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

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


By (author) Douglas Valentine

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  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Format: Hardback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 231mm x 46mm | 998g
  • Publication date: 17 May 2004
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1859845681
  • ISBN 13: 9781859845684
  • Illustrations note: 25 b/w illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,523,714

Product description

The Strength of the Wolf is the first complete history of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN), which existed from 1930 until its wrenching termination in 1968. The most successful federal law enforcement agency ever, the FBN was populated by some of the most amazing characters in American history, many of whom the author interviewed for this book. Working as undercover agents and with mercenary informers around the globe, these freewheeling 'case-making' agents penetrated the Mafia and the French connection, breaking all the rules in the process, and uncovering the Establishment's ties to organized crime. Targeted by the FBI and the CIA, the case-makers were, ironically, victims of their own fabulous success in hunting down society's predators. An incredible, never-before-told story, The Strength of the Wolf provides a new, exciting, and revealing chapter in American history.

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Author information

Douglas Valentine lives with his wife Alice in Western Massachusetts. He is the author of three previous books: The Hotel Tacloban, The Phoenix Program and TDY.

Review quote

"The Strength of the Wolf is a ground-breaking work of investigative reprting that kept me up half the night. An expose of the never-ending lap-dance between organized crime and the national security establishment, Doug Valentine's book is a torch held high in the Labyrinths of America's secret history." - Jim Hougan, author of Spooks and Secret Agenda "A thoroughly engrossing, thoroughly researched and thoroughly appalling look at what's really behind our ill-fated 'War on Drugs'. If the history presented here is any model for the future, our grandchildren (and theirs) will be locked into the same hopeless position in which we find ourselves today: war without end." - Gary Webb, author of Dark Alliance: the CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion "The Strength of the Wolf is a remarkable early history of America's war on drugs, as well as the Federal Bureau of Narcotics' war against the Mafia - long before J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI even acknowledged its existence. Doug Valentine has performed and admirable and important public service by pulling all of this information together." - Dan Moldea, author of The Hoffa Wars "A rollercoaster ride of a read! Douglas Valentine carries us from a brutal murder in a New York hotel room to a squalid CIA power grab forty years later - by way of Lucky Luciano, Dallas, the jungles of Vietnam, and the apprenticeship of the Watergate burglars. A Herculean exploration of the dark world of drugs and law enforcement." - Anthony Summers, author of The Arrogance of Power