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Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in The Global Drug Trade

McCoy, Alfred W.

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ISBN 10: 155652126X / ISBN 13: 9781556521263
Edité par Lawrence Hill Books, Chicago, 1991
Etat : Very Good Couverture rigide
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Binding tight, pages complete. Text contains some light highlighting in isolated sections at rear, some foxing and light soiling of edges. Jacket crisp and bright with some edge wear. [HB#63993] Size: 8vo. N° de réf. du libraire 63993

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Titre : Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in The ...

Éditeur : Lawrence Hill Books, Chicago

Date d'édition : 1991

Reliure : Hard Cover

Illustrateur : N/a

Etat du livre :Very Good

Etat de la jaquette : Very Good

Edition : 1st Edition, 1st Printing.

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Book by McCoy, Alfred W.

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A greatly revised and expanded edition of McCoy's Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia (1972--not reviewed). Though he devotes much of his narrative to a history of modern commerce in narcotics, rather than, as the subtitle indicates, CIA complicity in the drug trade, McCoy tells a fascinating story. He shows that in the ``Golden Triangle'' of Laos, Thailand, and Burma, opium was big business and, often, the only viable form of currency. McCoy argues that, in their efforts to expand their own power in Southeast Asia, American intelligence agents permitted allies of the US (the Hmong tribe in Southeast Asia, for instance, which was vital to the CIA's secret war in Laos and which sold heroin to American GIs) to expand their lucrative drug trade. In the wake of the Vietnam War, McCoy contends, a similar relationship developed between American authorities and the contras of Central America. Drug-enforcement agencies sought the arrest of drug merchants often associated with the contras, while the CIA, viewing the contras as indispensable ideological allies in the war against Communism, did their best to thwart the vaunted ``war on drugs.'' The author produces considerable disturbing evidence that US authorities are guilty at least of complicity in the global drug trade, and argues convincingly that the drug problem at home will not end until a fundamental change is made in American policy. McCoy exposes basic hypocrisy in American policymaking, and demonstrates that, as long as powerful government bureaucracies work at cross-purposes, America's drug problem will not be easily solved. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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