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Dopeworld: Adventures in Drug Lands

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'A free-rolling and frank depiction of the global narcotics scene. Fascinating.' The Spectator

'This is an obsessive, immersive account of all aspects of the drug culture - its ways, its rules, its rituals, its rhythms, its language.' Irish Examiner

Welcome to Dopeworld.

Ecstasy in London, crack in Los Angeles, LSD in Tokyo, heroin in Sofia, cocaine in Medellin, bounty

Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published July 25th 2019 by Hodder & Stoughton
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Dopeworld is part travel-log part history lessen and its all based around drugs. Niko Vorobyov is a former drug dealer who after spending time in prison became interested in the history of both legal and illegal drugs.

Niko thinks all drugs should be legalized and I agree. Making drugs illegal doesn't prevent drug abuse or crime. In fact countries where drugs like heroin and cocaine are decriminalized tend to have lower rates of crime and drug abuse. America has more people in jail
Stewart Tame
Full disclosure: I won a free ARC of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. That's right: the first taste was free.

Adventures in the Global Drug Trade, declares the subtitle, and they're not exaggerating. Vorobyov delivers the straight dope on the current worldwide state of drug affairs, as well as an in-depth history of just how we reached this point. The book is candid, opinionated, thoroughly researched, and entertaining as hell.

The back cover mentions Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas as a point of
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I need to say this first. I've read tons of non-fiction books. I tried a lot of history books, not my kind of reads. I've read plenty of economy and politics. This isn't Harry Potter, but it reads like one.

When I grade a book, I usually think about how many people in my circle would and should read it. Dopeworld made me think about how to get a 6 start or if I should downgrade all other books (maybe except "Never split the difference") a star lower.

I know what you expect from a book like this,
Diane Secchiaroli
Great book on drugs in the world. This book covers the history of drugs, the various ways countries have handled drugs, the effect of drugs on society and individuals, descriptions of various drugs, drug dealers and organizations, and many other topics regarding drugs. The book is very through and interesting. There is a substantial amount of research which has been conducted. The author concludes that decriminalizing most drugs would be the best option which after reading this book I agree. ...more
Jo-Ann Duff (Duffy The Writer)
I bloody loved Dopeworld. Author Niko Vorobyov is a smart if slightly cocky writer with a devilish and sarcastic wit. He takes us through his foray into drug dealing and is boldly upfront about his views. What you find out early on is that this is not an anti-drug book full of tales and tragedy about drug use. Dopeworld is far more complex than that and takes a wider perspective. Vorobyov explains just how drugs turn big money, run countries and those in power and have done for hundreds of ...more
Wim Reinalda
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
De schrijver reist de geschiedenis van een eeuw drugscriminaliteit na: Italie, VS, latijns-amerika, Filipijnen. Hij laat overtuigend zien dat de onwil om drugs te reguleren en zeker ook de 'war on drugs', de criminaliteit wereldwijd steeds weer de financiële middelen in handen heeft gegeven en nog steeds geeft, om de organisaties op een veel hoger plan te brengen. Hij pleit voor decriminalisering van het gebruik van alle drugs en voor de moed om drugsmarkten te reguleren. Politiek nog een lange ...more
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
In short, legalize and decriminalize drugs! (I wholly agree with this )
Very well written book by the former drug user and small time dealer, great read for someone who want an amateur view of the serious problem. There are some studies mentioned and actual travel;ling around the world, so not that shallow yet very very entertaining book. Four very very good and well earned stars!
I wish more politicians read these kind of books .
gemsbooknook  Geramie Kate Barker
'Ecstasy dealing in London, crack talking in Los Angeles, LSD dropping in Tokyo, heroin smoking in Sofia, cocaine cooking in Medellin, bounty hunting in Manilla, opium taking in Tehran. This is your next fix. This is DOPEWORLD.

DOPEWORLD is a bold and eye-opening exploration into the world of drugs. Taking us on an unforgettable journey around the world, we trace the emergence of psychoactive substances and our relationship with them. Exploring the murky criminal underworld, the author has
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a brilliantly amusing look at the history and underworld of drugs and drug users. Told from a very realistic, down to earth view, Vorobyovs voice was compelling. With a perfect mix of interesting and beyond hilarious anecdotes. This was a brilliant read. ...more
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent and timely reportage about the trillion dollar drug business and the way forward towards harm minimisation from someone who's been there. Essential reading for the rare politician who actually care about improving their society.
Kate Morgan
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wowza! This book was amazing. If you enjoy books that weave together politics, culture, commentary on colonialism, and some sheer stupidity - you need to pick up Dopeworld.

From the busy streets of St. Petersburg to the mountains in Chile to the suburbs of Colorado, Dopeworld brings together history, lived life experience re: Niko Vorobyov, and a lot of research on the 5 Ws of the global drug trade.

I admit I skipped a chapter or two - but this book reads so well even if you do lose focus. From
Lori Tatar
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a revolutionary dive into the trappings of the drug trade, from the drug lords who live like kings down to the occasional user, and everything in between. Looking through the magnifying glass of Niko Voronyov, who happens to be an incredible writer, see how drugs have defined eras, cultures and politics. Dope is an integral part of virtually every society and is often punished as harshly as murder. Dopeworld is an incredible, real-life journey through which I am more than a little ...more
April Morin
Very intense book about everything you ever wanted to know about drugs - the history, how different countries handle drugs, from the dealer to the user to the law. I found many of the short stories the author shares from his personal experience to be funny, sad and scary - sometimes all at once. If you ever wanted to know what really goes on in the drug world, read Dopeworld.
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book was received as an ARC from St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This was a book that was so intense that I was not expecting. Drugs and dealing is an intense topic and I do have to be honest some parts of the book were really graphic and difficult to get through. Dopeworld takes you in the cut and dry of all the drugs that exist, the effects they have on your body, and the lords that exist and sell
Vaughan Hatton
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely LOVED it. Interesting points from all views and walks of life. From the junkie to the King Pin dealer and the strong arm of the law, this book really shines a light on all sides of Dopeworld. I highly recommend this book!
Mike Walsh
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great insight into the murky world of the war on drugs. Vorobyov presents a balanced view based on his experience and life events that makes this an exciting, page-turning read. Highly recommended.
Guillermo Mata
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesante relato de cómo se relacionan las drogas en todos los ambitos de nuestra vida
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