In Cocaine: White Gold Rush in Peru
, Edmundo Morales, a native of Peru now working in durg research for the State of New York, offers a candid behind-the-scenes look at the world of cocaine from the remote Peruvian jungle plots where the coca plant is cultivated, to the primitive laboratories where coca paste and cocaine alkaloid are extracted from coca leaves, and on to the distribution network that moves the cocaine to Columbia, whenice it is shipped to points north. Morales shows how the cocaine trade has come to dominate the economic, political, and social climate of Peru, which is the source of nearly two-thirds of the world coca crop. . . . Morales's study confirms that, for Peru, the cocaine industry is a problem not of drug use and abuse, but of economics. Barring a sharp drop in demande, current proposed anti-coca programs are bound to fail, because what economic force can replace coca?
Wayne Lutton, National Review
Goes beyond drug mafia stereotypes to provide an in-depth, first-hand look at coca production in the Peruvian Andes. . . . a good resource for anyone concerned with the nuts and bolts of drug cultivation and its firm hold in the Peruvian highlands.
Washington Report on the Hemisphere
Only when citizens of the U.S. understand how profoundly the drug trade is part of Peruvian society can they understand the difficulty in stopping the problem. This book provides excellent research and background material for arriving at such an understanding.
[Morales] has been able to do something that few others could ever hope to pull off: comprehensive field research from 1981 to 1985 in the coca zones along the frontier of the upper jungle valleys on the eastern slopes of the Andes. The result was his dissertation and thenafter a subsequent field visit focused explicitly on the cocaine industry and its impactthis uniquely valuable book.
No other single volume . . . does a better job of plumbing the depths of the coca/cocaine tragedy and indicating alternative directions of thought and action.
Latin American Anthropology Review