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Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market - Eric Schlosser
Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market
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America’s black market is much larger than we realize, and it affects us all deeply, whether or not we smoke pot, rent a risqué video, or pay our kids’ nannies in cash. In Reefer Madness the best-selling author of Fast Food Nation turns his exacting eye on the underbelly of the American... show more
America’s black market is much larger than we realize, and it affects us all deeply, whether or not we smoke pot, rent a risqué video, or pay our kids’ nannies in cash. In Reefer Madness the best-selling author of Fast Food Nation turns his exacting eye on the underbelly of the American marketplace and its far-reaching influence on our society. Exposing three American mainstays — pot, porn, and illegal immigrants — Eric Schlosser shows how the black market has burgeoned over the past several decades. He also draws compelling parallels between underground and overground: how tycoons and gangsters rise and fall, how new techonology shapes a market, how government intervention can reinvigorate black markets as well as mainstream ones, and how big business learns — and profits — from the underground. Reefer Madness is a powerful investigation that illuminates the shadow economy and the culture that casts that shadow.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780618446704 (0618446702)
ASIN: 618446702
Publisher: Mariner Books
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
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Philosophical Musings of a Book Nerd
Philosophical Musings of a Book Nerd rated it
4.0 Investigating America's Vices
Written the author of Fast Food Nation, this book contains three case studies that each dealing with an area of the black market: marijuana, immigrant workers in the strawberry fields on California, and the hard core porn industry. As one can expect from Schlosser, it is a thoroughly researched and ...
Kaethe
Kaethe rated it
Schlosser explains why the US suffers from such a weird policy towards drugs (in general) and marijuana (in particular). Fascinating.
Amanda's Bookshelf
Amanda's Bookshelf rated it
1.0 Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market
Such an interesting topic, but written in such a sensational, dumbed-down style -- what a shame! It was like a tabloid version of this study; the style felt like the author was trying to shock more than inform (and that's excluding the fact that most of this information I already knew).
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