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

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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 ...

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Overview

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780979988653
  • Publisher: Trine Day
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 566,507
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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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Table of Contents

Author's Notes xi

Cast of Main Characters xv

Chapter 1 The Shadow of the Wolf 1

Chapter 2 The McDonnell Case 11

Chapter 3 Connoisseurs of Chaos 16

Chapter 4 Turning to Tartaglino 28

Chapter 5 Symbolic Strategies 35

Chapter 6 The Big Picture 47

Chapter 7 A New York Narcotic Agent in Saigon 62

Chapter 8 Rude Awakenings 78

Chapter 9 Espionage Intrigues 93

Chapter 10 The First Infestations 101

Chapter 11 Angels and Archangels 117

Chapter 12 The Politics of Enforcement 133

Chapter 13 Shock Treatment 147

Chapter 14 Chasing the Dragon 162

Chapter 15 New York, New York 177

Chapter 16 Capitol Capers 193

Chapter 17 Covert Intelligence 208

Chapter 18 The Parallel Mechanism 222

Chapter 19 Myles to Go 234

Chapter 20 The DEA 245

Chapter 21 The Dirty Dozen 261

Chapter 22 The Serpent in My Garden 275

Chapter 23 Political Drug Wars 290

Chapter 24 If at First 307

Chapter 25 Going Underground 325

Chapter 26 George White's Ghost 342

Chapter 27 Enter the FBI 356

Chapter 28 The Age of Narco-Terrorism 373

Chapter 29 The View from the Top 388

Epilogue 404

Photographs & Documents 413

Acronyms 447

End Notes 449

Bibliography 505

Personal Sources 513

Index 517

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