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Last Call by Daniel Okrent
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Required reading for anyone interested in abolishing the disastrous War on Drugs that's corrupted the American justice system (and, on a lesser note, made hypocrites of us all) for over a quarter of a century. Last Call is informative and entertaining. Even an old American history geek like me learned something new: almost entirely due to the phenomenal political skills of one man, Wayne Wheeler of the Anti-Saloon League, such wildly different groups as the Industrial Workers of the World and the Ku Klux Klan came together to achieve a single goal--passage of the Eighteenth Amendment.

Perhaps those of us who believe in the full legalization, regulation and taxation of all drugs should take note: we need to find our own Wayne Wheeler to beat back the considerable opposition of the military-industrial complex, the drug cartels, the private prison industry, spineless politicians, and snooping moralists.
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