Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market

by Eric Schlosser | Nonfiction |
ISBN: 0618446702 Global Overview for this book
Registered by literarylover of Miami, Florida USA on 7/10/2008
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6 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by literarylover from Miami, Florida USA on Thursday, July 10, 2008
Received this via www.paperbackswap.com

So far so good- I'm already half way through it.

Journal Entry 2 by literarylover from Miami, Florida USA on Sunday, July 13, 2008
Just finished it.
This book is great! It gives an interesting perspective of the black market and its far-reaching impact on society- particularly, marijuana, porn and illegal immigrant labor.

Journal Entry 3 by literarylover from Miami, Florida USA on Tuesday, July 15, 2008
This book was so great that I wanted to share it with others! I'm turning it into a bookring.

The List
1. MrMustard - UK - (international)
2. okyrhoe - Greece - (international)
3. outofreach - Australia - (Aussie preferred)<------- Book is Here
4. Jozebedee - UK -
5. ninkasi - USA - (international)
6. supertalya - Korea (APO) -
7. Withoutwings - USA - (US preferred)
8. Queniene - USA - (US only)
9. top-tappser - USA - (US/Canada only)
10. back to literarylover - USA


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-- Journal the book as soon as you receive it, and contact the next person for their mailing address.
-- Take as much time as you need, but try to read within 4-6 weeks so the ring keeps moving along.
-- Take a moment to journal your thoughts on the book when finished. It's interesting to read other's feelings on the book too!

Journal Entry 4 by literarylover from Miami, Florida USA on Wednesday, July 23, 2008
On its way to MrMustard in the UK!

Journal Entry 5 by MrMustard from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Sunday, August 03, 2008
Arrived safely yesterday. Thanks very much literarylover. Will read it as soon as I've finished The House of Sleep

Journal Entry 6 by MrMustard from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Sunday, August 24, 2008
An interesting look at the hypocrisy of US laws concerning drugs, porn and labour by the man who brought us 'Fast Food Nation'. In short, it points out the obvious, that 'freedom' in the US applies more to corporations than it does to individuals. Want to smoke an apparently harmless drug in the privacy of your own home? Off to jail with you! Want to employ illegal immigrants and pay them less than a living wage for long hours of backbreaking work? If anyone bothers to investigate at all, you might get a slap on the wrists. Crazy stuff.

This will be on its way to okyrhoe just as soon as I can get it packaged up and to a Post Office.

Journal Entry 7 by MrMustard from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Wednesday, August 27, 2008
On its way to okyrhoe as of yesterday. Hopefully it will land safely in Greece shortly.

Journal Entry 8 by okyrhoe from Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on Saturday, September 06, 2008
Arrived yesterday. Thanks literarylover for including me in the bookring, and MrMustard for posting it to me!
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Interesting and informative, but I was a bit disappointed at the lack of a unified conclusion connecting the three segments. Schlosser does try his best to document and substantiate the information of the black economy. However by sticking to the 'facts' we don't get any insight into the rationales and the motivations of the people involved in the illicit trade of drugs, pornography, and migrant laborers.

What I'd like to understand is why the large numbers of people involved in these dangerous & illegal practices still remain 'in the business' despite the exploitation &/or dangers involved, not to mention the diminishing rewards (since only a few at the top truly profit).

Also, I'm not convinced that greater 'freedom' and/or 'legalization' are viable solutions. The recent burgeoning phenomenon of forced prostitution (of foreign women illegally smuggled into the country) in countries where prostitution is already legal illustrates the complexity of the matter.

Journal Entry 9 by outofreach from Melbourne CBD, Victoria Australia on Wednesday, November 26, 2008
this book just got here together with another bookring the other day.
might take me a little while to read..

just a short update. it's already january and i'm finally reading this book now. sorry but summer and the yummy weather seems to keep me from reading..

will contact the next person in line once i'm done and update here, too..

okay this book is finally going to jozebedee in the uk.

thank you all for sharing and for your patience.

Journal Entry 10 by Jozebedee from Nantwich, Cheshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Book received - thanks. On the TBR pile.

Journal Entry 11 by Jozebedee from Nantwich, Cheshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, May 13, 2009
I really enjoyed this book. It was an interesting insight into the US, albeit unfortunately a slow one for me. Sorry I have had the book for a while. ninkasi is no longer an active BCer, so will post on to supertalya once address is received.

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On its way now to supertalya!

Journal Entry 13 by Supertalya on Wednesday, June 03, 2009
It made it! :-)

I learned a lot from it. I am not really into marijuana, but it is interesting to find out the history and criminalization of it. I am sending it on to Queenie as Withoutwings is a known staller and still has two of my books.

I haven't heard from anyone about this book. I have tried everyone down the line.

I am going to wild release it this weekend.

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