The Drug Hang-Up / Rufus King / Signed First Edition HCDJ / History of Drug Law
Author : King, Rufus Title : The Drug Hang-Up: America's Fifty-Year Folly Publication : NY: W. Norton & Company, 1972 Edition : First Edition Description : A nicely inscribed copy of this articulate and damning history of America's enforcement-oriented approach to the drug problem. King investigates the various parties responsible for shaping the country's punitive drug laws, from overzealous law enforcement agencies to pharmaceutical companies keen to protect their bottom line. His research is thorough and cogently laid out, with frequent citations from congressional records and other government reports. Ultimately, he makes a case against criminalization as misguided and inefficient, and argues instead for a more measured federal response, one that involves improving access to addiction-related medical support and the abolition of all possession offenses. King's only significant oversight is his failure to address the racial inequities inherent in drug criminalization. Nonetheless, a useful social history, and a book that deserves renewed attention now that, another fifty years having passed, America? S draconian drug laws are finally being reconsidered in a more rational and humanistic light. INSCRIBED, dated and initialed by King on the front free endpaper: For Molly and George, dearest friends, who have put up with some of my addiction syndrome. Octavo 5.75 x 8.5 in. With index; brown cloth boards, gold spine lettering, in dust jacket. Dividing Line Books treats every order according to strict ethical and professional standards.
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