By Peter Temin,Mike
Located at the left financial institution of the Chao Phya River, Thailand's capital, Krungthep, referred to as Bangkok to Westerners and "the urban of Angels" to Thais, has been domestic to smugglers and adventurers because the past due eighteenth century. throughout the Nineteen Seventies, it turned a contemporary Casablanca to a brand new iteration of treasure seekers, from surfers trying to finance their unending summers to wide-eyed hippie actual believers and deadly marauders left over from the Vietnam War.
Moving a cargo of Thai sticks from northeast Thailand farms to American shoppers intended navigating probably the most advanced smuggling channels within the historical past of the drug exchange. Many omit that till the mid-1970s, the majority of marijuana fed on within the usa used to be imported, and there has been little to no family production.
Peter Maguire and Mike Ritter are the 1st historians to rfile this underground undefined, the one checklist of its lifestyles rooted within the fading thoughts of its elusive members. Drawing on thousands of interviews with smugglers and legislation enforcement brokers, the authors recount the purchase, supply, voyage domestic, and product offload. They trap the eccentric personalities of the lads and ladies who remodeled the Thai marijuana alternate from a GI cottage right into a professionalized company relocating the world's such a lot profitable commodities, unraveling an extraordinary background from the smugglers' perspective.
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Thai Stick: Surfers, Scammers, and the Untold Story of the Marijuana Trade by Peter Temin,Mike