Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market

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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

Review: Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market

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Fascinating triptych of articles from the author of Fast Food Nation. Schlosser has an enviable way of braiding facts, meticulous research, reportage and anecdotes into a speedy, punchy read. The ... Read full review

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User Review  - Gem Campagna - Goodreads

After reading Fast Food Nation, I was looking forward to this book. Although parts of it were eye-opening and educational, I felt the pornography section was drawn-out and tedious. If it wasn't for ... Read full review

Contents

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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About the author (2004)

Eric Schlosser is a correspondent for the Atlantic. His work has also appeared in Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, the Nation, and The New Yorker. He has received a National Magazine Award and a Sidney Hillman Foundation Award for reporting. In 1998 Schlosser wrote an investigative piece on the fast food industry for Rolling Stone. What began as a two-part article for the magazine turned into the New York Times bestseller Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal. His other books include Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market and Chew on This: Everything You Don’t Want to Know About Fast Food, a children’s book he cowrote with Charles Wilson.

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