Thai Stick Surfers, Scammers, and the Untold Story of the Marijuana Trade

ISBN-10: 0231161344
ISBN-13: 9780231161343
Edition: 2013
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Description: Thailand's capital, Krungtep, known as Bangkok to Westerners and "the City of Angels" to Thais, has been home to smugglers and adventurers since the late eighteenth century. During the 1970s, it became a modern Casablanca to a new generation of  More...

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List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 11/12/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Thailand's capital, Krungtep, known as Bangkok to Westerners and "the City of Angels" to Thais, has been home to smugglers and adventurers since the late eighteenth century. During the 1970s, it became a modern Casablanca to a new generation of treasure seekers: from surfers looking to finance their endless summers to wide-eyed hippie true believers and lethal marauders leftover from the Vietnam War. Moving a shipment of Thai sticks from northeast Thailand farms to American consumers meant navigating one of the most complex smuggling channels in the history of the drug trade.Peter Maguire and Mike Ritter are the first historians to document this underground industry, the only record of its existence rooted in the fading memories of its elusive participants. Conducting hundreds of interviews with smugglers and law enforcement agents, the authors recount the buy, the delivery, the voyage home, and the product offload. They capture the eccentric personalities who transformed the Thai marijuana trade from a GI cottage industry into one of the world's most lucrative commodities, unraveling a rare history from the smugglers' perspective.

Peter Maguire, the author of Law and War: An American Story, has taught at Bard College and Columbia University.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Map
Surfers, Scammers, and the Counterculture
The Hippie Trail
Kuta Beach
Thai Sticks
Pattaya Beach Ground Zero
The Great Circle Route and the Sea of Grass
The Gold Rush
Pirates and Perils
Multitons and Mother Ships
The DEA Gains Ground
Confidential Informant
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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