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A shattering account of the crack cocaine years from award-winning American historian David Farber, Crack tells the story of the young men who bet their lives on the rewards of selling "rock" cocaine, the people who gave themselves over to the crack pipe, and the often-merciless authorities who incarcerated legions of African Americans caught in the crack cocaine underworld.

Based on interviews, archival research, judicial records, underground videos, and prison memoirs, Crack explains why, in a de-industrializing America in which market forces ruled and entrepreneurial risk-taking was celebrated, the crack industry was a lucrative enterprise for the "Horatio Alger boys" of their place and time. These young, predominately African American entrepreneurs were profit-sharing partners in a deviant, criminal form of economic globalization. Hip Hop artists often celebrated their exploits but overwhelmingly, Americans - across racial lines - did not. Crack takes a hard look at the dark side of late 20th-century capitalism.

©2019 David Farber (P)2019 Cambridge University Press

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  • sally satel
  • 16-02-20

Excellent overview of a dramatic era in drug control

Very good concise history. Only one compliant, for the love of God do NOT allow narrators to perform dialogue. It’s distracting, condescending, and they often sound ridiculous. Really detracts from listening experience

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  • Renee
  • 15-01-21

voice acting really bad

The content of the book was good, but the voice acting was condescending and without range.

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  • Robert Evans
  • 10-11-20

Progressively horrible.

He starts out with an academic approach to content which is very informative. As he progresses and uses black accents I found it insulting. These attempts at “Ebonics” were unnecessary and totally inaccurate. He seemed to relish in using this style of talk and it did not differentiate no matter the black person he was quoting. Horrible.