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Cocaine nation : how the white trade took over the world
Feiling, Tom.
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First Pegasus Books cloth edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Pegasus Books : Distributed by W.W. Norton, 2010.

Physical Description:
xvi, 350 pages ; 24 cm
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.
General Note:
Originally published as: The candy machine : how cocaine took over the world. London : Penguin, 2009.
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.
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