Recommended Reading

While I was researching for The Candy Machine: How Cocaine Took Over The World, I put together this list of interesting looking books. I didn't find time to read many of them, but this list might point the way for people wanting to find out more about various aspects of 'the life of cocaine' after reading The Candy Machine. Testimonies collected in support of my research can be read here.


I have highlighted in bold the books that I particularly enjoyed:


General Books about Cocaine

Cocaine: An Annotated Bibliography
Carlton E. Turner, University of Mississippi 1988


White Mischief: A Cultural History of Cocaine
Tim Madge, Mainstream 2001


The Pursuit of Oblivion: A Global History of Narcotics
R. Davenport-Hines, London: Phoenix 2004


Forces of Habit: Drugs and the Making of the Modern World
Courtwright, David T, Harvard University Press 2001


The Steel Drug: Cocaine and Crack in Perspective
Patricia Erickson, Lexington 1994


The Great Issues of Drug Policy
eds. Trebach and Zeese, Drug Policy Foundation 1990


The Gentlemen's Club: International Control of Drugs and Alcohol
Bruun, Kettil, Lynn Pan and Ingemar Rexed, University of Chicago 1975


S. Barkan, Prentice Hall 1997

The History of Cocaine

Freud and Cocaine: The Freudian Fallacy
E.M. Thornton, Blond and Briggs 1983


Cocaine: Global Histories
Ed. Paul Gootenberg, Routledge 1999


Prohibition: 13 Years That Changed America
Edward Behr (on video)


Temperance and Racism: John Bull, Johnny Reb and the Good Templars
David Fahey


Deliver US From Evil: An Interpretation of American Prohibition
Norman H. Clark, Norton 1976


The United States and International Drug Control: 1909–1997
Dave Bewley Taylor, Pinter 1999 & Continuum 2001


Emperors of Dreams: Drugs in the Nineteenth Century
Mike Jay, Dedalus Press 2005


Drugs in America: A Social History 1800-1980
H.W. Morgan, Syracuse University Press 1981


Drugs and the Media

Crack in America: Demon Drugs and Social Justice
Eds. Craig Reinarman and Harry Levine, Uni. Of California Press 1997


Cracked Coverage: TV News, The Anti-Cocaine Crusade and The Reagan Legacy
Jimmie Lynn Reeves and Richard Campbell, Duke University Press 1994


Drug Wars: The Political Economy of Narcotics
Curtis Marez, Uni of Minnesota Press 2004


Synthetic Panics: The Symbolic Politics of Designer Drugs
Philip Jenkins, NYU Press 1999


My Cocaine Museum
Michael Taussig, University of Chicago Press 2004


Drug Taking, Drug Users, Addiction

Drug, Set and Setting: The Basis For Controlled Intoxicant Use
Norman Zinberg, Yale University Press 1984


Cocaine and Crack: Supply and Use
Ed. Bean, Philip T., New York: St. Martin's Press 1993


Crack: The Broken Promise
Allen and Jekel, Macmillan 1991


Purity and Danger: An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo
M. Douglas, Routledge 1978


Crack and Cocaine
David Browne, F.Watts 1987


Cocaine Changes: The Experience of Using and Quitting
Waldorf, Reinarman and Murphy, Temple University Press 1991


The Psychology of Addiction
M. McMurran, Taylor and Francis 1994


Seductions of Crime: Moral and Sensual Attractions of Doing Evil
Jack Katz, Basic Books 1988


The Disreputable Pleasures
JL Hagan, McGraw-Hill Ryerson 1991


Moral Panics: The Social Construction of Deviance
Goode and Nachman, Blackwell 1994


The Cult of Pharmacology
Richard Degrandpre, Duke University Press 2006


The Medicine Society
Paul Scriven, Michigan State University Press 1992


Cultural Politics and Social Movements
Eds. Darnovsky, Epstein, and Flacks, Temple University Press 1995
(for Craig Reinarmann's Chapter: 'The 12-Step Movement and Advanced Capitalist Culture:Notes on the Politics of Self-Control in Postmodernity')


