The Candy Machine

  • by Tom Feiling
  • Narrated by Adrian Mulraney
  • 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In The Candy Machine, Tom Feiling travels the trade routes from Colombia via Miami, Kingston and Tijuana to London and New York. He meets Medellín hitmen, US kingpins, Brazilian traffickers and talks to soldiers and narcotics officers who fight the gangs and cartels. He traces cocaine's progress from legal ‘pick-me-up' to luxury product to global commodity, looks at legalization programmes in countries like Switzerland, and shows how America's anti-drugs crusade is actually increasing demand. Cutting through the myths about the white market, this is the story of cocaine as it's never been told before.


What the Critics Say

“A vivid, argumentative, arresting book based on extensive interviews with people involved in the cocaine routes which run from Colombia to American and British cities.” ( The Telegraph)
"I’ve read a few documentary accounts of the rise of cocaine and this might be the best of them. It’s clear sharp and solid. Very well told." ( The Evening Standard)
“It’s hard to decide if Tom Feilings future lies as a QC or the new Paul Theroux.” ( The Sunday Telegraph)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great book

Very informative book ; covers the history and the inevitable corruption of officials /governments in the war against the cocaine trade. The way common sense is ignored ie prohibition . Also mentions the positive uses of the drug : south american coca drink - 3 different Popes have used this coca tea !
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- Will

interesting and eye opening.

a really good insight into the war on drugs and how it has failed us
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- olivia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-10-2011
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd