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Narconomics: How to Run a Drug Cartel Hardcover – February 23, 2016
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An Amazon Best Book of February 2016: Chances are when you hear someone talking about the drug trade what comes to mind is an image from T.V. or the movies—seedy dealers, million-dollar busts, films like Traffic and shows like The Wire. In Narconomics, author Tom Wainwright looks at the drug business as…a business. And it’s fascinating. We already know how internet shopping has changed the way people buy and sell goods, but in the course of his research Wainwright learned that all manner of illegal drugs are increasingly being bought and sold online, too. Interesting, right? Just wait until you read how customer service and product quality have been impacted by this change… And this is just one of the many ways in which an economist’s view paints a very different picture than the one we’re used to seeing. Wainwright’s fresh look at a decades-old problem shows not only how the narcotics industry is run, but also how the “war on drugs” could be more effective if law enforcement started thinking about the drug business as just another corporate jungle. --Seira Wilson
A lively and engaging book, informed by both dogged reporting and gleanings from academic research...”Wall Street Journal
"A cracking read."Reuters
"One of the most exciting business books of the last few years."Management Today
"Tom Wainwright has powerfully argued in favor of legalizing drugs. He says that the policies aimed at stifling the drug trade seem to be misdirected and have failed... a controversial but well-argued book... a must-read for everyone interested in solving the drug issue. Wainwright makes a lot of sense at a time when the world seems helpless against drug traffickers."The Washington Book Review
Narconomics is the book that Sean Penn wanted to write. Tom Wainwright may not have interviewed Joaquin El Chapo” Guzman, but he did talk to drug kingpins every bit as ruthless and intimidating in writing this book [and] he makes a convincing case [Narconomics] presents an incisive look into a worldwide problem. Few Americans have escaped the corrosive influence of the drug trade on a family member or friend; this book explains the magnitude of the problem.”The Washington Times
Tom Wainwright of the Economist brings a fine and balanced analytical mind to some very good research ”Minneapolis Star Tribune
Narconomics: How to Run a Drug Cartel could not have come at a more pertinent time The Economist's former Mexico City correspondent offers some needed context to the region wide debate over drug policy.”Americas Quarterly
[Wainwright's] book is courageous on several levels [he] challenges everyone at oncethe dealers, the drug czars, and the bystanders in between. A daring work of investigative journalism and a well-reasoned argument for smarter drug policies.”Kirkus Reviews
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Whether your interest is in the romanticized "wild west" nature of the Narcos and the ingenious ways they attempt to stay ahead of law enforcement, the foreign policy that has guided and shaped the War on Drugs (including the future entrepreneurs like Starboy), or the drugs themselves...Narconomics is a fun and easy read from what seems to be a reliable source who saw the Narco landscape shift control from South American cartels to Mexican gangs.
You will never look at the news reports on drugs the same after reading this book.