This Is Your Country on Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High in America

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Everything we know about drugs-from acid to epidemics to DARE and salvia-turns out to be wrong

Stock up on munchies and line up your water bottles: journalist Ryan Grim will take you on a cross-country tour of illicit drug use in the U.S.-from the agony (the huge DEA bust of an acid lab in an abandoned missile silo in Kansas) to the ecstasy (hallucinogens at raves and music festivals). Along the way, Grim discovers some surprising truths. Did anti-drug campaigns actually encourage more drug use? Did acid really disappear in the early 2000s? And did meth peak years ago? Did our Founding Fathers-or, better yet, their wives-get high just as much as we do?

  • Traces the evolution of United States's long and twisted relationship with drugs
  • Gives surprising answers to questions such as: how did heroin become popular, when did the meth epidemic peak, and has LSD gone the way of Quaaludes
  • Based on solid reporting and wide-ranging research-including surveys, reports, historical accounts, and more

Not since Eric Schlosser ventured underground to marijuana's black market in Reefer Madness has a reporter trained such a keen eye on drugs and culture. A powerful and often shocking history of one of our knottiest social and cultural problems, This is Your Country on Drugs leads you on a profound exploration of what it means to be an American.

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It's time to stock up on munchies, twist the caps off your water bottles, and get on the bus! You're about to embark on a cross-country tour of the complex, bizarre, and surprising history of drug use in America, a history that takes you from the Massachusetts Bay Colony, through New York's nineteenth-century opium dens, on to the Summer of Love, into the Midwestern "methedemic," and right up to today—where California has effectively legalized marijuana and the rest of the country is thinking of doing the same.

In This Is Your Country on Drugs, journalist Ryan Grim challenges everything you thought you knew about America's drug culture and how and when it began, who contributed to its growth, who opposed it and why, and what makes one drug surge in popularity and another fade.

You'll get the inside story on the huge DEA bust of an acid lab in an abandoned missile silo in Kansas that may have caused the disappearance of LSD in the early 2000s; find out how the temperance movement of the nineteenth century encouraged the use of opium, cocaine, and other narcotics; and discover the link between drugs and the birth of the modern mass media.

Drawing on many sources, both historic and contemporary, Grim asks penetrating questions about America's drug habit. Has the war on drugs done anything to reduce drug use? If all drugs were made legal, would we end up re-criminalizing them? Did our founding fathers—and especially their wives—get high just as frequently as twenty-first-century Americans? Is the crack epidemic really over, if it ever even existed? Did Ronald Reagan inadvertently cause the cocaine boom of the 1980s by going after pot smokers? Did NAFTA open the door for Mexican meth to take over the Midwest? Why do Americans use drugs at a far higher rate than any other people in the world? Why do we put alcohol in a class different from every other drug? Grim's answers are, to say the least, startling.

He also offers thoughtful insights into why different people and groups use different drugs. In a hilarious anecdote about a concert by Andy Warhol's speed-driven performance-art troop Exploding Plastic Inevitable before an audience of pot-smoking, acid-dropping hippies at San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium in 1968, Grim reveals the connection between lifestyle and drugs of choice, as well as what happens when drug cultures collide.

Complete with revelations about the role of major pharmaceutical companies in both the introduction and eventual criminalization of such drugs as heroin, cocaine, amphetamines, and others, This Is Your Country on Drugs is more than a powerful, fascinating, and often shocking history of one of our knottiest social, cultural, and criminal problems; it is a profound and disturbing exploration of what it means to be an American.

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"A cornucopia of unconventional wisdom about our relationship to mind-altering substances."
Laura Miller, Salon.com

"A compulsively readable and revealing history of our torturous relationship to drugs."
Christopher Hayes, Washington Editor, The Nation

"Astonishingly clear-headed and well-written, as if someone had taken David Courtwright and added just a splash of Hunter Thompson."
Mark Kleiman, TPMCafé

"A wide-ranging, fascinating romp through the history of America's insatiable appetite for all manner of drugs, from opium to crystal meth, all the way up to the possibly soon-to-be-illegal hallucinogen Salvia divinorum."
Philadelphia City Paper

Did anti-drug campaigns actually encourage more drug use? Did acid really disappear in the early 2000s? And did meth peak decades ago? Did our founding fathers—or their wives—get high just as much as we do?

As entertaining as it is informative, This Is Your Country on Drugs goes far beyond the usual "war on drugs" manifestos or reference books to bring a fresh perspective that will both enlighten the uninitiated and surprise the expert (however you define the term). Even-handed without being neutral, Grim brings more to the table than past histories by covering the who and the what so he can get to the why. Not only does Grim derive surprising conclusions from looking at consumption patterns throughout eras, he chronicles America's romance with getting high from founding father Benjamin Rush telling Lewis and Clark to bring along eight ounces of Turkish opium and thirty gallons of "medicinal wine," to today's teenagers, who spend so much time alone online that they do far fewer drugs than any of their predecessors.

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