The Myth of Addiction
John Booth Davies (he teaches at the University of Strathclyde)


Help At Any Cost: How the Troubled-Teen Industry Cons Parents and Hurts Kids
Maia Szalavitz, Riverhead 2006


The Meaning of Addiction: Compulsive Behaviour and It's Interpretation
Stanton Peele, Lexington Books 1985


Doing Coke: An Ethnography of Cocaine Users and Sellers
Waldorf, Drug Abuse Council 1977


Hooked: Five Addicts Challenge our Misguided Rehab System
Lonny Shavelson, New Press 2001


The Taming of Cocaine: cocaine use in European and American cities
Tom Decorte, VUB University Press 2000


D. Marteau, Quay Books 2001


Buying and Selling Drugs in the US

The Gang
FM Thrasher, Uni of Chicago Press 1927


In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio
P.I. Bourgeois, Cambridge University Press 1995


Dealing Crack: The Social World of Street Corner Dealing
Bruce Jacobs, Northeastern University Press 1999


Disorganized Crime: The Economics of the Visible Hand
Peter Reuter, MIT Press 1983


The Cocaine Kids: The Inside Story of a Teenage Drug Ring
Terry Williams, Bloomsbury 1990


Cocaine True, Cocaine Blue (photos taken in Red Hook, Philly and East NY)
Eugene Richards, Aperture 1994


Illicit: How Smugglers, Traffickers and Copycats are Hijacking the Global Economy
Moises Naim, Doubleday 2005


Code of the Street: Decency, Violence and The Moral Life of The Inner City
E. Anderson, Norton 1999


The Introduction of Crack Cocaine and The Rise in Urban Crime Rates
Grogger and Willis, National Bureau of Economic Research 1998


Street Justice: Retaliation in the Criminal Underworld
Bruce Jacobs, Cambridge University Press 2006


Street Wars: Gangs and the Future of Violence
Tom Hayden, New Press 2005


In the Shadow of the White House: Drugs, Death and Redemption on the Streets of the Nation's Capital
M. Tidwell, Prima Publishing 1992


The Culture of Drugs in the Black Community
Nobles, Goddard, Cavil and George, Institute for the Advanced Study of Black Family Life and Culture 1987


Gangsta: Merchandising the Rhymes of Violence
R. Ro, St. Martins Press 1996


The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighbourhood
D. Simon and E. Burns, Broadway 1997


Race, Society and Prisons in the US

Invisible Punishment: The Collateral Consequences of Mass Imprisonment
Eds. Mauer and Chesney-Lind, New Press 2004


Punishment and Democracy: Essays on the Prison Industrial Complex
Angela Davis, New York: Pantheon Press forthcoming


The Many Colours of Crime: Inequalities of Race, Ethnicity and Crime in America
Eds. Peterson, Krivo and Hagan, NYU Press 2006


Pipe Dream Blues: Racism and the War on Drugs
Clarence Lusane, South End Press 1991


Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis and Opposition in Globalizing California
Ruth Gilmore, University of California Press 2006


Race to Incarcerate
Mark Mauer, New Press 2006


Prison Nation: The Warehousing of America's Poor
Eds. Wright and Herivel, Routledge 2003

Are Prisons Obsolete?
Angela Davis, Seven Stories Press 2003


Two Nations: Black and White, Separate, Hostile, Unequal
Andrew Hacker, Scribners 1992


The Undeserving Poor
Michael Katz, Pantheon 1989


Blacks in the White Establishment: A Study of Race and Class in America
Zweigenhaft and Domhoff, Yale University Press 1991


Drug Policy and the Decline of American Cities
Sam Staley, Transaction 1992


Consequences of Growing Up Poor
GJ Duncan and J. Brooks-Gunn, Russell Sage Foundation 1997


