The Strength of the Pack: The Personalities, Politics and Espionage Intrigues That Shaped the DEA

The Strength of the Pack: The Personalities, Politics and Espionage Intrigues That Shaped the DEA

by Douglas Valentine
     
 

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Through interviews with former narcotics agents, politicians, and bureaucrats, this exposé documents previously unknown aspects of the history of federal drug law enforcement, from the formation of the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs and the creation of the Drugh Enforcement Administration (DEA) up until the present day. Written in an easily

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Through interviews with former narcotics agents, politicians, and bureaucrats, this exposé documents previously unknown aspects of the history of federal drug law enforcement, from the formation of the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs and the creation of the Drugh Enforcement Administration (DEA) up until the present day. Written in an easily accessible style, the narrative examines how successive administrations expanded federal enforcement operations at home and abroad; investigates how the CIA compromised the war on drugs; analyzes the Nixon, Reagan, Bush, Clinton and second Bush administrations' failed attempts to alter the DEA's course; and traces the agency's evolution into its current stage of "narco-terrorism."

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"A Herculean exploration of the dark world of drugs and law enforcement."  —Anthony Summers, author, The Arrogance of Power, on The Strength of the Wolf

"Compelling."  —New York Times on The Hotel Tacloban

"No book to date conveys the hideousness of the Vietnam War as thoroughly as this one."  —Publishers Weekly on The Phoenix Program

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780979988653
Publisher:
Trine Day
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
849,934
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

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Peter Dale Scott
An indispensible resource for those who wish to understand the politics of drug enforcement in America; and for those with any sense of the subject's real importance it is a gripping read as well. (Peter Dale Scott, author, The War Conspiracy, and coauthor, Drugs, Oil and War)
Roger Morris
Doug Valentine belongs to that precious remnant of journalists and historians with the wisdom to see our time, the integrity and courage to write about it, and the literary grace to bring it all chillingly alive. (Roger Morris, member of the National Security Council under Presidents Johnson and Nixon, and author of bestselling biographies.)

Meet the Author

Douglas Valentine is a former private investigator and consultant and the author of The Hotel Tacloban, The Phoenix Program, The Strength of the Wolf, and TDY. He lives in Longmeadow, Massachusetts.

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