Thursday, April 09, 2020

Pg. 99: Lina Britto's "Marijuana Boom"

Featured at the Page 99 Test: Marijuana Boom: The Rise and Fall of Colombia's First Drug Paradise by Lina Britto.

About the book, from the publisher:
Before Colombia became one of the world’s largest producers of cocaine in the 1980s, traffickers from the Caribbean coast partnered with American buyers in the 1970s to make the South American country the main supplier of marijuana for a booming US drug market, fueled by the US hippie counterculture. How did Colombia become central to the creation of an international drug trafficking circuit? Marijuana Boom is the story of this forgotten history. Combining deep archival research with unprecedented oral history, Lina Britto deciphers a puzzle: Why did the Colombian coffee republic, a model of Latin American representative democracy and economic modernization, transform into a drug paradise, and at what cost?
Learn more about Marijuana Boom at the University of California Press.

The Page 99 Test: Marijuana Boom.

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