Young, Black and Male in America: An Endangered Species
J.T. Gibbs, Auburn House 1988


The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, The Under Class and Public Policy
W.J. Wilson, University Of Chicago Press 1987


The Myth of Black Progress
Alphonso Pinkney, Cambridge University Press 1984


Caste and Class in a Southern Town
John Dollard, New York 1957 ('a sociological Gulliver's Travels')


An American Dilemma
Gunnar Myrdal, New York 1964


Schooling in Capitalist America
Bowles and Gintis, Basic Books 1977


Tally's Corner: A Study of Negro Streetcorner Men
E. Liebow, Little and Brown 1967


Getting Paid
M. Sullivan, Rutgers University Press 1989


Homeboys: gangs, drugs and prison in the barrios of Los Angeles
Joan Moore, Temple University Press 1978


Code of the Street: Decency, Violence and The Moral Life of The Inner City
E. Anderson, Norton 1999


Crime Control as Industry
Nils Christie, Routledge 1994


Malign Neglect: Race, Crime and Punishment in America
Tonry, Oxford 1995


No Equal Justice: Race and Class in the US Criminal Justice System
David Cole, New Press 1999


Manchild in the Promised Land
C. Brown, Macmillan 1965


All God's Children: The Bosket Family and the American Tradition of Violence
F. Butterfield, Knopf 1995


All God's Children Need Travelling Shoes
Maya Angelou, London 1987


My Soul is Rested: Movement Days in the Deep South Remembered
Howard Raines, Penguin 1983


Who Needs the Negro?
Sidney Wilhelm, Schenkman 1970


Cocaine in the Caribbean & Central America

Cocaine and Heroin Trafficking in The Caribbean:
the case of Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and Guyana
Daurius Figueira, iUniverse 2004


Ruthless: The Global Rise of The Yardies
G. Small, Warner Books 1995


Born Fi Dead: A Journey Through The Jamaican Posse Underworld
Laurie Gunst, Canongate 2003


The Political Economy of Drugs in The Caribbean
I.L.Griffith (ed.), Macmillan 2000


Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies, and The CIA in Central America
Peter Dale Scott and Jonathan Marshall, University of California Press 1998


Dark Alliance: The CIA, The Contras and The Crack Cocaine Explosion
Gary Webb, Turnaround 1988


The Politics of Heroin in South East Asia
Alfred McCoy, University of Wisconsin-Madison 1972


The Global Economy and State Power
(for the chapter by Andreas 'When Policies Collide: Market Reform, Market Prohibition and The Narcotization of The Mexican Economy')
eds. Richard Friman and Peter Andreas, Roman and Littlefield 1999


El Narcotraficante:
Narco-corridos and The Construction of a Cultural Persona on The US-Mexico Border
Mark Cameron Edberg, University of Texas Press 2004


True Tales From Another Mexico
Sam Quinones, University of New Mexico Press 2001


Celerino Castillo III, Mosaic 1994


Puro Border: Dispatches, Snapshots & Graffiti From La Frontera
ed. Luis Humberto Crosthwaite, John William Byrd, and Bobby Byrd, Cinco Puntos Press 2003


El Zar de la Droga: La Vida de un Narcotraficante Mexicano
Terrence Poppa


Colombia and US Foreign Policy

La Economia Colombiana Tras 25 Anos de Narcotrafico
Ricardo Rocha Garcia, Siglo del Hombre 2000


No Nacimos Pa' Semilla
Alonso Salazar, Planeta 2001


Drogas y Narcotrafico en Colombia
Alonso Salazar, Planeta 2001


Drugs and Democracy in Latin America: The Impact of US Policy
Youngers and Rosin, Lynne Rienner 2004


US Foreign Policy and The War on Drugs
Cornelius Friesendorf, Routledge 2006


More Terrible Than Death: Massacres, Drugs and America's War in Colombia
Robin Kirk, Public Affairs 2003

