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Drug Wars: An Oral History from the Trenches Hardcover – May, 1992


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Co; 1st edition (May 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688095488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688095482
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,875,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This oral history adds virtually nothing to the general reader's understanding of addiction and the drug trade. The addicts' stories, each about a page in length, are harrowing, those of law enforcement officers colorful and the greed of the dealers demonstrably great. But while the many details, some grisly, serve to fill in the street scene, the authors provide little exposition, analysis or context for the accounts and no validation of their accuracy. Wells ( 444 Days: The Hostages Remember ) and Triplett ( The Flowering of the Bamboo ) state, "We have tried not to pass judgment or recommend solutions--only to listen and learn, with the hope that hidden truths will emerge." The book is not without interest, but readers may find its intentional inconclusiveness frustrating.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

The past few years have seen a flurry of books dealing with the national drug problem; most only cover one aspect, such as trafficking, prevention, or law enforcement. In this riveting and extremely enlightening book, Wells and Triplett instead cover all areas, and quite comprehensively, weaving a complex and amazing tapestry from their interviews with those directly involved in all areas of the drug war. Dealers, recreational users, addicts, prisoners, and drug agents, among others, tell their stories, such as the addict who lost his job and wife, and said from prison, "crack is all I got left. It's the only thing in the world that can still make me feel good." Their gritty and eloquent words will help readers to see the drug crisis as it affects individuals, not just society in the abstract. A truly outstanding work, very highly recommended for all public and academic collections.
- Sally G. Waters, Stetson Law Lib., St. Petersburg, Fla.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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