Paul Gootenberg's Andean Cocaine: The Making of a Global Drug PDF

By Paul Gootenberg

Illuminating a hidden and engaging bankruptcy within the heritage of globalization, Paul Gootenberg chronicles the increase of 1 of the main striking and now unlawful Latin American exports: cocaine.

Gootenberg strains cocaine's heritage from its origins as a scientific commodity within the 19th century to its repression through the early 20th century and its dramatic reemergence as a bootleg reliable after global struggle II. Connecting the tale of the drug's differences is a bunch of individuals, items, and procedures: Sigmund Freud, Coca-Cola, and Pablo Escobar all make appearances, exemplifying the worldwide affects that experience formed the historical past of cocaine. yet Gootenberg decenters the frequent tale to discover the jobs performed by way of hitherto imprecise yet important Andean actors as well--for instance, the Peruvian pharmacist who built the innovations for refining cocaine on an commercial scale and the creators of the unique drug-smuggling networks that many years later will be taken over by way of Colombian traffickers.

Andean Cocaine proves integral to knowing the most vexing social dilemmas of the overdue twentieth-century Americas: the yank cocaine epidemic of the Nineteen Eighties and, in its wake, the likely never-ending U.S. drug battle within the Andes.

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