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Cocaine

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Cocaine has started wars, prompted invasions, embarrassed politicians, toppled governments, filled prisons, created billionaires, fuelled parties, bankrupted countries and taken thousands of lives. All because of a small, unremarkable-looking shrub. Dominic Streatfeild's highly-praised and comprehensive study examines the history of the world's most popular, most problematic drug, from its origins with the Incas, to early enthusiasts including Freud, and the multi-million pound industry it is today. His journey takes him from the darkest corners of the British Library to the isolation cells of America's most secure prisons, from the crack houses of New York to the deepest jungles of South America, as he meets the economists, scientists, law enforcers, historians and traffickers who are involved in policing - and running - the cocaine trade.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 128 x 190 x 38mm | 399.17g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1x8 b/w illustration section
  • 0753506270
  • 9780753506271
  • 348,369

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"'STICK YOUR HOOTER INTO THIS VOLUME AND YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO STOP UNTIL YOU'VE SNIFFED OUT ALL OF ITS CONTENTS' TIME OUT 'A definitive history' Sunday Times 'A happy combination of page-turning pace and thought-provoking substance' Independent 'Streatfeild has done a marvellous job of research... outstanding' Irish Times"show more

About Dominic Streatfeild

Dominic Streatfeild is a TV producer/researcher, also involved in Channel 4's documentary on cocaine (September 2004). His books, Silk Route by Rail and Trans-Siberian Handbook were both shortlisted for the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award.show more

Back cover copy

One innocuous-looking shrub has started wars, prompted invasions, embarrassed politicians, toppled governments, filled prisons, created billionaires, fuelled parties, bankrupted countries and taken thousands of lives. From coca to cocaine - this is the story of one of the world's most popular, most problematic drugs. Dominic Streatfeild's journey into the heart of the cocaine trade takes him from the drug's first medical use by the Incas to the isolation cells of America's most secure prisons, from the crack houses of New York to the deepest jungles of South America. Join him and meet the economists, scientists, law enforcers and traffickers who study, police and run this multi-million pound industry. 'An awesome survey' Independent 'The best volume on charlie for years...addictive' Observer 'The most comprehensive and intelligent history of cocaine available today...' The Times 'Stick your hooter into this volume and you won't be able to stop until you've sniffed out all of its contents' Time Outshow more

Review Text

"The most comprehensive and intelligent history of cocaine available today"show more

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798 ratings
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4 38% (300)
3 15% (119)
2 2% (15)
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