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The Great Heroin Coup: Drugs, Intelligence, & International Fascism
The Great Heroin Coup probes into the netherworld of narcotics, espionage, and international terrorism. In so doing, Krüger uncovers the alliances between the Mafia, right wing extremists, neo-Fascist OAS veterans in France, and Miami-based Cuban exiles.
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Five stars for the astonishing stories about government corruption in multiple countries. Lots of corroborating detail and meticulously noted evidence. One star for the laboured and disconnected narrative which is all but impossible to follow. Fascinating but needs a complete re-write.
Big caveat: The rating is based on information in the book, not the presentation or writing. Honestly, at many points, I got lost in a blur of arrests and names and links, but this is a very valuable reference work in terms of naming names for anyone interested in organized crime, the real history of drug wars, and hidden history.
Henrik Kruger had set out to tell the story of Christian David, a legendary French Drug Lord who never seemed to go away, despite incarceration. The Great Heroin Coup revolves around the hypocrisy of the Drug War that has spawned men like David. The Cold War and the psychotic hatred engendered towards Communism led to symbiotic entanglements with dictators and drug lords. The French connection devolves into the Golden Triangle....French gangsters become Laotian Warlords, Meo tribal warriors....T ...more
Dec 04, 2016 Zare rated it really liked it
Great book on what happens when governments (following short-sightened policies) decide to look another way when it comes to crime because it hurts the other side (USSR in this case). As a consequence underground shadow state(s) emerged that just kept on with criminal activities. These organizations did not disappear with USSR but kept thriving and strengthening its links to official forces while now seeking some other common enemies as a reason for continuing existence.