The Strength of the Wolf: The Secret History of America's War on Drugs

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Verso, 2004 - History - 554 pages
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The Strength of the Wolf presents for the first time a definitive history of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN) from its birth in 1930 until its wrenching termination in 1968. Carefully and extensively documented, the book is based largely on interviews with former FBN agents, and in this respect The Strength of the Wolf represents a new chapter in American history, one that introduces a cast of fabulous characters.

Douglas Valentine tells how the FBN's premier case-making agents penetrated the arcane world of international drug trafficking and, by uncovering the Establishment's ties to organized crime, brought about their own demise. As the book reveals in startling detail, the CIA and FBI were often protecting the FBN's major targets in the Mafia and the French Corsican underworld. The CIA and its Nationalist Chinese allies were found to be the largest drug-trafficking syndicate in the world, but for political and national security reasons, the FBN was prevented from investigating this overarching conspiracy.
 

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This is a fascinating, ultimately depressing book on the real War on Drugs. Dealing primarily with the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN), a hopelessly underfunded, overworked division of law ... Read full review

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Before the Drug Enforcement Administration was created in 1973, before the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs was founded in 1968, the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN) served as the country's ... Read full review

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Contents

THE BIRTH OF A BUREAU
6
THE COMMISSIONER AND HIS CLIQUE
17
ANSLINGERS ANGST
34
INSIDE THE FBN
50
GODS WORK
66
CREATING A CRIME
81
CONTINENTAL CAPERS
98
THE BEIRUT OFFICE
115
THE FRENCH CONNECTION
263
VALACHI
280
THE FBN AND THE ASSASSINATION OF JFK
300
NO INNOCENTS ABROAD
319
THE EVE OF DESTRUCTION
338
THE NEW FRENCH CONNECTION
358
THE NEW BARBARIANS
379
THE LAW OFTHE JUNGLE
397

THE SECRET POLICEMAN
127
TRUE DETECTIVES
142
ST MICHAELS SERGEANT AT ARMS
158
GANGBUSTERS
173
ANGLOPHILES AND FRANCOPHOBES
190
A SHOOFLY IN THE OINTMENT
209
THE MAGIC BUTTON
222
MAKING THE MAFIA
236
AGGRAVATING EDGAR BOBBY KENNEDY AND THE FBN
249
GOLDEN TRIANGLE ENTERPRISES
414
MY ONLY FRIEND
433
ANDYS GANG
440
EPILOGUE
455
APPENDIX
471
NOTES
479
INDEX
515
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Douglas Valentine has lectured and appeared on TV and radio talk shows, testified as an expert witness, served as a documentary film consultant and worked as a private investigator. His previous books include The Hotel Tacloban, The Phoenix Program and TDY.

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