Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Trim: 5¾ x 9
978-0-7425-2003-5 • Paperback • October 2002 • $46.00 • (£35.00)
978-1-4617-0587-1 • eBook • October 2002 • $43.50 • (£33.00)
Kathryn Meyer is professor of history at Wright State University. Terry Parssinen is professor of history at the University of Tampa in Florida. He has appeared twice on NPR's Fresh Air.
Chapter 1 Introduction: Men in the Shadows
Chapter 2 Bureaucrats
Chapter 3 Merchants
Chapter 4 Monopolies
Chapter 5 Noveaux Riches
Chapter 6 Europeans
Chapter 7 Warlords
Chapter 8 Soldiers of Fortune
Chapter 9 Spies
Chapter 10 Americans
Chapter 11 Communists
Chapter 12 The Myth of Conspiracy
Compact, well-documented. . . . Provide[s] persuasive evidence that the war on drugs has never worked well and that new approaches must be tried.
— The Review of Higher Education
An extraordinary history of international narcotics trafficking in the 1900s.
— Crime and Justice International
A most original interpretation of international drug trafficking based on extensive research in western and Asian sources. . . . Highly recommended—a bold contribution.
— David Courtwright, University of North Florida
Meyer and Parssinen write with exceptional clarity, covering material that has never been adequately addressed. Together, they have written a masterful account of the development of international drug trafficking and this century's long battle with it.
— Alan Block, The Pennsylvania State University
This book makes an important contribution to the drug debate by presenting the history of the modern drug trade and the parallel law enforcement efforts in a fully textured and balanced way. It probes motives and examines structures. It follows trafficking organizations from their creation to their demise.
— Jack A. Blum, former special counsel, Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Webs of Smoke is a remarkable account of twentieth-century drug trafficking and smuggling. Meyer and Parssinen have found documentation—some only recently declassified—that reveals a fascinating picture of the organization, techniques, and fate of dealers in illicit drugs.
— David Musto, Yale University
Meyer and Parssinen have put together an authoritative and well-documented account of the history of world traffic in illicit narcotics in the first half of the twentieth century.
— Library Journal
Meyer and Parssinen contribute a great deal to our understanding of the nature of the relationship between drug traffickers and political leaders, which was often ambiguous and more flexible than may be imagined at first glance. . . . This study is not only a major contribution to historical scholarship on international drug traffic; it is also an absorbing story filled with fascinating characters. . . . This is a first-rate study that merits a wide readership.
— John M. Jennings, United States Air Force Academy; American Historical Review
A broad and thought-provoking book.
— The Copenhagen Journal Of Asian Studies