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Hep-Cats, Narcs, and Pipe Dreams: A History of America's Romance With Illegal Drugs
by Jill Jonnes
"Fascinating, well researched and finely honed... This is a must read." -- Judge Peggy F. Hora, California BenchOnce upon a time in America, morphine and cocaine were routinely sold in pharmacies, and "hop heads" gathered in shadowy basements to smoke opium. So begins Hep-Cats, Narcs, and Pipe Dreams, Jill Jonnes's ground-breaking history of illegal drugs in America. Jonne ...more
Paperback, 510 pages
Published April 28th 1999 by Johns Hopkins University Press
(first published 1996)
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Despite shelving it on my "psychedelics" shelf, this book is actually more about hard drugs. I am going to give this one an extra star, more than it possibly deserves, simply because of the great detail it provides regarding the history of the DEA and its predecessor, the FBN (Federal Bureau of Narcotics). Harry Anslinger must have a special shelf in Hell on which he is perched, beside J. Edgar Hoover and Dick Nixon. The absolute corruption attending Ansliger's tenure and legacy as head of FBN i ...more
Hep-Cats, Narcs, and Pipe Dreams: A History of America's Romance With Illegal Drugs by Jill Jonnes (Scribner 1996)(362.29) is a pretty well-informed history of the US's history of the illegal drug trade since 1860. The book has a thorough section of the post-1970's history of cocaine in America including the South America narcotraficantes and the crack explosion. Quite well researched. My rating: 6.5/10, finished 12/15/11.
A history of drug use in America that is eye-opening and sometimes surprising. I especially was interested in the very early history. Some great illustrations and photographs as well. I am a fan of off-the-wall or unusual history books--stuff you won't learn in school, and this book doesn't disappoint.
An incredible account of the history of drugs in America. The author doesn't leave anything out and yet, creates an engaging story that keeps the reader flipping through pages like it's a mystery novel. Never got the chance to finish it! I adored the portion that described the jazz scene, however.