Get The Real Dope on Drugs (Part One)
How The U.S. Government Created America’s Drug Problem (Amazon book list)
CIA, NATO and the Great Heroin Coup: How Miami Became the Center of International Fascism and the Murder of President Kennedy, By Cynthia Chung
The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia, by Alfred W. McCoy
The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia, is a non-fiction book on heroin trafficking in Southeast Asia, which covers the period from World War II to the Vietnam War. Published in 1972, the book was the product of eighteen months of research and at least one trip to Laos by the principal author, Alfred W. McCoy. McCoy wrote Politics of Heroin while seeking a PhD in Southeast Asian history at Yale University. Cathleen B. Read (a graduate student who spent time in the region during the war) and Leonard P. Adams II are also listed as co-authors. Arguably, Politics of Heroin’s most notable feature was its documentation of CIA complicity and aid to the Southeast Asian opium/heroin trade. The CIA actively tried to suppress this book, and the rigorous research McCoy undertook to compile and compose its explosive contents. This volume established McCoy as the premier authoritative expert in this area of scholarly research.
McCoy later updated and expanded his research, and published The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade
The first book to prove CIA and U.S. government complicity in global drug trafficking, The Politics of Heroin, includes meticulous documentation of dishonesty and dirty dealings at the highest levels from the Cold War until today. Maintaining a global perspective, this groundbreaking study details the mechanics of drug trafficking in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and South and Central America. New chapters detail U.S. involvement in the narcotics trade in Afghanistan and Pakistan before and after the fall of the Taliban, and how U.S. drug policy in Central America and Colombia has increased the global supply of illicit drugs. I had an opportunity to discuss his scholarly endeavors with Dr. McCoy several years ago.
American War Machine: Deep Politics, the CIA Global Drug Connection, and the Road to Afghanistan by Peter Dale Scott
This provocative, thoroughly researched book explores the covert aspects of U.S. foreign policy. Prominent political analyst Peter Dale Scott marshals compelling evidence to expose the extensive growth of sanctioned but illicit violence in politics and state affairs, especially when related to America’s long-standing involvement with the global drug traffic. Beginning with Thailand in the 1950s, Americans have become inured to the CIA’s alliances with drug traffickers (and their bankers) to install and sustain right-wing governments. The pattern has repeated itself in Laos, Vietnam, Italy, Mexico, Thailand, Nigeria, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Panama, Honduras, Turkey, Pakistan, and now Afghanistan to name only those countries dealt with in this book. Scott shows that the relationship of U.S. intelligence operators and agencies to the global drug traffic, and to other international criminal networks, deserves greater attention in the debate over the U.S. presence in Afghanistan. To date, America’s government and policies have done more to foster than to curtail the drug trade. The so-called war on terror, and in particular the war in Afghanistan, constitutes only the latest chapter in this disturbing story.
Get The Real Dope on Drugs (Part Two) —
Opium and the Politics of Gangsterism in
Nationalist China, 1927–1945, by Jonathan Marshall
T. V. Soong in Modern Chinese History: A Look At His Role in Sino-American Relations in World War II, by Tai-chun Kuo and Hsiao-ting Lin
The Soong Dynasty, by Sterling Seagrave
The Looting of Asia — Chalmers Johnson review article
Gold Warriors: America’s Secret Recovery of Yamashita’s Gold by Sterling Seagrave and Peggy Seagrave
Dirty Wars: French and American Piaster Profiteering in
Indochina, 1945-75, by Jonathan Marshall
Cooking the Books: The Federal Bureau of Narcotics, the
China Lobby and Cold War Propaganda, 1950-1962, by Jonathan Marshall
Yakuza: The Warlords of Japanese Organized
Crime, Lt. Bruce A. Gragert
David A. Kaplan, Yakuza: The Explosive Account of Japan’s Criminal Underworld
Warlords of Crime: Chinese Secret Societies–The New Mafia, by Gerald Posner
Martin Booth, The Dragon Syndicates: The Global Phenomenon of the Triads.
The Continued Failure of the War on Drugs – Cato Institute
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