Pills, Powder, and Smoke: Inside the Bloody War on Drugs

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About the Author
Antony Loewenstein is an independent Australian journalist, blogger, photographer and documentarian. He is the author of two bestselling books, My Israel Question and Profits of Doom, co-author of For God's Sake, co-editor of Left Turn and After Zionism and writes for The Guardian, The Nation, Huffington Post, The Sydney Morning Herald, Haaretz and other prominent publications. He appears on the BBC, Al Jazeera English, ABC and many other media outlets. He is a Research Associate at the University of Technology's Australian Centre for Independent Journalism.

"Many people assume that as the war on drugs has failed and because a few countries have liberated cannabis as a recreational drug as well as a medicine, the "drug problem" is solved. This new book powerfully demolishes any such complacency that might have developed in the west. Drug wars represent a major, ongoing world-wide disaster. This book is a must-read for anyone pursuing a rational policy debate about drugs."
--Dr. David Nutt, author of Drugs without the Hot Air (UIT Press), and The Neurobiology of Addiction (OUP).

"Antony Loewenstein is an amazing journalist and this is an amazing book. Anyone who cares about the war on drugs--one of the biggest catastrophes in the world--should read this superb book right away."
--Johann Hari, author of Chasing the Scream and Lost Connections

"In this vivid, partisan piece of reportage, Australian journalist Loewenstein (Disaster Capitalism) depicts the catastrophic human consequences of the U.S.-led war on drugs and advocates for the legalization of all illicit substances. Loewenstein argues that America's prohibitionist policy serves not to counter abuse or impede trafficking, but rather to create corrupt "narco states" that are complicit with the federal government's foreign policy goals...Readers inclined to take a skeptical view of the drug war...will welcome Loewenstein's advocacy."
--Publishers Weekly

"A critique of the war on drugs, which, by the author's account, is mostly a war on the poor and dispossessed...The author examines several fronts in a war fought by Western governments, especially the U.S., on harder drugs that "are consumed nightly in such major cities as London, Sydney, New York, and Paris"...A sometimes overwrought but pressing survey calling into question a war that would seem to benefit only its combatants."
--Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Disaster Capitalism

"Chilling study, based on careful and courageous reporting, and illuminated with perceptive analysis, helps us understand all too well the saying that man is a wolf to man."
-Noam Chomsky

"A journey into a world of mutated economics and corrupt politics that we ignore at our peril."
-John Pilger

"I am very grateful that Antony Loewenstein has brought his meticulous reporting to this subject, and the result is a keenly observed and timely investigation into rampant resource plunder, privatised detention centres, and an array of other forms of corporate rapacity on four continents. This book will serve as a potent weapon for shock resistors around the world."
-Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything and The Shock Doctrine