In Reefer Madness the best-selling author of Fast Food Nation turns his exacting .. In Reefer Madness, investigative journalist Eric Schlosser exposes three of. 17 May Reefer Madness and Other Tales from the American Underworld by Eric Schlosser Allen Lane £, pppp Over the past decade or so. REEFER MADNESS: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market. Eric Schlosser, Author. Houghton Mifflin $23 (p) ISBN

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Finally, due to the efforts of a zealous IRS criminal investigator, Sturman was taken down for tax fraud. However, I was disappointed in this book.

Nate Nope, it discusses black market industries: Notwithstanding its age, the strongest section of the book is the one dealing with marijuana. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. ericc

Scholosser is very much sympathetic towards the participants in these industries. I didn’t realize the extent to which obscenity laws curtailed pornographic or erotic images, and how much they fueled censorship and the war against contraception.

Lists with This Book. Over the past decade or so there seems to have been a dramatic increase in the publication of a certain type of American book which seeks to imbue a single cultural trend – say the growth of Prozac or label-clothing chains – with a political significance that implicates schloxser all.

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Not as cohesive, and the book seemed to have been hastily put together as a follow-up to FFN, riding on the wave of its success. Still, in pages where these stories were absent, reading became unbearable, as if I was in high school again and b Like others who have read Fast Food Nation, I picked this up with great hope.

The section on illegal immigration focused almost entirely on strawberry farmers. Migrant workers so they can come and work the fields without the moral hazards. From the bestselling author of Fast Food Nation comes this captivating look at the underbelly of the American marketplace.

The story is so incredible it can be hard to believe, with Sturman and his rival Richard Rosfelder of the IRS spending decades locking horns with great eri and defeats. He eic the central force bringing pornography to the mainstream, specializing in distribution, new product innovation, and operation of peep-show machines across the United States and Europe. Nov 05, Mark Geise rated it liked it. Picking strawberries is so hard that college students trying to make extra money couldn’t last an hour.


The people picking strawberries are making good money in terms of Oaxacan peasants in the poorest area of Mexico. Moreover, this volume matches—or even exceeds—its predecessor in the areas that made the latter such a huge success: Being an Australian where possession of small amounts up to three ounces in some places is pretty much a misdemeanor that results in a small fine, it is difficult to understand the nature of the war on drugs as it plays out in the United States.

This may be a laudable stance but it tells us little that we did not know or could not guess. Those are the places that regular Americans most sric illegals and I think would have been more interesting than farm policy. Would our agriculture industry and economy collapse without illegal immigrants breaking their backs in the fields?

Pornography so it can be regulated and the participants protected under labor laws. Each one of them will cost at least a million dollars in prison costs and the damage becomes multiplied considering the damage done to family members. I read the ebook version of this, and my copy is littered with highlights and annotations. Free eBook available to NEW subscribers only. I had a hard time listening to the first section. All that I would like to see is for the government to make it easier for these workers to get temporary status in the U.

Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market

Judging by sales, Americans love pot and porn, but live in a country that has law about them that a This book proves how bloody hypocritical the American government is as if anyone doubted it already. When he was funneling millions of dollars schlossrr cash to offshore accounts and threatening people with violence, he went over to reic dark side.

The 3 themes are the marijuana market, migrant farm workers, and the porn industry. Americans support laws that say what they’re doing is wrong and then go out and buy exactly what they’re not supposed to buy. He deals with this subject objectively, discussing the reefr and benefits of illegal immigrant serfdom from the point of view of growers and workers alike. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but this is far better than I imagined.

Eric Schlosser charts this growth, and finds its roots in the nexus of ingenuity, greed, idealism, and hypocrisy that is American culture. The book revolves reeefr two figures: Refresh and try again. Yet without an international perspective it is hard to know what circumstances lead to black markets.


Also alarming is the extent to which the government has mounted a witch madnwss against these industries and “crimes” that arise from them, while ignoring other and more dangerous ones.

I believe that this is all overly sensationalized and biased. What they excel in providing us outside the bounds of the law tells us secrets about ourselves; that we have a ‘deep psychosis’ regarding marijuana, for instance, and that Puritanical rejection of sexuality is out of line with human nature.

What does the overwhelming consumption of porn in the US reveal about how out of touch mainstream thought and criticism regarding porn are from madmess many people feel about it privately? Preview — Reefer Madness by Eric Schlosser. I found the third section the least interesting, not because of its subject, but because of its length.

This would enable them to sue for injustices such as not being paid for all hours of work or any other breach of contract by the employer.

The same cannot be said of Schlosser’s second book. Although “An Empire of the Obscene” is something of an oddity pornography isn’t illegalthe preceding sections “Reefer Madness” and “In the Strawberty Fields” address subject alive and well in American politics today.

By the end, readers will have learned a great deal about the botany, history, and pharmacology of Cannabis sativa ; its criminalization, decriminalization, and recriminalization; its association with anti-Mexican feeling in the Southwest; mandatory minimum sentence legislation; Leavenworth Penitentiary; and the ineffectiveness of antimarijuana policing. Reefer Madness is a diffic Eric Schlosser, the grade-a muckraker whose widely read Fast Food Nation catapulted him to fame, returns with Reefer Madness, dedicated to nothing less than examining the underbelly of America’s black market.

Like others who have read this book, I was sorely disappointed. Chief among these is the case of one Mark Young who was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole for introducing a marijuana grower to a dealer. We have been told for years to bow down before ‘the market’.

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