Cocaine: An Unauthorized Biography
The story of cocaine isn't just about crime and profit; it's 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 America's most secure prisons; from the crackhouses of New York to the jungles of Bolivia and Colombia.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - col2910 - LibraryThing
Blurb...... The story of cocaine isn’t just about crime and profit; it’s about psychoanalysis, about empire building, about exploitation, emancipation, and, ultimately, about power. To tell the story ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - BakuDreamer - LibraryThing
The first three chapters were exactly the information I was looking for, then it digressed into other areas. This guy was hoping to do some ' gonzo ' journalism I think ( that just doesn't work when you're British, sorry ) Read full review