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Recommended Reading

General Drug War Histories

The American Disease: Origins of Narcotic Control, © 1999 by David F. Musto
Available through Amazon.com, and from Barnes & Noble.com.

Bad Neighbor Policy: Washington's Futile War on Drugs in Latin America, © 2003 by Ted Galen Carpenter
Available through Amazon.com and Powell's Books.

Busted: Stone Cowboys, Narco-Lords and Washington's War On Drugs, © 2000 by Mike Gray (Ed.)
Available through Amazon.com, Powell's Books, and from Barnes & Noble.com.

Drug Crazy, © 2000 by Mike Gray
Available through Amazon.com, through Powell's Bookstore, or through Barnes & Noble.com, as well as from your favorite bookstore.

Drug Crazy is also available to read online - complete with a brand new introduction - through Libertary.com.

Drug Wars: The Political Economy of Narcotics, © 2004 by Curtis Marez
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Federal Drug Control: The Evolution of Policy and Practice, © 2004 by Jonathon Erlen, Joseph F. Spillane, Rebecca Carroll, William Mcallister, and Dennis B. Worthen (Eds.)
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Policing the Globe: Criminalization and Crime Control in International Relations, © 2008 by Peter Andreas and Ethan Nadelmann
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Smoke & Mirrors, © 1997 by Dan Baum
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This is Your Country on Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High in America, © 2009 by Ryan Grim
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Specific Histories

Altering American Consciousness: The History of Alcohol and Drug Use in the United States, 1800-2000, © 2004 by Sarah W. Tracy and Caroline Jean Acker (Eds.)
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Andean Cocaine: The Making of a Global Drug, © 2009 by Paul Gootenberg
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The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World, © 2001 by Michael Pollan
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Cocaine: From Medical Marvel to Modern Menace in the United States, 1884-1920, © 2002 by Joseph F. Spillane (Ed.)
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Cocaine: Global Histories, © 1999 by Paul Gootenberg (Ed.)
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The Chinatown Trunk Mystery: Murder, Miscegenation, and Other Dangerous Encounters in Turn-of-the-Century New York City, © 2007 by Mary Ting Yi Lui
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Dark Paradise: A History of Opiate Addiction in America, © 2001 by David Courtwright
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Dope Girls: The Birth of the British Drug Underground, © 2003 by Marek Kohn
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Drugs in Afghanistan: Opium, Outlaws, and Scorpion Tales, © 2007 by David Macdonald
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Forces of Habit: Drugs and the Making of the Modern World, © 2002 by David Courtwright
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Lies, Damned Lies, and Drug War Statistics: A Critical Analysis of Claims Made by the Office of National Drug Control Policy, © 2007 by Matthew B. Robinson and Renee G. Scherlen
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Marihuana, the Forbidden Medicine, © 1993 by Lester Grinspoon, MD and James Bakalar
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The Marijuana Conviction: A History of Marijuana Prohibition in the United States, © 1999 by Richard J. Bonnie and Charles H. Whitebread
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On Speed: The Many Lives of Amphetamine, © 2008 by Nicolas Rasmussen
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Prescription Pot: A Leading Advocate's Heroic Battle To Legalize Medical Marijuana, © 2003 by George McMahon and Christopher Largen
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Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor In The American Black Market,© 2004 by Eric Schlosser
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Repealing National Prohibition, © 2000 by David E. Kylvig
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Shroom: A Cultural History of the Magic Mushroom,© 2008 by Andy Letcher
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Slaying the Dragon: The History of Addiction Treatment and Recovery in America,© 1998 by William L. White
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Smack: Heroin and the American City,© 2008 by Eric C. Schneider
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Synthetic Panics: The Symbolic Politics of Designer Drugs,© 1999 by Philip Jenkins
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Tastes of Paradise: A Social History of Spices, Stimulants, and Intoxicants,© 1993 by Wolfgang Schivelbusch
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Ethnographies

Breaking Rank: A Top Cop's Expose of the Dark Side of American Policing,© 2006 by Norm Stamper
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Burning Rainbow Farm: How a Stoner Utopia Went Up in Smoke,© 2006 by Dean Kuipers
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The Cocaine Kids: The Inside Story of a Teenage Drug Ring,© 1990 by Terry Williams
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Dying to Get High: Marijuana as Medicine,© 2008 by Wendy Chapkis and Richard Webb
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In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio, © 2002 by Philippe Bourgois
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Righteous Dopefiend, © 2009 by Philippe Bourgois and Jeff Schonberg
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Off the Books: The Underground Economy of the Urban Poor, © 2009 by Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh
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Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx,© 2004 by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
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Sexed Work: Gender, Race and Resistance in a Brooklyn Drug Market, © 1997 by Lisa Maher
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Wheeling and Dealing: An Ethnography of an Upper-Level Drug Dealing and Smuggling Community, © 1985 by Patricia A. Adler
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Race, Gender, Class, Human Rights, and the War on Drugs

