Reefer Madness by Eric Schlosser
Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market

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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 kids’ 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 techonology 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.
 

About Eric Schlosser

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Eric Schlosser, a contributing editor at the Atlantic Monthly, won a National Magazine Award for an article he wrote on strawberry picking for that magazine. His work has been nominated for several other National Magazine Awards and for the Loeb Award for business journalism.
 
Published April 1, 2004 by Mariner Books. 328 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Law & Philosophy, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Publishers Weekly

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From the bestselling author of Fast Food Nation comes this captivating look at the underbelly of the American marketplace. In three sections, Schlosser, an <EMPH

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Eric Schlosser's brand of advocacy journalism lays out facts, induces a little outrage, and makes common-sense suggestions, all while remaining so...

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National Review Online

The experience of Ed Rosenthal of Oakland, California, accelerates the day when heavy dilemmas in our legal system might just force a fresh look at our marijuana laws.

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