Drug Crazy: How We Got Into This Mess and How We Can Get

Six years in the making, Drug Crazy offers a gripping account of the stunning violence, corruption, and chaos that have characterized America s drug war since its inception inWeaving a provocative analogy between the drug scene today and the failure of Prohibition in the s, Drug Crazy argues that the greatest danger we face is prohibition itself While the target of our nation s controlled substance laws may have shifted from hooch to heroin, the impact on society discriminatory policing, demonization of the users, graft and grandstanding among lawmakers and lawbreakers is an instant replay Instead of Al Capone, we have Larry Hoover of Chicago s Gangster Disciples running a multimillion dollar drug syndicate from his prison cell in Joliet In a riveting account of how we got here, conventional wisdom is turned on its head, and we find that rather than a planned assault on the scourge of addiction, the drug war happened almost by accident but has been continually exploited by political opportunists From the explosive opening montage of undercover cops caught in a shoot out on Chicago s South Side to a humid courtroom in Malaysia where a young American faced death by hanging for possession of marijuana, Drug Crazy takes us to the front lines of the war on drugs and introduces us to a cast of villains and heroes, profiteers and victims Among them Pauline Morton Sabin, a Republican aristocrat who administered the coup de gr ce to Prohibition by leading a million women into the arms of the Democrats Harry Anslinger, a former railroad cop who guided the Bureau of Narcotics through five administrations and engineered some of the most enduring and pernicious myths of the drug war Pablo Escobar Gaviria, the Colombian kingpin who nailed a suspected informer with a bomb killing him along with a hundred innocent airline passengers From the men and women in the forward trenches, Drug Crazy brings back a grim report The situation is deteriorating on all fronts In a sobering tally of the cost in crime, human suffering, and cold, hard cash, it documents the failure of crop eradication in the source countries, the hopeless task of sealing the border, and the violent world of the major players We see the steady erosion of the Bill of Rights and a grinding criminal justice mill so overwhelmed that it s running a night shift We do, however, get a glimpse of a way out of this swamp Lessons from Europe and from our own experience are pointing us toward higher ground In Drug Crazy, Mike Gray has launched a frontal assault on America s drug war orthodoxy, and his frightening overview of the battlefield makes it clear this urgent debate must begin now Drug Crazy: How We Got Into This Mess and How We Can Get Out

About the Author: Mike Gray

Harold Michael Mike Gray October 26, 1935 April 30, 2013 1 was an American writer, screenwriter, cinematographer, film producer and director Gray s books include The Warning 1982 , about the accident at Three Mile IslandDrug Crazy How we got into this mess and how we can get out 1998 Angle of Attack 1992 , a biography of Harrison Storms which also details America s race to the moonThe Death Game The luck of the draw 2003 Busted 2004 , a book about the USA s drug war Wikipedia

10 thoughts on “Drug Crazy: How We Got Into This Mess and How We Can Get Out

  1. says:

    Please read this book if you believe drugs should be illegal It will change your mind In short, Gray argues that the impetus behind this nation s prohibition on drugs wasn t science, wasn t facts, wasn t common sense it was racism, fear mongering, bullying, and lies That was news to me He also makes an argument that, for me, is glaringly obvious that the drug war is a complete waste

  2. says:

    Best book on drug war.

  3. says:

    This is a pretty entertaining book about the history of our drug war and prohibition Although I knew most of the things in it already, the author wrote about it in an engaging way and I learned a lot of new stuff anyway The way the author ties these times to the era of alcohol prohibition is especially enlightening, as well as the explanations of how smarter countries have dealt with the

  4. says:

    An excellent voice in the wildernessThis is an anti war on drugs book for another see Dirk Chase Eldredge s Ending the War on Drugs A Solution for America 1998 and a good one emphasizing both the current stupidity and past stupidities The author makes the point that the use of addictive drugs is not as bad as middle America would like to believe Gray points to studies showing that people add

  5. says:

    Well written and it definitely highlights the problems with the war on drugs It is amazing how much of the current US drug policy appears to be derived from made up numbers and political expediency However, I am not sure if the author is balanced in their view of the medical establishment The book lauds doctors who have been involved in harm reduction appropriately , but never once mentions doc

  6. says:

    Our government is corrupt and has been for years we need to let drug addicts have their fix.

  7. says:

    Interesting book, material a little dated since it came out in 1998, but easy to understand for an avid fan of The Wire, as the author talks about the ports and the buy bust mentality of law enforcement And there was an experiement to push all drug use to one particular area, you don t say Probably where David Simon got the idea The author had a very measured solution in mind for curbing America s ou

  8. says:

    One might expect that a book written almost twenty years ago on the drug war would be relatively out of date today The fact that it isn t is yet another data point in defense of the claims of the book Despite the massive amounts of money and political capital spent on the drug war, things don t change Drug Crazy is not an argument that drugs are not as bad for you as you think, but rather that, at this

  9. says:

    This book was pretty good Good facts and figures about the drug war, although the style it was written in wasn t always compelling There are other books that do a better job of keeping the reader engaged I do recommend this to anyone willing to read about the subject, though It wasn t too difficult to read, seemed to be pretty well footnoted, and for the most part kept its tone pretty professional, althoug

  10. says:

    Excellent historical review of the public perceptions and governmental interventions in the drug problem Gives a rundown of how the drug wars have played out on our streets and those of other countries Very readable, in an appalling way Clearly exdplains how everything the government has done to fight the war on drugs has benefited dealers, drug producers and gangsters and actively damaged treatment and preve

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