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Old 05-20-03, 01:43 PM
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Reefer Madness?

I live in Austin and noticed that Eric Schlosser is going to be at Book People to do a book signing this Thursday. I loved his first book has anyone read this one yet?
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I've not read it but it sounds like he has an interesting take on things.

If you look into the background of how/why certain drugs were made illegal in the UK and the US and what happened afterwards you will appreciate where he is coming from. And I say that as one who doesn't even smoke unadulterated tobacco let alone anything else!

http://www.pdxnorml.org/Atlantic_Reefer_Madness.html
http://www.pdxnorml.org/Atlantic_Mar...d_the_Law.html

http://www.pdxnorml.org/Atlantic_Mon...d_the_Law.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/internatio...947692,00.html
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Thanks for the links man good read.
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Just got back from the event tonight. Eric spoke for about an hour and took questions for about 45 minutes. He seemed like a cool guy and did not rush anyone as he was talking. I got both books signed.
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Bump to see if anyone has started reading this and what their thoughts are...

It's interesting how he divides the major aspects of the black market into three sections that all work together. He's a great journalist. Unlike people like Ann Coulter, he actually provides a long section of notes and bibliography so that the reader, if he or she wishes, can go and verify the accuracy of his claims.
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[Me dumb]

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Originally posted by BigDaddy
Thanks for the links man good read.
</small> It was only when I looked at this again today that I "got" it!
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I was anxious to read this since Fast Food Nation is one of the best books I've ever read.

However, IMHO this book pales in comparison to FFN. I really enjoyed the piece on marijauna, the migrant farmer piece was OK, but the pornography piece was pretty boring - mainly just a long history lesson.

Just my two cents...
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I loved Fast Food Nation, so I will pick this up. Not sure anything could live up to FFN, but I'll give it a shot.

Wish I would have noticed the Book People thing when it happened. I love that book store and would have driven all the way to Austin for the book signing.
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Fast Food Nation is great, Reefer Madness is just good. I thought each of the three sections was interesting, but I would have liked to see each section more developed, as each of the topics is deserving of book treatment. The first part on pot was excellent. The second part on migrant workers was good but way too short. I thought the third part on porn was good, but as interesting as the biography on the porn guy was, I would have liked more info on other stuff, too. I also would have liked more proposed solutions to the problems described in the book. The 14 page epilogue of Fast Food Nation presented some workable solutions to the problems described, but with Reefer Madness it was just like, ok, these are problems, and now I know more about them, but how do we solve these problems. Still, very worthwhile reading. I eagerly look forward to Schlosser's next book on the prison system.

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