The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade, Afghanistan, Southeast Asia, Central America, Colombia

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Lawrence Hill Books, 2003 - Political Science - 710 pages
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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.

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The iconographic work on the drug trade in Southeast Asia and the narco state that was South Vietnam. The corruption and trafficking is so pervasive it seems overwhelming. A monumental work.

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User Review  - Justin Podur - Goodreads

I learned a lot from this excellent and thoroughly researched book, which shows that covert operations and the drug trade are inextricably linked. The case he takes on is Southeast Asia during the Vietnam war, but the same thing happened in Latin America and in Afghanistan. Terrific book. Read full review


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About the author (2003)

Alfred W. McCoy is a professor of history at the University of Wisconsin?Madison. 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.

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