"Cracked Coverage is more than a brilliant and provocative study of televised discourse on cocaine in American society during the 1980s. Campbell and Reeves take what could have been another narrow study of the way network news represents the current drug crisis and turn it into a remarkable examination of race, class, and gender under the Reagan years."—Robin D. G. Kelley, University of Michigan
"Cracked Coverage weaves together an impressive range of social and cultural developments in order to reconstruct the political context of 1980s America and the place of television within it. By starting with and focusing on television news’ coverage of the ‘drug crisis’ and the ‘war on drugs,’ the book is able to draw into the argument everything from debates over modernity and new economic developments to questions of surveillance and spectacle, from narrative theory to Foucault, from the nuclear family and feminism to Nancy Reagan. The result is one of the most compelling and original analyses of the rise of the New Right and of the role of the media in this campaign."—Lawrence Grossberg, University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign
"This is a pathbreaking, often brilliant book that every journalist, ‘drug expert,’ and elected and unelected policy maker in the U. S. should be forced to read."—Craig Reinarman, University of California, Santa Cruz
About the Author
Jimmie L. Reeves is Associate Professor of Mass Communication at Texas Tech University.
Richard Campbell is Director of the Journalism Program and Miami University and the author of 60 Minutes and the News.