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Andean Cocaine: The Making of a Global Drug

Andean Cocaine: The Making of a Global Drug

by Paul Gootenberg

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Illuminating A Hidden and fascinating chapter in the history of globalization, Paul Gootenberg chronicles the rise of one of the most spectacular and now illegal Latin American exports: cocaine.


Illuminating A Hidden and fascinating chapter in the history of globalization, Paul Gootenberg chronicles the rise of one of the most spectacular and now illegal Latin American exports: cocaine.

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[An] exceptionally well-researched and sophisticated world history of cocaine. . . . A provocative, wide-ranging, and convincing account.--The Historian

The anti-cocainism that arose in the United States transformed cocaine into a global threat in the first part of the 20th century. . . . This huge work untangles the multiple mechanisms of cocaine's social, local, and global construction, which transmuted a medical drug and commodity into a world menace with a war declared against it.Gootenberg has written a history that will make history.--European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies

A sophisticated analysis of cocaine commodity chains and public policy based on extensive archival research and a firm grasp of Peruvian history. The book should stand as the standard economic history of Andean cocaine for years to come.--Journal of Interdisciplinary History

An outstanding contribution to the history of narcotics and to the new global history….Andean Cocaine expands our knowledge of the commodity chain and global markets….[It] is an essential work for any scholar or student of the histories of narcotics, Latin America, and economics.--H-Net Reviews

The research that went into [Andean Cocaine] shows inspiration, dogged persistence, and a meticulous eye for detail.--Journal of Historical Geography

A truly fascinating and important book. . . .The role of coca and cocaine in Andean development is given a treatment which it is rarely accorded.--Journal of Latin American studies

Unquestionably the single most important volume on cocaine's international history, richly documented, and conceptually exciting. . . . Deserves a very wide audience, and will hopefully spark similar efforts in the drug and alcohol field.--Social History of Drugs and Alcohol

This excellent book adds a definitive archive-based history of cocaine. . . . A model of how to examine a particular drug substance in a specific part of the world while placing that examination in the broadest context.--Society & History

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Military Campaigns of the Civil War Series
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6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.40(d)

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There is simply no other work comparable to Andean Cocaine. The methodology, the evidence, and the interpretations come together in mutually reinforcing ways that make this arresting study an outstanding example of what scholars in history and anthropology should aspire to in their own work.--William O. Walker III, University of Toronto, author of Drug Trafficking in the Americas

Andean Cocaine is an important intellectual achievement. Gootenberg uses a fluent narrative and a new and sophisticated interpretation to discuss the link between local and global events and to explain the roles played by unequal actors and institutions. A first-class book.--Marcos Cueto, Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, Lima, Peru

This is a scrupulously detailed historical account of both the coca leaf and cocaine as global commodities. It argues convincingly that most attempts to stamp them out have proved counterproductive, ignoring both the enormous differences between coca and cocaine, and the ancient history of coca leaf use by indigenous Andean peoples. A thoughtful contribution to the growing literature on commodity chains.--Sidney W. Mintz, author of Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History

Meet the Author

Paul Gootenberg is professor of history at Stony Brook University in New York and author or editor of four other books, including Between Silver and Guano: Commercial Policies and the State in Postindependence Peru.

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