The Politics of Heroin

The Politics of Heroin
The Politics of Heroin

The Politics of Heroin

CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade
By Alfred W. McCoy


734 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $32.95 (CA $44.95) (US $32.95)

ISBN 9781556524837

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (May 2003)
Lawrence Hill Books

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“A valuable corrective to the misinformation being peddled by anti-drug zealots on both sides of the aisle.” —Publishers Weekly
The first book to prove CIA and U.S. government complicity in global drug trafficking, The Politics of Heroin includes meticulous documentation of dishonesty and dirty dealings at the highest levels from the Cold War until today. Maintaining a global perspective, this groundbreaking study details the mechanics of drug trafficking in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and South and Central America. New chapters detail U.S. involvement in the narcotics trade in Afghanistan and Pakistan before and after the fall of the Taliban, and how U.S. drug policy in Central America and Colombia has increased the global supply of illicit drugs.


“A fascinating, often meticulous unraveling of the byzantine complexities of the Southeast Asia drug trade . . . a pioneering book.”  —The New York Times Book Review

Author Biography

Alfred W. McCoy is a professor of history at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He holds a doctorate in southeast Asian history from Yale University and is the recipient of the 2001 Goodman Prize from the Association for Asian Studies. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.