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The authors hire the strategies of oral background to penetrate the nether global of the drug consumer, giving us an engrossing portrait of existence within the drug tradition throughout the "classic" period of strict narcotic regulate. compliment for the hardcover variation: "A momentous e-book which i think is destined to turn into a vintage within the classification of scholarly narcotic books."--Claude Brown, writer of the bestseller, Manchild within the Promised Land. "The drug literature is stuffed with the stereotyped evaluations of non-addicted, middle-class pundits who've had little direct touch with addicts. those tales are truth. Narcotic addicts of the interior towns are either difficult and delicate, misleading while beneficial and but frequently generous--above all, clever judges of personality. whereas judging them, the clinician is additionally being judged."--Vincent P. Dole, M.D., The Rockefeller Institute. "What used to be it prefer to be a narcotic addict through the Anslinger period? No ebook will most likely ever look that provides a greater photo than this one. . . . a singularly readable and informative paintings on an issue quite often buried in cliches and stereotypes."--Donald W. Goodwin, magazine of the yank clinical organization " . . . a major contribution to the becoming physique of literature that makes an attempt to extra essentially outline the character of drug dependancy. . . . [This booklet] will entice a various viewers. Academicians, politicians, and the final reader will locate this method of drug dependancy super useful, insightful, and instructive. . . . with no qualification someone wishing to procure a greater knowing of drug addicts and habit will take advantage of interpreting this book."--John C. McWilliams, Pennsylvania journal of background and Biography "This examine has a lot to claim to a common viewers, in addition to these fascinated with drug control."--Publishers Weekly "The authors' reviews are perceptive and the interviews make fascinating reading."--John Duffy, magazine of yank background "This ebook provides a necessary and infrequently compelling human size to the tale of drug use and legislation enforcement. the fabric may be of significant worth to different experts, corresponding to these drawn to the heritage of geared up crime and of outsiders in general."--H. Wayne Morgan, magazine of Southern historical past "This ebook represents an important and invaluable addition to the modern substance abuse literature. . . . this booklet provides findings from a singular and remarkably imaginitive study method in a cogent and exceedingly informative manner."--William M. Harvey, magazine of Psychoactive medications "This is an effective and significant e-book choked with new info containing provocative components often introduced forth throughout the touching info of private event. . . . there isn't any recollection which is not of intrinsic worth and plenty of element to concerns not often broached in additional traditional studies."--Alan Block, magazine of Social background

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By 1981 we had recorded sixty-five life histories, amounting to more than two hundred hours of oral testimony. It soon became apparent that we had more than enough material for a book conceived as a collection of first-person narratives. That is to say, our model was the edited anthology rather than the work of formal ethnography or statistical analysis. We have consciously adopted the format of such oral history classics as Ronald Blythe's Akenfield: Portrait of an English Village (1969), Studs Terkel's Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression (1970), and Tamara Hareven and Randolph Langenbach's Amoskeag: Life and J#rk in an American Factory-City (1978).

S. , 1964), 771. This chart represents the Bureau of Narcotics' version of classic-era history and epidemiology. Every time a federal law was passed, the prevalence of addictioil allegedly diminished. Note also the comment on "Majority Negro and Puerto Rican" after 1945. Not all of the information presented above is erroneous; nevertheless, the slope, coordinates, and assumptions of the "ski-jump curve" have been repeatedly questioned. Anslinger was notorious for his willingness to manipulate prevalence data to achieve legislative ends.

42 Someone like John (chapter 6), who stole an estimated seven million dollars worth of merchandise and money during his addiction career, would be Exhibit A in Lindesmith's case; Exhibit B was the British system of medical maintenance, which to that point had resulted in neither serious crime nor an inordinate amount of addiction. Lindesmith and others essentially charged the Bureau with benighted prohibitionism, resulting in huge costs to both users and society. " 43 If the crime issue was one fault line along which the narcotic consensus fractured, then marijuana was another.

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