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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This is a meticulously researched*, densely written, fascinating analysis of the covert wars waged by the CIA and its effects--intended or otherwise--on the global drug trade. It's not a quick read ... Read full review

Contents

A History of Heroin
1
Home of the Mafia
24
Americas Heroin Laboratory
46
Copyright

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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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