Cocaina: A Book on Those Who Make It
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Magnus Linton is a Swedish writer whose work tackles controversial social, political, and ethical topics. John has also been a guest lecturer at the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign.. Cocaína was first published in Swedish in 2010 and was nominated for the August Prize, Sweden’s most importa
With the failed US War on Drugs playing into this geopolitical brew, the future of cocaine is about more than what happens to street dealers and their customers.Based on three years of research and more than 100 interviews with growers, traffickers, assassins, refugees, police, politicians, and drug tourists, Cocaína is a brilliant work of journalism, and an insight into one of the world's most troubling industries.. Families must cooperate with drug-funded guerrillas or go on the run. Farmers grow coca for cash but fear discovery. When Pablo Escobar, Colombia's King of Cocaine,” was killed, the world thoughtor hopedthe cocaine industry would crumble. Destitute teens become trained killers for a quick buck in a ruthless underworld where few survive for long.At the same time, tension grows between Colombia's right-wing government and its socialist neighbors in Latin America. But ten years later the country's production had almost quadrupled, and since 2001, Colombia has produced more than 60% of all the cocaine consumed in the world.Cocaine is both a curse and a salvation for Colombians
A Must-Read for Understanding the Cocaine Culture D. FURLANO If you want to know what has happened in Colombia (and in the world of cocaine) post-Pablo Escobar, then this book is a must-read. The author, Magnus Linton, covers the fascinating and sobering subject of cocaine by effectively weaving historical perspective (i.e. the different eras of recreational drug production in Colombia), contemporary anecdotal examples, and keen social observation, analysis, and commentary. The writing style is quite readable, and even entertaining at times, without sacrificing cogent thoughts. This was originally written in Swedish, but the translation by John Eason is so sm. An eye-opener I read this book after reading a review of it (and also because my boss was about to make a visit to Colombia). I'm assuming all the data is factual and if so, I think the book supplies a lot of, to me, new information on the size of the drug trade, the extent of the corruption and the losses caused by violence and drug use.I was amazed to see how the drug trade has, having presumably flooded the US, is now targetting Europe with cheap drugs. A terrible tale but well told.. The internal struggles of a continent The inside view from a level headed author that not so much exposes the drug world, but exposes the frailty of the human condition under the burgeoning claws of greed and power.
It is a story about catastrophe, yet without phony advice or solutions.' Kleen in Sydsvenskan 'The fascinating biography of a country famous for all the wrong reasons - Colombia.' Manly Daily 'A vivid picture of life in a country where the cocaine trade permeates all.' Weekend Auckland 'A thorough piece of investigative journalism From raiding gunships to the corridors of politics, Linton draws a depressing picture of a drug that has a stranglehold on a nation.' West Australian 'Damn good A well-researched and lov