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The Underground Empire: Where Crime and Governments Embrace

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An award-winning journalist's shocking expose of the international drug smuggling trade. The Underground Empire is the result of Life reporter James Mills's behind-the-scenes investigation which spanned five years and traversed four continents. With recent media attention propelling the narcotics issue into the nation's headlines, Mills dramatically addresses this issue wi ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 1201 pages
Published July 1st 1987 by Dell (first published 1986)
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Sarah Etter
May 31, 2011 Sarah Etter rated it really liked it
this was one of the first books i read in college when i started studying journalism. i know it's partially biased, i know the whole thing is crazy, i totally get that. but come on, mills did his homework - and it's so incredible.

getting a look inside the government's efforts against drug lords at the highest level is one of the coolest things i've ever read. the research done here, the length of the manuscript, picturing mills living his life like this to get a story - i just remember it had a
Janelle Henry
Jan 10, 2011 Janelle Henry rated it really liked it
would make a great movie!
Jan 10, 2015 Eric rated it really liked it
This is a book about a government organization tasked with drug investigations called Centac that was developed back in the 1980's.

I read this book back in 1986 or so and it was one of those books that opens one's eyes to a particular topic, this one being international drug trafficking. The subject matter is infuriating because it is an illustration of how governmental politics and the influential doomed the potential successes of this program almost from the start.

It is also a book about how
William Crosby
Feb 23, 2015 William Crosby rated it really liked it
Concerning the international narcotics "industry" and its influence in and control of world governments. The journalist focuses on Centac, an organization now defunct, and its efforts to destroy three particular drug empires (those of Lu Hsu-Shui, Alberto Sicilia-Falcon and Donald Steinberg) through investigations and letting other agencies do the arrests and getting the credit.
Aug 03, 2008 Acid rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who want to know how they are being watched
this book opens on a sobering fact...that the world spends more on illegal drugs than they do on food every year...more than they spend on any other service or need.... the information for this statement was taken from cia documents...If that doesn't interest you in this book nothing will... we are the underground empire and the drug war is a denial of the fact that humans want there drugs...we are getting them you and read this book and know how deep the conspiracy of the drug empire goe ...more
Jerry Peace
Just made it halfway. Too much information for me.
Aug 17, 2015 Clarke rated it it was amazing
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Outstanding book. An amazing dialogue on major players in the 1970-80s drug trade. Very impressive networks for a pre-Internet organization. As well the rare treat of a enforcement agency to have free reign of multiple agencies to collect & charge the culprits with little oversight - and thus more capable than today's agents.

Tom G
Jan 31, 2014 Tom G rated it really liked it
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'The Underground Empire' is a vast, sprawling masterwork of investigative journalism, filled to the brim with unaltered names, dates, and figures, ultimately serving as a stunning indictment of America's impotent political publicity stunt known as the "War On Drugs"
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Apr 18, 2013 Mack rated it it was amazing
This is a stunning book. Obviously, the "War on Drugs" is a total failure.
Dennis Blewitt
Fair review of the drug trade, although somewhat biased.
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James Mills is an American novelist, screenwriter and prize-winning journalist.

Mills wrote two New York Times bestsellers, Report to the Commissioner, a novel, and , a study of international narcotics trafficking. As a result, he testified before a panel of the House Foreign Affairs Committee as an expert. His books The Panic in Needle Park and Report to the Commissioner were later made into major
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