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The following sources are recommended by a professor whose research specialty is the prohibition of illegal narcotics.


Six Superlative Sources

· David F. Musto, 1983. The American Disease: Origins of Narcotic Control. Yale University Press. Superlative; probably the most cited study.

· Mark A. R. Kleiman, 1992. Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results. Basic Books. Superlative example of thorough policy analysis and advocacy; shows mastery of field.

· Dan Baum. 1996. Smoke and Mirrors: The War on Drugs and the Politics of Failure. Little Brown. Based on interviews with the decision makers under Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush and Carter. The only author to interview participants; shows context and goals of decisions made over time.

· Alfred W. McCoy. 1991. The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia. Lawrence Hill. The earlier edition, which was his doctoral dissertation, is almost better, in that it is more cautionary about the role of the CIA in narcotics trafficking. This edition becomes more explosive and strident but includes Southwest Asia. Based on field research in Southeast Asia, analyzes the connections between the French and the U.S. governments in relation to illicit drug trade. Controversial but exceptionally well documented.

· William O. Walker III. 1991. Opium and Foreign Policy: The Anglo-American Search for Order in Asia, 1912-1954. UNC Press. Thorough exposition of the role of narcotics in broader foreign policy over several decades.

· LaMond Tullis. 1995. Unintended Consequences: Illegal Drugs and Drug Policies in Nine Countries. Lynne Rienner, vol. 4 of Studies on the Impact of the Illegal Drug Trade; all volumes are good but this one is superb.

Other Excellent Sources

· Rensselaer W. Lee III. 1989. White Labyrinth: Cocaine and Political Power. Transaction.

· Kettil Brunn, L. Pan, I. Rexed. 1975, The Gentlemen's Club: International Control of Drugs and Alcohol. University of Chicago Press.

· Jerald W. Cloyd. 1982. Drugs and Information Control: The Role of Men and Manipulation in the Control of Drug Trafficking. Greenwood Press.

· Journal of Policy History, V. 3, N. 4, 1991. Entire issue is devoted to narcotics policy, with excellent articles by Kinder, McWilliams, Walker, Marshall, McAllister, et al.

· Ethan Nadelmann. 1993. Cops Across Borders: Internationalization of U.S. Criminal Law Enforcement. Pennsylvania State University Press.

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