From Silver to Cocaine: Latin American Commodity Chains and The Building of The World Economy 1500-2000

eds. Toik, Marichal and Frank, Duke University Press 2006


Beneath The United States: A History of US Policy Towards Latin America
Lars Schoultz, Harvard University Press 1998


Driven by Drugs: US Policy Toward Colombia
Russell Crandell, Lynne Rienner 2002


Political Economy and Illegal Drugs in Colombia
Francisco Thoumi, Lynne Rienner 1995


Loyal Soldiers in The Cocaine Kingdom: Tales of Drugs, Mules and Gunmen
Alfredo Molano, Colombia University Press 2004


The Andes in Focus
Ed. Russell Crandall, Lynne Rienner 2005


Walking Ghosts
Steven Dudley, Routledge 2004


Systems of Violence: Political Economy of War and Peace in Colombia
Nazih Richani, State University of New York Press 2001


Latin America After Neo-Liberalism
eds. Hershberg and Rosen, New Press 2006


Colombia: Fragmented Land, Divided Society
Safford and Palacios, Oxford University Press 2002


Colombia: Inside The Labyrinth
Jenny Pearce, LAB Books 1990


Los Jinetes de la Cocaina
Fabio Castillo, Documentos Periodisticos, Bogota 1988


Hoja, Pasta, Polvo y Roca: El Consumo de Los Derivados de La Coca
Aurelio Diaz, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona 1998


Cocaine: White Gold Rush in Peru
E. Morales, Uni. Of Arizona Press 1989


Colonizacion, Coca y Guerrilla
Jaime Eduardo Jaramillo, Universidad Nacional de Bogota 1986


Entre el Estado y la Guerrilla: Identidad y Ciudadania en El Movimiento de Los Campesinos Cocaleros Del Putumayo
Maria Clemencia Ramirez, Universidad Nacional Bogota 2001


Coca-Cola: Historia, Manejo Politico y Mafia de La Cocaine
Mario Arango & Jorge Child, Dos Mundos Bogota 1986


Narcotrafico: Imperio de La Cocaine
Mario Arango & Jorge Child, Percepcion Medellin 1984


Los Condenados de La Coca, El Manejo Politico de La Droga
Mario Arango, Editorial Arango 1985


Lehder: El Hombre
Jorge Eliecer Orozco, Plaza and Janes 1987


Death Beat: A Colombian Journalist's Life Inside The Cocaine Wars
Maria Jimena Duzan, Harper Collins 1994


Chemical Warfare in Colombia: The Costs of Coca Fumigation
Hugh O'Shaughnessy and Sue Branford, LAB 2005


Rehenes de La Mafia
Edgar Torres and Armando Sarmiento, Bogota: Intermedio Editores 199


Questioning the War on Drugs

Our Right to Drugs: The Case for a Free Market
Thomas Szasz, Syracuse University Press 1996


Ceremonial Chemistry: The Ritual Persecution of Drugs, Addicts, and Pushers.
Thomas Szasz, Holmes Beach FL: Learning Publications 1985 (1974)


Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals
John Gray, Granta Books 2002


Winning the War on Drugs: To Legislate or Not?
R. Stevenson, Institute for Economic Affairs 1994


Drug War Heresies: Learning from Other Places, Times and Vices
Peter Reuter and Robert MacCoun, Cambridge University Press 2001


An Unwinnable War Against Drugs: The Politics of Decriminalization
Eds. J. Matthews, T. Carney, Pluto Press: Sydney 1991


The American Disease: Origins of Narcotics Control
David Musto, Yale University Press 1973


The Drug Legalization Debate
James Inciardi, Sage 1999


Confronting Drug Policy
eds. Ronald Bayer and Gerald Oppenheimer, Cambridge University Press 1993


Against Excess
Mark Kleiman, Basic Books 1992


The Cocaine Crises
D.F. Allen, Plenum 1987


Drug Crazy, How We Got Into This Mess And How We Can Get Out
Mike Gray, Routledge 2003


