treatment, and aftercare services has been proven important in order to address the needs of millions of chemically dependent individuals and their families.

    A call to action quote has impacted me, the reader, and truly made me understand the situation. "Many things we need can wait, the child cannot. Now is the time his bones are being formed, his blood is being made, his mind is being developed. To him we cannot say tomorrow. His name is today".

    There are many things outsiders do not understand. Those who are going through it are the vulnerable that need help. The question that arises is: who is going to help? The outsiders that recognize the problems and difficulties of these families are the ones with the power to imply programs that will help families in need.

    This book is an outstanding way to let the public know the problems that are going on with the war on alcohol and drugs. Many have seen on the news and newspapers the problems of trafficking in our nation and think objectively about it. What about those that are being affected?

    Innocence is the main background theme. The war on drugs has clearly affected many children's lives. It has affected them through prenatal development and currently through their family environment. This book has emphasized through its cover and its content the suffering of these children. Many are born with developing disorders due to pregnant women who are chemically dependant. Many more have to live with their parent's problem and risk the vicious cycle of hereditary substance abuse behavior. For these reason, the Child Welfare system, through this book, has focused on the effective way to approach these families. By initiating awareness and prevention programs, treatment of chemical abuse can be understood more thoroughly and can be helped more efficiently. ... Read more


    16. War on Drugs (Opposing Viewpoints)
    by David Bender, Bruno Leone
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    Asin: 0899084834
    Catlog: Book (1990-10-01)
    Publisher: Greenhaven Pr
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    17. Illusion or Victory: How the U.S. Navy Seals Win Americaªs Failing War on Drugs
    by Richard L. Knopf
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    Asin: 0756755638
    Catlog: Book (1997-04-01)
    Publisher: Diane Pub Co
    Average Customer Review: 2.33 out of 5 stars
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    reveals the recently declassified details of the U.S.Government's secret war against the international drug cartels andnarcoterrorists. Readers learn the true story of the U.S. military'sinvolvement in fighting the organized drug trade through the author'smany revelations of secret military operations around the world.Included are details on operations involving U.S. Navy SEAL teams andother U.S. forces engaged in combat with armies of drug barons andmercenaries equipped with state-of- the-art weaponry. Based on trueaccounts of the U.S. Government's secret war on drugsshows how morethan 60 of the world's 173 constituted nations as well as the world'smajor banks and corporations are directly involved with drugtrafficking. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Andrew from California
    The book grabbed me when I opened it and I did not put it down until I finished reading it early the next morning. While I realize the story line is fictional, it sounds plausible and realistic to me. I have studied this subject matter, and I understand that while the air ways for trafficing out of the Andean Ridge have been largely shut down, the waterways have not. I looked for major reviews before buying the book and thought the Kircus Review, a highly prestigous literary review, was extraordinary.

    Highly recommend this title to anyone looking for the US to fight a real war on drugs and not continue to use the needle in a haystack approach of trying to stop it at the border with limited success at very high cost.

    The back flap contains a terrific letter of support from Senator Orrin Hatch, the Chairman of the US Senate Judiciary Committee, the organization responsible for many elements of combatting drugs and its attendant crime.

    Really, really enjoyed this book, receives my highest recommendation.

    1-0 out of 5 stars tried really hard to like it
    The anti-drug moralizing forced me to stop reading it as did MANY technical goofs - 2 times where the author described M16s as having 40 round magazines, that a .357 Mag could penetrate a car's engine block, that most SEALs are built like NFL players and can bench 400 pounds.

    Drugs are evil but every good character in the book gets crocked on booze.

    Lots of typos and errors. This was like reading a first draft.

    1-0 out of 5 stars tried hard to like it
    Gave up about half way thru. Great premise and some good details but the anti-drug ranting just became WAY too much. The author is on a personal crusade against drugs of the South American variety and it really comes thru in the writing. Continuous moralizing about how all drugs are evil and the US, actually the world, is about to collapse because of the War on Drugs, but it's OK when all of the good characters drink alcohol. eg - when the FBI agents meet and get crocked.

    Author annoyingly, and for no reason, keeps bringing up a backstory about Modular Products as if he's trying to set the background for his next novel.

    Many typos and errors - was this a first draft that no one proof read? Glaring technical errors that an author with friends in law enforcement should know: p90 - .357 bullets can penetrate a car's engine block, p33 and p26 - M16s with "40 round" magazines.

    Too many analogies of how SEALs are like NFL players and can all bench press 400 pounds - HA!. Also, for a guy that supposedly was in BUD/S, he says Hell Week was 7 days - it's really 5. p26 - the SEALs wear "dark jungle striped" camo! Another goof.

