Cocaine

An Unauthorized Biography

Dominic Streatfeild

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The story of cocaine isn’t just about crime and profit; it’s about psychoanalysis, about empire building, about exploitation, emancipation, and, ultimately, about power. To tell the story of the twentieth century without reference to this drug and its contribution is to miss a vital and fascinating strand of social history. Streatfeild examines the story of cocaine from its first medical uses to the worldwide chaos it causes today. His research takes him from the arcane reaches of the British Library to the isolation cells of America’s most secure prisons; from the crackhouses of New York to the jungles of Bolivia and Colombia.

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Praise for Cocaine

“[Streatfeild] is an excellent storyteller....This book is a great read.” —The Seattle Times

“[Streatfeild’s] smartly woven narrative winningly expands the narcotic’s résumé beyond overdose horror stories.” —GQ

“A thrilling ride through exotic territory...Streatfeild’s animated writing style...makes for an exciting read.” —Time Out New York

“A breezy history...often arresting, sometimes sobering.” —The Washington Post

“That [Streatfeild] succeeds in delivering this large order is amazing enough, but that he does so with such style and good humor is miraculous.” —BookPage

“A fascinating and richly detailed story...Streatfeild delivers a straight tale about a world where nothing is as it seems.” —Publishers Weekly

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Dominic Streatfeild

Dominic Streatfeild is a documentary film producer and writer. He lives in London, England

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Cocaine
An Unauthorized Biography
Dominic Streatfeild

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
July 2003
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312422264
ISBN10: 0312422261
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 536 pages, Includes eight pages of black-and-white photographs
$20.00
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