Dawn Marie Paley

Two reviews of Drug War Capitalism

Posted in Uncategorized by dawn on 17/12/2014

Dear readers,

The first couple of reviews of Drug War Capitalism have recently come out.

The first was in Baltimore’s City Paper, here’s a snippet:

She argues that the war is about much more than simply stopping the flow of drugs to the United States… It is a complicated argument that Paley explains well, and an important one to make in that it refuses to separate the U.S.-backed wars in Colombia, Mexico, and elsewhere from the overall economic context. Paley’s book walks the reader through this history in chapters about Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras and then asks how we might think “peace” in the context of this war without end.

A second review was featured in the Vermont Digger today, here’s a taste:

Paley subverts the traditional government versus cartel narrative and presents exhaustive research that suggests collusion between the U.S. and local governments, transnational corporations, militant groups and establishment media. Beginning with Plan Colombia, a U.S. military and aid initiative started in 1999, and continuing on through the modern war on drugs in Mexico and Central America, Paley’s research brings a forceful and fresh perspective to this violent chapter in U.S. relations in Latin America.

Hope you’ll pick up the book, if you haven’t already. I’m just wrapping up my east coast tour, with an event tonight in Burlington and a final talk tomorrow in Montréal.

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  1. Marie-France Arismendi said, on 12/01/2015 at 21:14

    Hello Dawn! Just bought your book and so far I find it terrific. Clear, structural, big picture analysis that goes beyond the usual clichés and links this ‘war’ to economic and geopolitical interests.
    Any chance you’ll be coming to Ontario in 2015.
    We’re in London, Ontario. Could do something at Western or Fanshawe College.

    • dawn said, on 30/01/2015 at 20:22

      Hi Marie France, thanks for writing. There’s a good chance I will be in Ontario at some point, I’ll be in touch for sure when I have a better idea when.

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