    Tried hard to like it but the moralizing and faulty details really turned me off.

    5-0 out of 5 stars great read
    I enjoyed this book and the few areas which might be considered discrepancies were little more than a matter of perspective. The author did a great job combining information with a smooth reading experience.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Good effort
    Unfortunately, I did not read the reviews of this book prior to purchasing it - I thought it was a factual accounting of US Navy Special Warfare efforts against the drug cartels. Had the author stuck with keeping this factual, it would have been a much more valuable read. ... Read more


    18. Myths of Militarization: The Role of the Military in the War on Drugs in the Americas (Drug Trafficking in the Americas Series)
    by Bruce M. Bagley
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    Asin: 0935501320
    Catlog: Book (1991-12)
    Publisher: University of Miami Iberian Studies Institute
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    19. The Enemy Is Us: How to Defeat Drug Abuse and End the "War on Drugs"
    by Robert H. Dowd
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    Asin: 0965399974
    Catlog: Book (1997-10-01)
    Publisher: Hefty Press
    Sales Rank: 1312100
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    "The Enemy Is Us" is a critical analysis of the United States' War on Drugs to enforce prohibition. The author makes a cogent case for control of drugs by returningto a legal, state-regulated, private-sector drug market as existed before Prohibition. He focuses on the facts of history to justify his position and to identify the bureaucratic blunders that led to drug prohibition.

    Few Americans today realize that all narcotics were legal from the beginning of this nation until the imposition of Prohibition in 1920. During the first 144 years of this nation anyone could purchase opium, heroin, morphine and cocaine-even from the Sears Roebuck catalog. Yet, despite the ready availability of legal drugs, the percentage of addicts in America's population was steadily declining for two decades before prohibition. Drug crime was negligible. But more important, by the government's own calculations, the percentage of addicts has quadrupled under prohibition. Crime associated with illegal drug trafficking menaces our society. This being true, what purpose does prohibition serve?

    Based on results achieved, the anti-drug bureaucracy cannot justify itself. The only beneficiaries of prohibition have been the illegal drug cartels and the federal drug warriors. The livelihood of both depend on the drug war continuing. Everyone else suffers, especially inner city juveniles.

    President Clinton told his Mexican audience in the summer of 1997, "America's problem is we comprise less than 5% of the world's population, but consume nearly half of the world's illegal drugs." Obviously, the problem is American's demand for illegal drugs, but the government tries to dry up the supply of drugs to enforce abstinence. However, in 78 years of drug prohibition, nary a soul has been saved from the drug habit for a lack of illegal drugs for sale.

    Washington's anti-drug bureaucrats make the self-serving claim that legalizing narcotics and cocaine will vastly increase the percentage of addicts in the population. As noted above, historical evidence ridicules that position.

    The government fails to recognize the effectiveness of thousands of motivated illegal drug entrepreneurs who borrowed the Amway Corporation's successful pyramid marketing strategy to spread drug use throughout the country. Illegal drug trafficking exacts a terrible cost in lives and money. Conversely, America experiences a steady decline in the per capita consumption of nicotine and alcohol. Little crime is associated with this legitimate market. But, illegal drug profits have created the world's greatest criminal enterprise which has corrupted every institution of this nation.

    Alcohol prohibition was determined to be a failure and repealed after 13 years. With repeal, Al Capone, bootleggers, hijackers, Tommy-guns, moonshiners, speakeasies and "flaming youth" all faded from the scene. America will experience a similar return to normalcy with drug legalization.

    Colonel Dowd presents a bold plan to lead America out of its drug morass and presents historical evidence to verify his strategy. The book refutes the government's self-serving declaration that only prohibition can control drugs. Read the facts and draw your own conclusions. "The Enemy Is Us" unveils the enemy at home and calls for an end to the government's mad rush toward a police state. No bureaucrat can save your children from the drug habit-only they can do that for themselves. ... Read more


    20. Rhetoric in the War on Drugs
    by William N. Elwood
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    Asin: 0275947092
    Catlog: Book (1994-06-30)
    Publisher: Praeger Publishers
    Sales Rank: 1508256
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    While much has been written on illicit drug use, policy, and drugs' relationship to crime, this study examines the drug war as most Americans have experienced it--through mass-mediated rhetoric: presidential drug war declarations, news stories and hype, public service announcements, and the like. Such rhetoric influences public opinion about illegal drugs, drug users, presidents, and the drug war itself. And according to this author, such rhetoric is also used as a public relations campaign designed to increase the popularity of government officials and to assure quiescence regarding particular policy programs. This study demonstrates the underestimated influence of rhetoric, political uses of public relations and the powerful influence they have on public opinion and the policy process. ... Read more


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