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Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market

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An edition of Reefer Madness (2003)

Reefer Madness

Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market

1st Mariner Books ed. (1)
  • 4.00 ·
  • 3 Ratings
  • 17 Want to read
  • 0 Currently reading
  • 4 Have read
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Pages
336

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America's black market is much larger than we realize, and it affects us all deeply, whether or not we smoke pot, rent a risqué video, or pay our kid's nannies in cash. In Reefer Madness the best-selling author of Fast Food Nation turns his exacting eye on the underbelly of the American marketplace and its far-reaching influence on our society. Exposing three American mainstays — pot, porn, and illegal immigrants — Eric Schlosser shows how the black market has burgeoned over the past several decades. He also draws 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, and how big business learns — and profits — from the underground.

Reefer Madness is a powerful investigation that illuminates the shadow economy and the culture that casts that shadow.
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Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market
2004, Houghton Mifflin Company
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Reefer Madness
February 26, 2004, Penguin Books Ltd
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Reefer Madness
May 1, 2003, Allen Lane
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2003, Houghton Mifflin Company
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2003, Houghton Mifflin Company
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Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market
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Boston, USA

Table of Contents

The underground --
Reefer madness --
In the strawberry fields --
An empire of the obscene --
Out of the underground --
Afterword : more madness.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 303-311) and index.
"A Mariner book."
Originally published: 2003. With new afterword.

Genre
Case studies.
Copyright Date
2004

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
330
Library of Congress
HD2346.U52 S34 2004, HD2346, HD2346.U5 S35 2004

The Physical Object

Format
Paperback
Pagination
336 p. :
Number of pages
336

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL3383313M
Internet Archive
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ISBN 10
0618446702
ISBN 13
9780618446704
LC Control Number
2004558507
OCLC/WorldCat
841413455
Amazon ID (ASIN)
0618446702
Google
xpoumAEACAAJ
Library Thing
1093
Goodreads
30810

Work Description

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.

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