Reefer Madness

Reefer Madness

Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market

Book - 2003
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Houghton
In Reefer Madness, the best-selling author of Fast Food Nation investigates America's black market and its far-reaching influence on our society through three of its mainstays -- pot, porn, and illegal immigrants. The underground economy is vast; it comprises perhaps 10 percent -- perhaps more -- of America's overall economy, and it's on the rise. Eric Schlosser charts this growth, and finds its roots in the nexus of ingenuity, greed, idealism, and hypocrisy that is American culture. He reveals the fascinating workings of the shadow economy by focusing on marijuana, one of the nation's largest cash crops; pornography, whose greatest beneficiaries include Fortune 100 companies; and illegal migrant workers, whose lot often resembles that of medieval serfs.
All three industries show how the black market has burgeoned over the past three decades, as America's reckless faith in the free market has combined with a deep-seated puritanism to create situations both preposterous and tragic. Through pot, porn, and migrants, Schlosser traces compelling parallels between underground and overground: how tycoons and gangsters rise and fall, how new technology shapes a market, how government intervention can reinvigorate black markets as well as mainstream ones, how big business learns -- and profits -- from the underground.
With intrepid reportage, rich history, and incisive argument, Schlosser illuminates the shadow economy and the culture that casts that shadow.


Baker & Taylor
Reports on America's "shadow" economy of illegal drugs, pornography, and illegal migrant workers, arguing that these underground industries continue to grow with government intervention.

Book News
In his latest book of investigative journalism, Schlosser author of Fast Food Nation ) presents three central players of the American black market pornography, pot, and illegal immigrants based on research he carried out for articles in Rolling Stone and the Atlantic Monthly . Writing in terrifically engaging prose, Schlosser details the business practices, schemes, criminal records, lifestyles and/or victimization of those involved, and relates the history of each enterprise, the role played by the US war on drugs and the process of US immigration, and the impact on the nation of the underground economy. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
The underground economy is vast; it comprises perhaps 10% - perhaps more - of America's overall economy, and it's on the rise. Eric Schlosser charts this growth, and finds its roots in the nexus of ingenuity, greed, idealism, and hypocrisy that is American culture. He reveals the fascinating workings of the shadow economy by focusing on marijuana, one of the nation's largest cash crops; pornography, whose greatest beneficiaries include Fortune 100 companies; and illegal migrant workers, whose lot often resembles that of medieval serfs.
All three industries show how the black market has burgeoned over the past three decades, as America's reckless faith in the free market has combined with a deep-seated puritanism in create situations both preposterous and tragic. Through pot, porn, and migrants, Schlosser traces compelling parallels between underground and overground: how tycoons and gangsters rise and fall, how new technology shapes a market, how government intervention can reinvigorate black markets as well as mainstream ones, how big business learns - and profits - from the underground.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c2003
ISBN: 9780618334667
0618334661
Branch Call Number: 330 Sch
Characteristics: 310 p. : ill.

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the underbelly of the US

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