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

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

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By (author) Eric Schlosser

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  • Publisher: Mariner Books
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 206mm x 22mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Boston, MA
  • ISBN 10: 0618446702
  • ISBN 13: 9780618446704
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 305,671

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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 risque 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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"Reefer Madness is earnest, impassioned, and assiduously researched."