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About the Book

In Reefer Madness, the best-selling author of Fast Food Nation investigates America's black market and its far-reaching influence on our society through three of its mainstays -- pot, porn, and illegal immigrants. The underground economy is vast; it comprises perhaps 10 percent -- perhaps more -- of America's overall economy, and it's on the rise. Eric Schlosser charts this growth, and finds its roots in the nexus of ingenuity, greed, idealism, and hypocrisy that is American culture. He reveals the fascinating workings of the shadow economy by focusing on marijuana, one of the nation's largest cash crops; pornography, whose greatest beneficiaries include Fortune 100 companies; and illegal migrant workers, whose lot often resembles that of medieval serfs.

All three industries show how the black market has burgeoned over the past three decades, as America's reckless faith in the free market has combined with a deep-seated puritanism to create situations both preposterous and tragic. Through pot, porn, and migrants, Schlosser traces compelling parallels between underground and overground: how tycoons and gangsters rise and fall, how new technology shapes a market, how government intervention can reinvigorate black markets as well as mainstream ones, how big business learns -- and profits -- from the underground.

With intrepid reportage, rich history, and incisive argument, Schlosser illuminates the shadow economy and the culture that casts that shadow.

Edition Notes

Copyright Date
2003

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
330
LCCN Permalink
HD2346.U5 S35 2003

The Physical Object

Format
Paperback
Pagination
310p.
Number of pages
310

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL8531023M
Internet Archive
isbn_9780965762649
ISBN 10
0965762645, 0618334661
ISBN 13
9780965762649
LC Control Number
2002192164
OCLC/WorldCat
61699486
Paperback Swap
0965762645
Google
o9JZKVstBJ0C
Library Thing
1093
Goodreads
604
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