A More Perfect Union, © 2001 by Jesse L. Jackson, Jr.
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Crack in America: Demon Drugs and Social Justice, © 1997 by Craig Reinerman and Harry G. Levine (Eds.)
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Dangerous Harvest: Drug Plants and the Transformation of Indigenous Landscapes, © 2004 by Michael K. Steinberg, Joseph J. Hobbs, and Kent Mathewson (Eds.)
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Drugging the Poor: Legal and Illegal Drugs and Social Inequality, © 2007 by Merrill Singer
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Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California, © 2007 by Ruth Wilson Gilmore
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No Equal Justice: Race and Class in the American Criminal Justice System, © 1999 by David C. Cole
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Pregnant Women on Drugs: Combating Stereotypes and Stigma, © 1999 by Sheigla Murphy and Marsha Rosenbaum
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Race to Incarcerate, © 1999 by Marc Mauer
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Search and Destroy: African-American Males in the Criminal Justice System, © 1997 by Jerome G. Miller
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Shattered Lives: Portraits from America's Drug War, © 1998 by Mikki Norris
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Tulia: Race, Cocaine, and Corruption in a Small Texas Town, © 2005 by Nate Blakeslee
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Unequal Under Law: Race in the War on Drugs, © 2007 by Doris Marie Provine
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Using Women: Gender, Drug Policy, and Social Justice, © 2000 by Nancy Campbell
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Women Behind Bars: The Crisis of Women in the U.S. Prison System, © 2007 by Silja J. A. Talvi
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Drugs, Drug Users, the Drug War, and the Media

Altered States of America: Outlaws and Icons, Hitmakers and Hitmen, © 2005 by Richard Stratton (Ed.)
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Can't Find My Way Home: America in the Great Stoned Age, 1945 - 2000, © 2005 by Martin Torgoff (Ed.)
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Cracked Coverage: Television News, the Anti-Cocaine Crusade, and the Reagan Legacy, © 1994 by Jimmie L. Reeves and Richard Campbell
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Dope Menace: The Sensational World of Drug Paperbacks, © 2008 by Stephen J. Gertz and Annie Nocenti
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Saying Yes: In Defense of Drug Use, © 2003 by Jacob Sullum
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Sisters of the Extreme: Women Writing on the Drug Experience, © 2000 by Cynthia Palmer and Michael Horowitz (Eds.)
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White Out: The CIA, Drugs and the Press, © 1999 by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair
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Contemporary Drug Policy - Analyses and Proposals for Change

After Prohibition: An Adult Approach to Drug Policies in the 21st Century, © 2000 by Tim Lynch (Editor)
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America's Longest War: Rethinking Our Tragic Crusade Against Drugs, © 2004 by Steven B. Duke and Albert C. Gross
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Drugs: Should We Legalize, Decriminalize or Deregulate? (Contemporary Issues), © 1998 by Jeffrey A. Schaler (Editor)
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Informing America's Policy on Illegal Drugs: What We Don't Know Keeps Hurting Us," ©2001, National Research Council for the Office of National Drug Control Policy
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Sense and Nonsense About Crime and Drugs: A Policy Guide, © 2005 by Samuel Walker
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Why Marijuana Should be Legal, © 2003 by Ed Rosenthal, Steve Kubby, and S. Newhart
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Why Our Drug Laws Have Failed And What We Can Do About It: A Judicial Indictment Of Our War On Drugs, © 2001 by Judge James P. Gray
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Addiction Treatment and Harm Reduction

Addict In The Family, © 1996 by Andrew Byrne
Available online at http://www.addictinthefamily.org/ or by mail order.

Addiction is a Choice, © 2000 by Jeffrey Schaler, PhD
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Addiction Proof Your Child: A Realistic Approach to Preventing Drug, Alcohol, and Other Dependencies, © 2007 by Stanton Peele
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Harm Reduction: National and International Perspectives, by James A. Inciardi, PhD (Editor) and Lana D. Harrison (Editor)
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Harm Reduction Psychotherapy: A New Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Problems, © 2002 by Dr. Andrew Tatarsky
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Hooked: Five Addicts Challenge Our Misguided Drug Rehab System, © 2001 by Lonnie Shavelson, MD
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Over the Influence: The Harm Reduction Guide for Managing Drugs and Alcohol, © 2003 by Patt Denning, Jeannie Little, and Adina Glickman
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Activists Guides - Books to Help You Get Involved

The Activist's Handbook: A Primer (Updated Edition), © 2001 by Randy Shaw
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After the War on Drugs: Tools for the Debate, © 2007 by Transform Drug Policy Foundation
Order this and other Transform publications through the organization's website
View the book in PDF form via Tranform's website

Meaningful Participation: An Activist's Guide to Collaborative Policy-Making, © 2002 by Gayle L. Gifford
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And don't forget to check out CSDP's Links and Get Active! pages for more useful information about becoming a participant in the drug policy reform movement.

Reference

The Encyclopedia of Addictive Drugs, © 2002 by Richard Lawrence Miller
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Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts, © 1997 by Lynn Zimmer, PhD and John Morgan, MD
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Psychedelic Drugs Reconsidered, © 1997 by James B. Bakalar and Lester Grinspoon
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Understanding Marijuana: A New Look at the Scientific Evidence, © 2005 by Mitch Earleywine
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