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Stacy Zellmann <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 20 May 2004 14:16:21 -0500
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Dear ListServ Administrator:

Please post this to Screen-L. Also, please let me know if you'd like to
review the book for your listserv.  Thanks!

Best wishes,
Stacy Zellmann
Direct Marketing Manager
University of Minnesota Press
111 Third Avenue South, Suite 290
Minneapolis, MN 55401-2520

Investigates the central role of drug trafficking and enforcement in the
extension of imperial power.

DRUG WARS: The Political Economy of Narcotics
Curtis Marez
University of Minnesota Press | 384 pages | 2004
ISBN 0-8166-4059-9 | hardcover | $59.95
ISBN 0-8166-4060-2 | paperback | $19.95

In Drug Wars, cultural critic Curtis Marez examines two hundred years of
writings, graphic works, films, and music that both demonize and celebrate
the commerce in cocaine, marijuana, and opium, providing a bold
interdisciplinary exploration of drugs in the popular imagination.
Throughout Marez juxtaposes official drug policy and propaganda with
subversive images that challenge and sometimes even taunt government and
legal efforts. Ranging from the writings of Sigmund Freud to pro­drug lord
Mexican popular music, gangsta rap, and Brian De Palma's 1983 epic Scarface,
Drug Wars moves from the representations and realities of the Opium Wars to
the long history of drug and immigration enforcement on the U.S.-Mexican
border, and to cocaine use and interdiction in South America, Middle Europe,
and among American Indians.

For more information, including the table of contents, visit the book's

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