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Here are some of our recommendations for books, cassette tapes and videos. We do not sell these. We try to give you the information you need to find them and a little content for some of them.

Page Contents:
Books - The Drug War
Books - Privacy
Books - Police Reality
Books - Prison Industrial Complex
Books - History and Misc.
Cassette Tapes

Books - The Drug War:

Federal Criminal Defendant's Handbook: Negotiating the Long Lonely Road from Arrest to Prison to Freedom
......by Douglas J. Hill, J.D.
Kensington Publishers
1563 Solano Ave. PMB 533
Berkeley, CA 94707
Cost $44.95 plus tax and shipping
Shattered Lives: Potraits from America's Drug War
......by Mikki Norris, Chris Conrad and Virginia Ressner
Creative Xpressions
PO Box 1716
El Cerrito, CA 94530
Cost $19.95
Marijuana Law
......by Richard Glen Boire (Ronin Publishing Inc., Box 522 Berkeley, Ca 94701)
(Legal rights, searches, seizures, privacy, rulings, stories, dogs, cars, houses and more... basic, updated legal information, well organized and presented to help people understand relevant laws and rights.)
Drug War Polictics: The Price of Denial
......by Eve Bertram, Morris Blachman, Kenneth Sharpe, Peter Andreas (UC, 1996; 263pp.)
(Three parts:
1) Confronting Denial
2) Paradigms, Power, and the Politics of Denial
3) Public Health and the Struggle for Reform)
Drug Warriors and Their Prey: From Police Power to Police State
......by Richard Lawrence Miller (Praeger, 1996; 193pp.)
(Historian Miller presents numerous examples of drug law enforcement run amok, and argues that not only are "criminal justice" zealots harming the democracy they are sworn to protect, but that authoritarians are deliberately stoking public fear in order to undermine traditional legal rights. Cogent quotations and unnerving examples of the recent adoption here of principles established by the Nazi legal codes of the '30's and '40's.)
Drug Crazy: How We Got Into This Mess and How We Can Get Out
......by Mike Gray (Random House, 1998; 198pp.)
("Since the early 1960's every movement has wished for a powerful, persuasive, best-selling book like Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" or Ralph Nader's "Unsafe At Any Speed" to catapult reform to the top of the nation's consciousness. Mike Gray's "Drug Crazy" deserves to be that book for drug policy reform. ...If you have sometimes felt you needed another way to explain to family and friends why you were so concerned about drug policy...you should give them this book.")
Smoke and Mirrors
......by Dan Baum (Little, Brown, 1996; 340pp.)
(Baum is a former reporter for the Atlanta Constitution and the Wall Street Journal. He interviewed more than 175 people--from John Erlichmann to Janet Reno--to tell the story of how Drug War fever has been escalated and manipulated from it's modest beginnings at the start of the Nixon administration and clarifies the various interests which that escalation has served.)
The Return of the Dangerous Classes: Drug Prohibition and Policy Politics
......by Diana R. Gordon (Norton, 1994; 316pp.)
("Examines five varied examples of current drug policies, establishing that prohibition policies have done as much to distort politics and impoverish communities as drug abuse itself. Reveals the terrible price we pay in pursuing failed efforts at eradicating drug use--intensifying racial and generational conflicts and destroying constitutional protections for the innocent as well as the guilty.")

Books - Privacy:

Directory of Privacy Professionals
($18.50, from Privacy Journal, 401/274-7861, privacyjournal@prodigy.net). This directory lists more than 500 individuals and organizations with expertise in the privacy field, worldwide.
Ben Franklin's Web Site: Privacy and Curiosity from Plymouth Rock to the Internet
......by Robert Ellis Smith (Privacy Journal, 2000; 361pp.)
(A fascinating history of the evolution in U.S. society and law of the tension between the expectation of privacy and insatiable curiousity.)
Privacy for Sale: How Computerization Has Made Everyone's Private Life an Open Secret
......by Jeffery Rothfeder

Books - Police Reality:

Protectors of Privilege: Red Squads and Police Repression in Urban America
......by Frank Donner (UC, 1990; 369pp.)
(A detailed historical review of the coordinated use of municipal police forces in domestic political repression; specific chapters on four metropolises, and one covering five second-tier cities.)
Above the Law
......by Jerome Skolnick & James Fyfe (Free Press, 1994; 270pp.)
("This book is not just good and thorough; it is a bravura treatment of police brutality. Everything is here; description of the problem, analysis of it's causes, and evaluation of programs for reform.")
The Edge of the Knife
......by Paul Chevigny (New Press, 1995; 273pp.)
("...the first study to investigate police violence and accountability in the U.S., Latin America, and the Carribean. ...Examines the use of torture, deadly force, and less drastic forms of violence in six major urban centers in the Americas.")
Police Brutality: An Anthology
......by Jill Nelson, ed. (Norton, 2000; 260pp.)
(Police brutality is one of America's most serious domestic problems. This revelatory anthology ... is both a landmark work of social protest and a prismatic search for answers.")

