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The War on Drugs in the Americas

1st Edition

By Christopher M. White


208 pages

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pub: 2019-11-15
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The War on Drugs in the Americas brings together the history of the War on Drugs in the US and Latin America to reveal how, since 1914, when the US first criminalized the non-medical use of narcotics, the trade and violence associated with drugs has developed throughout the hemisphere.

This concise and accessible book provides an overview of geographic, historical, economic, and social dimensions of the War on Drugs throughout the past century. Notable figures, popular drugs, competing theories, and significant historical events take center stage, as the story moves between macro analysis and micro details. Aside from infamous cartel leaders like Colombia’s Pablo Escobar and Mexico’s El Chapo Guzman, the reader learns about equally-important but lesser-known Latin American and US traffickers. In addition to counter-narcotics giants, readers learn about the Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), DEA agents working to fight pharmaceutical companies and distributors, cutting-edge researchers and politicians that have pushed for and against the war.

The War on Drugs in the Americas is essential reading for students studying Latin American History, International Studies or Politics through its clear and objective narrative of the origins, impact, and debates behind the War on Drugs in the US and Latin America.

Table of Contents



Unit 1: The War on Drugs Before 1981

Chapter 1: The US Before 1981

Chapter 2: The Caribbean Basin Before 1981

Chapter 3: South America Before 1981

Unit 2: The War on Drugs, 1981-1995

Chapter 4: The US, 1981-1995

Chapter 5: The Caribbean Basin, 1981-1995

Chapter 6: South America, 1981-1995

Unit 3: The War on Drugs, 1995-Present

Chapter 7: The US, 1995-Present

Chapter 8: The Caribbean Basin, 1995-Present

Chapter 9: South America, 1995-Present

Chapter 10: The Debate Over the Future

Suggested Readings List

About the Author

Christopher M. White is a Latin American History Professor at Marshall University in Huntington, WV. As a professor working in the state with the highest overdose rates in the country, his research is rooted in an evidence-driven approach toward explaining the War on Drugs.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Latin America / General
HISTORY / United States / General
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
HISTORY / United States / 21st Century
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General