Andean Cocaine: The Making of a Global Drug by Paul Gootenberg

By Paul Gootenberg

Illuminating a hidden and engaging bankruptcy within the background of globalization, Paul Gootenberg chronicles the increase of 1 of the main stunning and now unlawful Latin American exports: cocaine.

Gootenberg lines cocaine's heritage from its origins as a scientific commodity within the 19th century to its repression through the early 20th century and its dramatic reemergence as a bootleg stable after global struggle II. Connecting the tale of the drug's modifications is a bunch of individuals, items, and strategies: Sigmund Freud, Coca-Cola, and Pablo Escobar all make appearances, exemplifying the worldwide impacts that experience formed the background of cocaine. yet Gootenberg decenters the known tale to discover the jobs performed via hitherto imprecise yet important Andean actors as well--for instance, the Peruvian pharmacist who constructed the thoughts for refining cocaine on an commercial scale and the creators of the unique drug-smuggling networks that many years later will be taken over by way of Colombian traffickers.

Andean Cocaine proves vital to knowing some of the most vexing social dilemmas of the past due twentieth-century Americas: the yank cocaine epidemic of the Nineteen Eighties and, in its wake, the probably unending U.S. drug warfare within the Andes.

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