Narconomics

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4 out of 5 stars
By Gregory Monk on 05-06-17

A well rounded analysis on the war on drugs

Where does Narconomics rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Towards the top end. It isn't a life changing non-fiction like some I have read but I found it very useful to flesh out my knowledge of the drugs trade.

What other book might you compare Narconomics to, and why?

The two other major non-fiction books I've read on drugs have been Chasing the Scream by Johann Hari and Drugs Without the Hot Air by Professor David Nutt. This book has bits of both from these books (ethical and scientific approaches) as well as the economic slant running through. I would recommend all three of these books.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Though not set out in scenes I did enjoy the chapter on people trafficking and migration and the links between the actions of the drugs trades and those trades.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were many examples of injustice littered throughout and it is a great shame that as societies we have maintained these practices despite the evidence suggesting we are approaching it incorrectly.

Any additional comments?

A book that did cover the ethical side of things (I had worried it would be simply economics when I purchased it and I'm happy I was wrong) unfortunately didn't cover the inherent racism and class war involved in these practices in enough detail for my liking but generally was a strong piece of work throughout.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mr on 19-06-17

Origional, thought-provoking, challenging.

Any additional comments?

A very interesting new take on narcotics, looking at the business from an economic angle and drawing parallels between conventional business practices. Turns out there's not as much difference as you might think once you get passed the murders. I was particularly interested in the phenomenon of "franchising" criminal gangs much as fast-food outlets do.

The book ends with an argument for legalization, which I was expecting. This is a policy I don't personally agree with, however one of this books strengths is that no-matter where you are in the drugs debate, there's something here that will make you uncomfortable. And if the war on drugs is to continue, which for at least the most dangerous substances seems unavoidable: this book makes a powerful argument for a radical change in tactics.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By duhhh on 23-11-16

A must listen book

this was one of the best audio books I have ever heard. Utilising both statistics and stories to tell a rich and compelling narrative regarding the war on drugs. It went so far to change my opinions on specific core issues, such as core legalisation and the treatment of prisoners. This is the kind of audio book you want every single citizen to hear.

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5 out of 5 stars
By wjn80 on 04-10-16

Brilliant - politicians the world over should read this book.

Excellent and challenging work. This illustrates in a very engaging way, where policy makers may have taken a wrong turn in battle against narcotics and organised crime.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Paul Dixon on 21-05-16

Entertaining and eye-opening

Any additional comments?

Enjoyable, illuminating and level-headed. Not the lascivious exposé of the daily workings of drug smuggling I might have hoped for but really good nonetheless. Centred around the Latin American cocaine and marajuana business. Other drugs, most notably legal highs, are examined, but in less detail. The subtitle is a publisher's flourish - this is a populist economics book first and foremost and better for it. Very well narrated though I would have preferred a British voice for a British author.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mr. T. P. Bedingfield on 04-05-16

Utterly superb!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely - changed the way I think of drug use

What was one of the most memorable moments of Narconomics?

The way we get it so wrong on addicts and gangstas

What does Brian Hutchison bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Sarcasm and humour

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes both times

Any additional comments?

Very good all round.

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