Cocaine: An Unauthorized Biography

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Macmillan, Jul 1, 2003 - History - 536 pages
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The story of cocaine isnít just about crime and profit; itís about psychoanalysis, about empire building, about exploitation, emancipation, and, ultimately, about power. To tell the story of the twentieth century without reference to this drug and its contribution is to miss a vital and fascinating strand of social history. Streatfeild examines the story of cocaine from its first medical uses to the worldwide chaos it causes today. His research takes him from the arcane reaches of the British Library to the isolation cells of Americaís most secure prisons; from the crackhouses of New York to the jungles of Bolivia and Colombia.
  

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Excellent writing and great topic for consideration. - Goodreads
Educational, instructive, thought provoking. - Goodreads
Streatfield is a riveting non-fiction writer. - Goodreads
... it was with the research methods. - Goodreads

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beware of the poppy history book. they will suck you in. there wasn't really much wrong with this book. the writer was great at being entertaining and it was well researched. and i agreed with 99% of ... Read full review

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Read it although I didn't really know why in the beginning. But it's certainly a fascinating story. Beginning with coca and the Incas to Freud experimenting with cocaine to the drug smugglers of the ... Read full review

Contents

Introducing Coca
1
De Jussieu Loses His Marbles
37
From Coca to Cocaine
55
The Third Scourge of Humanity
66
Craving for and Fear of Sigmund Freud
105
Patent Cures Snake Oils and Sex
117
Blacks Chinks Coolies and Brits
138
Down But Not Out
174
Crack Man Bites Dog
271
Sandinista
324
The Horsemen of Cocaine
345
Mexico
362
Bolivia
384
Peru
409
Colombia
431
Cocaine
473

Comeback
195
George Carlos and the Cocaine Explosion
211
Pablo Roberto and the Fiances of Death
245

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About the author (2003)

Dominic Streatfeild is a documentary film producer and writer. He lives in London, England

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