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Too High to Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution Paperback – July 2, 2013
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— Bill Maher, The New York Times Book Review
Praise for Too High to Fail:
"Fine examines how the American people have borne the massive economic and social expenditures of the failed Drug War, which is 'as unconscionably wrong for America as segregation and DDT.' A captivating, solidly documented work rendered with wit and humor."
— Kirkus (Starred Review)
"In his entertaining new book...[Fine] successfully illuminates an unusual world where cannabis growers sing “Happy Birthday” to [friendly law enforcement] while crossing their fingers against the threat of federal raids.This informative book will give even hardened drug warriors pause."
— Publishers Weekly
Praise for Farewell, My Subaru:
“Fine is a…storyteller in the mold of…Douglas Adams. If you’re a fan of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy-style humor — and also looking to find out how to raise your own livestock to feed your ice-cream fetish — Farewell, My Subaru may prove a vital tool.”
— Washington Post
“[Fine] is Bryson funny.”
— Santa Cruz Sentinel
“This is Green Acres for the smart set—a witty and educational look at sustainable living. Buy it, read it, compost it.”
— AJ Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically
“A chuckle or a wry grin is waiting on every page, if not each paragraph. It’s the kind of humor that builds gradually, that sneaks up on you with such stealth that you hardly even realize what a good time you’re having until it’s all over. By the end of Farewell, My Subaru you can think of nothing that would seem like more fun than hanging out at Fine’s ranch, vainly striving to keep his goats from eating the rose bushes. Think James Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small — updated as appropriate for the iPod generation.”
"Well-researched.... eye-opening and persuasive." — Bill Maher, The New York Times Book Review
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The book is NOT propaganda as another reviewer claims, but it is obviously written from the point of view of someone who was interested enough in cannabis to move his family to CA to research it. The title of the book is forthright and explains the viewpoint right from the start. Doug Fine writes in a very honest and straightforward way and I found the book to be extremely interesting and informative.
While written in a journalistic style, you do get that it was really becoming a personal crusade for Doug to bring people to the understanding that prohibition in this country, and the world as a whole, is nothing short of ignorance and misinformation. It reads like a story that takes a lot of side trips to explain facts and fiction about cannabis uses, medicinally and industrially, now as well as throughout the ages. He provides information that enables understanding of how deep the issues of cannabis prohibition run, who the players are on both sides of the issue and what stake they have in this political game.Read more ›
Doug Fine has a good ear for language and a good eye for detail. He writes clearly and with humor. He is a part of the story but he doesn't make himself the center of the action. He's a bit (and here he may wince) like the "John Mcphee" of dope. The story is written about Mendocino County and how the attitudes towards cannabis have evolved over the years. It has transformed the region, brought it wealth and controversy in equal measures.
For some people, not all, cannabis is a wonder drug. It relieves pain, anxiety and can help with the side effects of other drug treatments. It is also a useful plant in preventative health (and when unheated has NO psychoactive effects whatsoever.) Fine presents a good overview of the crazy and destructive contradictory policies that are playing out in California and around the country. He sees an eventual drug peace. Prohibition does not work. It is an expensive failure that destroys much more than it saves. Prohibition fuels the Mexican drug cartels and for that reason alone it should be ended.
The book is easy to read. The characters come to life. There are photos in the back so you can see the plant he follows from seedling to harvest.
I found out about Doug's book when listening to the c-realm podcast by KMO. Highly recommended and soberly recommended as well.
The tone of the book is positive and presented - for about the first two-thirds of the work - by a subtle, effective delivery system. Unfortunately, the book becomes more and more strident towards the end. The odd inclusion of liberalism as supporting cannabis growth (which it doesn't), and other political strangeness derails the ending - at least for me.
Doug Fine is a very good writer, and this book is one of his best works. I've read others and ... well, he and I see things differently when it comes to certain subjects. Rather than going off on a rant about the "economic benefits of cannabis to the country" like a previous reviewer did (which really wasn't a review of the book as much as it was a personal view of cannabis economy), I recommend that the reader pick up this book, and make up his own mind about the benefits or disadvantages of this Controlled Substances Act Schedule I plant.
Too High To Fail really isn't a "must read" for anyone who is thinking about the economic situation in this country; it's a "must read" for anyone who wonders about cannabis, cannabis enforcement, and how the plant goes from cutting to patient.Read more ›
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This is a book that America needs to read. The costs of the misguided marijuana policy in our society are huge. Mr. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Eric Szaloczi
This is an interesting view into the corporate side of cannabis in a very readable style. Although some what overtaken by recent events in Colorado law, this book is still a solid... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lawrence H.
I'm not a fan of the author's writing style (too autobiographical), but the book is interesting and fun to read. A lot of good information here about the business.Published 6 months ago by Michael L. Kent
It's past time for the Drug War to end. Cannabis and all of it's uses are here to stay. We as a country need this to move forward. Read morePublished 12 months ago by James E Gaydos
Very interesting book that mainly focuses on Mendocino County, California that legalized marijuana cultivation and the farmers that are dedicated to bringing a high quality product... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Carol Palmer
Interesting book but not very well written. I would keep searching and buy a different book.Published 13 months ago by G. Dix
My third Fine book. The favorite by far being "Farewell..."__ he is best when telling stories of his personal experiences, which are funny and inspiring. Read morePublished 14 months ago by C. Kennedy
I have been away from the Cannabis scene for over 25 years while serving in the Military and found that what I left back in the 70's is quite different today. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mike1677