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Cover of: Reefer Madness | Eric Schlosser
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.

12 editions First published in 2003

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Reefer Madness
February 26, 2004, Penguin Books Ltd
in English
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Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market
2004, Houghton Mifflin Company
Paperback in English - 1st Mariner Books ed.
Cover of: Porno, marihuana y espaldas mojadas/ Reefer Madness
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Reefer Madness
May 1, 2003, Allen Lane
Paperback in English
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Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market
2003, Houghton Mifflin Company
Hardcover in English
Cover of: Reefer Madness
Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market
2003, Houghton Mifflin Company
Paperback in English
Cover of: Reefer Madness
Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market
2003, Houghton Mifflin Company
Hardcover in English
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Reefer Madness
2003, RB Large Print
Hardcover in English
Cover of: Reefer Madness and Other Tales from the American Underground
Reefer Madness and Other Tales from the American Underground
May 1, 2003, Simon & Schuster Audio
Audio Cassette in English - Unabridged edition
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Cover of: Reefer Madness Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market
Reefer Madness Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market
May 1, 2003, Simon & Schuster Audio
Audio CD in English - UNABRIDGED edition

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