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Crack by David Farber (University of Kansas)

Crack

Rock Cocaine, Street Capitalism, and the Decade of Greed

David Farber (University of Kansas)

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Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10 Oct 2019
ISBN: 9781108425278

Crack tells the story of the young men who bet their lives on the rewards of selling 'rock' cocaine, the people who gave themselves over to the crack pipe, and the merciless authorities who incarcerated legions of African Americans caught in the crack cocaine underworld.

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4 stars out of 5
Sean O'Hagan
21 Oct 2019

"...lives up to the promise of its title, moving deftly between social history, often lurid anecdotal evidence and a critique of the government’s “war on drugs”,"

Crack: Rock Cocaine, Street Capitalism and the Decade of Greedlives up to the promise of its title, moving deftly between social history, often lurid anecdotal evidence and a critique of the government’s “war on drugs”, which was launched by Ronald Reagan and intensified by George HW Bush. By 1990, one of its consequences was that African American offenders were receiving jail sentences that, on average, were 49% longer in duration than those handed out to their white counterparts... This riveting account of the crack years in America, which lasted roughly from the early 1980s until the mid-90s, is filled with such dark ironies, but it is the myriad brutal ways in which the drug affected already poor areas that linger: the tales of lives derailed by addiction and desperation, of communities devastated by violent robberies and assaults, and of families under siege from within by loved ones turned “feral and desperate” through addiction.

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