Books - Prison-Industrial Complex:

Criminal Injustice: Confronting the Prison Crisis
......ed. by Elihu Rosenblatt (South End, 1996; 345pp.)
Twice the Work of Free Labor: The Political Economy of Convict Labor in the New South
......by Alex Lichtenstein (Verso, 1996; 195pp.)
Worse Than Slavery: Parchman Farm and the Ordeal of Jim Crow Justice
......by David M. Oshinsky (Free Press, 1996; 255pp.)
Acres of Skin: Human Experiments at Holmesburg Prison
......by Allen M. Hornblum (Routledge, 1998; 246pp.)
The Celling of America: An Inside Look at the U.S. Prison Industry
......ed. by Daniel Burton-Rose (Common Courage, 1998; 249pp.)
Prison Madness: The Mental Health Crisis Behind Bars and What We Must Do About It
......by Terry Kupers (Jossey-Bass, 1999; 273pp.)
Lockdown America: Police and Prisons in the Age of Crisis
......by Christian Parenti (Verso, 1999; 244pp.)

Books - History and Misc:

The Zinn Reader Writings on Disobedience and Democracy
......by Howard Zinn
A People's History of the United States
......by Howard Zinn
A People's History of the American Revolution: how common people shaped the fight for independance
......by Ray Raphael

Cassette Tapes:

You can order the following cassette tapes from:
Alternative Radio
PO Box 551
Boulder, CO 80306

Dan Baum: "The Drug War Debacle" (2/98)
(Superb exposition of the history and nature of the U.S. drug war since Nixon, by the author of "Smoke and Mirrors".)
Alexander Coburn: "The CIA, Drugs & the Media" (9/98)
(Outline of U.S. Gov't relation to drug traffic since the war on Vietnam, by the co-author of "White Out".)
Martin Lee: "The CIA & LSD: Acid Dreams" (9/97)
(The bizarre tale of how CIA/Military experiments aimed at developing drugs for mind control wound up fueling the psychedelic revolution of the 60's, by the author of "Acid Dreams".)
Alfred McCoy: "Politics of Drugs" (2/90)
(Around 1970, McCoy chose the subject of the Asian drug trade for his PhD. dissertation, expanding that into a book, "The Politics of Heroin in S.E. Asia" (which the CIA attempted to suppress). In this interview, he discusses the CIA's relationship to drug trafficking since WWII.)
Alfred McCoy: "History of the S.E. Asia Drug Trade" (2/92)
(A broad and fascinating review of the politics and economics of the commodification of drugs in the context of the Industrial Revolution and Imperialism.)
Peter Dale Scott: "The Politics of Global Drug Trafficking" (4/95)
(The co-author of "Cocaine Politics" discusses the intersection of foreign policy and drug trafficking, with particular emphasis on the 80's and 90's.)
Gary Webb: "CIA Crack Cocaine Connection" (1/99)
(The reporter who uncovered the Contra/Cocaine connection explains what he found, and detailed in his book, "Dark Alliance".)

You can order the following cassette tapes from:
CAL Tapes
2530 Berryessa Rd. #144
San Jose, CA 95132

Joseph McNamara: "A Peace Officer Looks at the Drug War" (3/99)
(Former police chief of Kansas City, MO and San Jose, CA describes the inappropriateness of the criminal model of drug control, and it's alarming effects on police morale and morals.)


"Leonardo Mercado is Dead" (60 Minutes CBS 3/22/92)
(Six Miami police assassinate a drug dealer.)
"War on Drugs -- RIP" (Assignment BBC 3/99)
(Contrasts U.S. policy with crumbling support for prohibition internationally)
"America's War on Drugs -- Searching for Solutions" (ABC 4/6/95)
(ABC took a lot of heat for this one.)
"The Drug Dilemma: War or Peace" (Discovery Channel 6/20/95)
(The Cronkite Report, #10)
"Higher Times" (Special Presentation CNN 2/11/96)
(Critique of U.S. anti-marijuana crusade)
"Busted--America's War on Marijuana" (Frontline PBS 4/28/98)
"Snitch" (Frontline PBS 1/12/99)
("Takes viewers inside the minds of informants and examines how mandatory minimum sentence legislation turned snitching into the lynchpin of prosecutorial strategy in the war on drugs")

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