The strength of the wolf, the secret history of America's war on drugs

London: Verso, 2004. xvii, 554p., photo insert section (fairly extensive, mostly photoportraits, looks like uncommon stuff), first edition clothbacked boards in dj. A fine copy.

The author sums up his book on pp.2-3, it "is the first non-fiction book to thoroughly document the history of the F[ederal] B[ureau of] N[arcotics], from its birth in 1930 to its wrenching termination in 1968. It is based largely on interviews with agents, but their recollections are set within the context of the full extent of literary sources on the subject of federal drug law enforcemnt. There were never more than 350 agents in the FBN at any time, and I've refined the book by focusing on the most outstanding agents and their cases. The moral to their story is simple: in the process of penetrating the Mafia and the French connection, the case-making agents uncovered the Establishment's ties to organized crime; and that was their great undoing. That's also where the CIA comes into the picture" &c &c. See also chapter 20, "The FBN and the assassination of JFK," about 18p., Souetre & Co, Valentine traces or hypothesizes domestic links in detail.

Cat.No: 116914
ISBN: 1859845681

Price: $15.00