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Eric Schlosser, Reefer Madness

Just finished reading Eric Schlosser's Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market. Great subject matter - a journalistic study of three underground economies: marijuana, pornography and illegal immigrant labor - but the book doesn't really come across as a coherent whole, just three separate subjects unified by little more than a short and less-than-synthesizing concluding section. Each section was originally published as articles in The Atlantic, and the book indeed feels like it was just cobbled together from those articles, with the conclusion tacked on at the end. Good writing, though, and an interesting read for anyone intrigued by how illegal economies can flourish in America despite the offical disapproval of society.

September 18, 2009 in Books | Permalink