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Crack
Rock Cocaine, Street Capitalism, and the Decade of Greed

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  • Publication planned for: October 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108425278

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  • A shattering account of the crack cocaine years from award-winning American historian David Farber, 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 often-merciless authorities who incarcerated legions of African Americans caught in the crack cocaine underworld. Based on interviews, archival research, judicial records, underground videos, and prison memoirs, Crack explains why, in a de-industrializing America in which market forces ruled and entrepreneurial risk-taking was celebrated, the crack industry was a lucrative enterprise for the 'Horatio Alger boys' of their place and time. These young, predominately African American entrepreneurs were profit-sharing partners in a deviant, criminal form of economic globalization. Hip Hop artists often celebrated their exploits but overwhelmingly, Americans - across racial lines -did not. Crack takes a hard look at the dark side of late twentieth-century capitalism.

    • Provides a compelling and engaging synthesis of the crack cocaine years in late twentieth-century America
    • Explains how and why the sale of crack cocaine became a major business opportunity for poor people in Reagan's America
    • Explores the politicized and legalistic responses to the so-called crack epidemic and how they targeted predominantly young African American men
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    • Publication planned for: October 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108425278
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Choosing crack: an introduction
    1. First comes cocaine, then comes crack: origin stories
    2. Crack the market: commodification and commercialization
    3. Crack up: the cost of hard-core consumption
    4. Crack money: manhood in the age of greed
    5. Crackdown: the politics and laws of drug enforcement
    6. Crack's retreat: a nation's slow, painful, and partial recovery.

  • Author

    David Farber, University of Kansas
    David Farber is Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Kansas. He is the author of numerous books, including Everybody Ought to be Rich (2013), The Rise and Fall of Modern American Conservatism (2010), Taken Hostage (2004), Sloan Rules (2002), The Age of Great Dreams (1994), and Chicago '68 (1988).

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