Webs of Smoke by Kathryn Meyer
Smugglers, Warlords, Spies, and the History of the International Drug Trade (State & Society in East Asia)

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This fascinating history of international drug trafficking in the first half of the twentieth century follows the stories of American narcs and gangsters, Japanese spies, Chinese warlords, and soldiers of fortune whose lives revolved around opium. The drug trade centered on China, which was before 1949, the world's largest narcotic market. The authors tell the interlocking stories of the many extraordinary personalities_sinister and otherwise_involved in narcotics trafficking in Asia, Europe, and the United States. Drawing on a rich store of U.S., British, European, Japanese, and Chinese archives, this unique study will be invaluable for all readers interested in the drug trade and contemporary East Asian history.
 

About Kathryn Meyer

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Kathryn Meyer is assistant professor of history at Wright State University. Terry Parssinen is professor of history at the University of Tampa in Florida. He has appeared twice on NPR's Fresh Air.
 
Published October 2, 2002 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 352 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Read on and join the ranks of those who appreciate just how complicated a problem drug trafficking and use really is, the authors pronounce in their book's foreword. The authors, both historians,

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""Read on and join the ranks of those who appreciate just how complicated a problem drug trafficking and use really is,"" the authors pronounce in their book's foreword.

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