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Drug Crazy: How We Got into This Mess and How We Can Get Out Six Years In The Making, Drug Crazy Offers A Gripping Account Of The Stunning Violence, Corruption, And Chaos That Have Characterized America S Drug War Since Its Inception In 1914 Weaving A Provocative Analogy Between The Drug Scene Today And The Failure Of Prohibition In The 1920s, Drug Crazy Argues That The Greatest Danger We Face Is Prohibition Itself While The Target Of Our Nation S Controlled Substance Laws May Have Shifted From Hooch To Heroin, The Impact On Society Discriminatory Policing, Demonization Of The Users, Graft And Grandstanding Among Lawmakers And Lawbreakers Is An Instant Replay Instead Of Al Capone, We Have Larry Hoover Of Chicago S Gangster Disciples Running A Multimillion Dollar Drug Syndicate From His Prison Cell In Joliet In A Riveting Account Of How We Got Here, Conventional Wisdom Is Turned On Its Head, And We Find That Rather Than A Planned Assault On The Scourge Of Addiction, The Drug War Happened Almost By Accident But Has Been Continually Exploited By Political Opportunists From The Explosive Opening Montage Of Undercover Cops Caught In A Shoot Out On Chicago S South Side To A Humid Courtroom In Malaysia Where A Young American Faced Death By Hanging For Possession Of Marijuana, Drug Crazy Takes Us To The Front Lines Of The War On Drugs And Introduces Us To A Cast Of Villains And Heroes, Profiteers And Victims Among Them Pauline Morton Sabin, A Republican Aristocrat Who Administered The Coup De Gr Ce To Prohibition By Leading A Million Women Into The Arms Of The Democrats Harry Anslinger, A Former Railroad Cop Who Guided The Bureau Of Narcotics Through Five Administrations And Engineered Some Of The Most Enduring And Pernicious Myths Of The Drug War Pablo Escobar Gaviria, The Colombian Kingpin Who Nailed A Suspected Informer With A Bomb Killing Him Along With A Hundred Innocent Airline Passengers From The Men And Women In The Forward Trenches, Drug Crazy Brings Back A Grim Report The Situation Is Deteriorating On All Fronts In A Sobering Tally Of The Cost In Crime, Human Suffering, And Cold, Hard Cash, It Documents The Failure Of Crop Eradication In The Source Countries, The Hopeless Task Of Sealing The Border, And The Violent World Of The Major Players We See The Steady Erosion Of The Bill Of Rights And A Grinding Criminal Justice Mill So Overwhelmed That It S Running A Night Shift We Do, However, Get A Glimpse Of A Way Out Of This Swamp Lessons From Europe And From Our Own Experience Are Pointing Us Toward Higher Ground In Drug Crazy, Mike Gray Has Launched A Frontal Assault On America S Drug War Orthodoxy, And His Frightening Overview Of The Battlefield Makes It Clear This Urgent Debate Must Begin Now.


10 thoughts on “Drug Crazy: How We Got into This Mess and How We Can Get Out

  1. says:

    Please read this book if you believe drugs should be illegal It will change your mind In short, Gray argues that the impetus behind this nation s prohibition on drugs wasn t science, wasn t facts, wasn t common sense it was racism, fear mongering, bullying, and lies That was news to me He also makes an ar


  2. says:

    Best book on drug war.


  3. says:

    This is a pretty entertaining book about the history of our drug war and prohibition Although I knew most of the things in it already, the author wrote about it in an engaging way and I learned a lot of new stuff anyway The way the author ties these times to the era of alcohol prohibition is especially enlightening, as well


  4. says:

    Well written and it definitely highlights the problems with the war on drugs It is amazing how much of the current US drug policy appears to be derived from made up numbers and political expediency However, I am not sure if the author is balanced in their view of the medical establishment The book lauds doctors who have been involved


  5. says:

    Interesting book, material a little dated since it came out in 1998, but easy to understand for an avid fan of The Wire, as the author talks about the ports and the buy bust mentality of law enforcement And there was an experiement to push all drug use to one particular area, you don t say Probably where David Simon got the idea The author had


  6. says:

    One might expect that a book written almost twenty years ago on the drug war would be relatively out of date today The fact that it isn t is yet another data point in defense of the claims of the book Despite the massive amounts of money and political capital spent on the drug war, things don t change Drug Crazy is not an argument that drugs are not as b


  7. says:

    This book was pretty good Good facts and figures about the drug war, although the style it was written in wasn t always compelling There are other books that do a better job of keeping the reader engaged I do recommend this to anyone willing to read about the subject, though It wasn t too difficult to read, seemed to be pretty well footnoted, and for the most part


  8. says:

    Excellent historical review of the public perceptions and governmental interventions in the drug problem Gives a rundown of how the drug wars have played out on our streets and those of other countries Very readable, in an appalling way Clearly exdplains how everything the government has done to fight the war on drugs has benefited dealers, drug...


  9. says:

    Drug Crazy How We Got Into This Mess How We Can Get Out by Mike Gray Random House 1998 363.45 Here is an interesting recounting of the history of America s drug laws along with the personalities and policies that have led to our current state of laws and law enforcement From Harry Anslinger thr...


  10. says:

    Despite reading a 1998 edition, I consider it a good book It helped me get the picture of when and how DRUGS became a problem for US I think the analogy the author makes with the history of alcohol Prohibition, helps understand how the drug problem is growing and why I definitely believe that Mr Gra...


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