Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market (Google eBook)

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Apr 1, 2004 - Social Science - 320 pages
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America’s black market is much larger than we realize, and it affects us all deeply, whether or not we smoke pot, rent a risqué 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.
  

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Great read, great insight into the labor market. - Goodreads
I found it hard to read. - Goodreads
It was well researched and well written. - Goodreads
Schlosser is a great writer. - Goodreads
Well researched...frightening information. - Goodreads
Schlosser's research is so good and informative. - Goodreads

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not as engaging as Fast Food Nation, more a collection of essays on separate topics, united I suppose by the common implication that this is your capitalist system at work. Read full review

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An insubstantial book of very specific american interest. The "notes" section is impressively thick and responsibly detailed, although perhaps a little too thick and detailed for such an ... Read full review

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Contents

The Underground
1
1 Reefer Madness
11
2 In the Strawberry Fields
75
3 An Empire of the Obscene
109
Out of the Underground
211
More Madness
223
Notes
241
Bibliography
303
Acknowledgments
313
Index
315
About the Author
338
Back Cover
339
Spine
340
Copyright

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Eric Schlosser is a correspondent for the Atlantic. His work has als

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