Why Our Drugs Laws Have Failed and What We Can Do About It
James Gray, Temple Uni. Press 2001


Between Politics and Reason: The Drug Legalisation Debate
Erich Goode, St. Martins 1997


The Legislation of Morality
Troy Duster, Free Press 1970


Policing and the War on Drugs

Traffickers: Drug Markets and Law Enforcement
Dorn, Murji and South, Routledge 1992


Drug Policy and The Decline of American Cities
Sam Staley, Transaction 1992


Snow Job: The War Against International Drug Trafficking
Jack Riley, Transaction 1996


Crack and The Evolution of Anti-Drug Policy
S. Belenko, Greenwood Press 1993


The Strength of The Wolf:
The Secret History of America's War on Drugs
Douglas Valentine


DEA: The War Against Drugs
Jessica de Grazia, BBC Books 1991


The Cocaine Wars
Paul Eddy, Century 1988


Without a Badge: Undercover in The World's Deadliest Criminal Organizations
Jerry Speziale with Mark Seal, Arrow 2004


Political and Financial Corruption

Big Deal: Politics of The Illicit Drugs Business
Henman and Lewis, Pluto Press 1985


Drugs Crime and Corruption: Thinking The Unthinkable
Richard Clutterbuck, NYU Press 1995


Chasing Dirty Money: The Fight Against Money Laundering
Peter Reuter and Edwin Truman, Institute for International Economics 2004


The White Labyrinth: Cocaine and Political Power
Renssalaer Lee, Transaction 1989


The Underground Empire: Where Crime and Justice Embrace
James Mills, Doubleday 1996


Drug Trafficking in The Americas
(eds)Bruce Bagley and W.O. Walker, Transaction 1994


The Fix
Michael Massing, University of California Press 2000


Whitewash: Pablo Escobar and The Drug Wars
Simon Strong, Macmillan 1995


Whiteout: The CIA, Drugs and The Press
Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair, 1998


The Business of Drugs
Mary Cooper, Bombay: Popular Prakashan 1993


Drugs and Money: Laundering Latin America's Cocaine Dollars
Robert Grosse, Praegar 2001


The Politics of Organised Crime and The Organised Crime of Politics: A Study in Criminal Power
Alfredo Schulte Bockholt, Lexington 2006


Other Countries' Perspectives

Heroin and Crack Cocaine Markets in Deprived Areas
Andrew Wilson, Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion, LSE 2002


Crack Cocaine and Drugs: Crime Careers
Howard Parker, Uni of Manchester 1996


Trafficking Cocaine: Colombian Drug Entrepreneurs in The Netherlands
D. Zaitch, Kluwer Law International,The Hague 2002


Powder Wars: The Supergrass Who Brought Down Britain's Biggest Drug Dealers
(about Paul Grimes, former gangster of Liverpool's Hole in the Wall gang)
Graham Johnson, Mainstream 2005


Community-led Innovation in Addressing the Problems Caused by Crack Cocaine in London
Kate Barker, GLA 2004 (Greater London Alcohol and Drug Alliance)



The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life
E. Goffman, Doubleday 1959


The Consequences of Modernity
Anthony Gidden, Polity Press 1990


The Romantic Ethic and The Spirit of Modern Consumerism
Colin Campbell, Blackwell 1987


All That Is Solid Melts Into Air: The Experience of Modernity
Marshall Berman, Verso 1983


The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism
Daniel Bell, Harper Torch Books 1976


Europe and The People Without History
E. Wolf, University of California Press 1982


The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
T.S. Kuhn, University of Chicago Press 1962


Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance
James Scott, Yale University Press 1985

Transparency and Conspiracy: Ethnographies of Suspicion in the New World Order
H.West and T. Sanders, Duke University Press 2003


American Nervousness, 1903: An Anecdotal History
Tom Lutz, Cornell University Press 1991


The Poetics and Politics of Transgression
Stallybrass and White, Methuen 1986