The Rise of the Drug Trade

Rise of the Drug Trade

The Rise of the Drug Trade

In the 1960s, the drug trade for heroin blossomed into a global industry. In the 1980s, the large-scale production and distribution of crack-cocaine transformed American cities into a battleground between street gangs. The explosion of the illicit drug trade for heroin and cocaine is a phenomenon that remains unexplained by the policy makers and organizations that combat it.

For Alfred McCoy, Peter Dale Scott and Gary Webb, the illicit drug trade was the by-product of U.S. covert operations in South East Asia and Latin America. The Rise of
the Drug Trade is the story of how illicit narcotics came to flood the streets of the U.S. It provides summaries of Alfred McCoy’s The Politics of Heroin, Gary Webb’s Dark Alliance and Peter Dale Scott’s Cocaine Politics, in addition to interactive components that unfold the complex networks and drug routes that deliver illicit narcotics to a location near you.

Download Sample Chapters (PDF)
Crack Cocaine and the CIA
Heroin in the 21st Century