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Narconomics: How to Run a Drug Cartel av Tom…
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Narconomics: How to Run a Drug Cartel (utgåvan 2016)

av Tom Wainwright (Författare)

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What drug lords learned from big businessHow does a budding cartel boss succeed (and survive) in the 300 billion illegal drug business? By learning from the best, of course. From creating brand value to fine-tuning customer service, the folks running cartels have been attentive students of the strategy and tactics used by corporations such as Walmart, McDonald's, and Coca-Cola. And what can government learn to combat this scourge? By analyzing the cartels as companies, law enforcers might better understand how they work,and stop throwing away 100 billion a year in a futile effort to win the war" against this global, highly organized business. Your intrepid guide to the most exotic and brutal industry on earth is Tom Wainwright. Picking his way through Andean cocaine fields, Central American prisons, Colorado pot shops, and the online drug dens of the Dark Web, Wainwright provides a fresh, innovative look into the drug trade and its 250 million customers. The cast of characters includes Bin Laden," the Bolivian coca guide Old Lin," the Salvadoran gang leader Starboy," the millionaire New Zealand pill maker and a cozy Mexican grandmother who cooks blueberry pancakes while plotting murder. Along with presidents, cops, and teenage hitmen, they explain such matters as the business purpose for head-to-toe tattoos, how gangs decide whether to compete or collude, and why cartels care a surprising amount about corporate social responsibility.More than just an investigation of how drug cartels do business, Narconomics is also a blueprint for how to defeat them.… (mer)
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Titel:Narconomics: How to Run a Drug Cartel
Författare:Tom Wainwright (Författare)
Info:PublicAffairs (2016), 288 pages
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Overall, a decent overview and introduction to both economics (international trade focused) and the drug industry, as well as overviews of issues specific to the drug industry (regulations, alternative things to smuggle, domestic politics within certain countries).

There's not much new information in this if you're at all familiar with the issue. However, well presented and clear, and there are a lot of people who aren't familiar with the economic, trade, or legal issues. ( )
  octal | Jan 1, 2021 |
Different aspects of the world's illegal drug industry looked at from an economist's standpoint....

... from an economic journalist's standpoint, which is shallow, interesting, full of little anecdotes, incomplete, broad-ranging and, and ultimately unsatisfying.

A good book to read on a plane, interesting but not very challenging. A book-length magazine article, as many other reviews have said. ( )
  GirlMeetsTractor | Mar 22, 2020 |
Its a shame this book is not more in the national discussion about drugs because it is very well-written and brings a lot of interesting points to the discussion. Wainwright was a reporter for The Economist and was asked to write a column about business in Mexico and he came up with an early prototype for this book. The book takes an in-depth look at the world of illegal drugs and asks why have previous drug control measures not worked. Lots of interesting examples and some counterintuitive case studies definitely made me re-think certain aspects of the drug trade. Although this is a non-fiction book it moves along quite nicely and does not get too bogged down like some books of this kinda can. ( )
  pbirch01 | Nov 11, 2017 |
I was given this book in exchange for a review as part of Goodread's FirstReads program.

First off - let me say this is a very interesting conversation starter book - just from reading the name of it "How to Run a Drug Cartel" (in big words on the cover) I've gotten many comments from co-workers seeing me reading this at work.

It is a very interesting, entertaining, and educating look at drug cartels (not just in Mexico/central-South America), how they run, operate, and how they make/lose money - all from an economics standpoint. The book isn't pro-this or anti-that, it just gives details, facts, and talks about how drug cartels make their money, how they spend their money, how they operate economically, where they target, why they target, etc. It goes into thorough detail about cannabis, coca, poppy, a little bit into meth, and even into the new synthetic drugs (especially in New Zealand).

The biggest takeaway from the book is that we need to stop fighting drugs at the source, and instead go after it from the prevention/education aspect. Its just not feasible financially and intelligently to try and burn coca and cannabis fields or attack drug cartels and cause all-out-wars in streets when we can stop consumption.

Another big reduction to the drug cartels is legalizing cannabis. For recreational and medicinal. And this seems to be obvious - but the government doesn't think so (yet). Taxation and legalization of cannabis removes it from drug cartels, places it with better safety precautions, supports legitimate businesses rather than shady drug cartels/dealers, and creates a [very large] revenue stream for the local governments. It seems like a complete no-brainer. ( )
  BenKline | Apr 21, 2016 |
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What drug lords learned from big businessHow does a budding cartel boss succeed (and survive) in the 300 billion illegal drug business? By learning from the best, of course. From creating brand value to fine-tuning customer service, the folks running cartels have been attentive students of the strategy and tactics used by corporations such as Walmart, McDonald's, and Coca-Cola. And what can government learn to combat this scourge? By analyzing the cartels as companies, law enforcers might better understand how they work,and stop throwing away 100 billion a year in a futile effort to win the war" against this global, highly organized business. Your intrepid guide to the most exotic and brutal industry on earth is Tom Wainwright. Picking his way through Andean cocaine fields, Central American prisons, Colorado pot shops, and the online drug dens of the Dark Web, Wainwright provides a fresh, innovative look into the drug trade and its 250 million customers. The cast of characters includes Bin Laden," the Bolivian coca guide Old Lin," the Salvadoran gang leader Starboy," the millionaire New Zealand pill maker and a cozy Mexican grandmother who cooks blueberry pancakes while plotting murder. Along with presidents, cops, and teenage hitmen, they explain such matters as the business purpose for head-to-toe tattoos, how gangs decide whether to compete or collude, and why cartels care a surprising amount about corporate social responsibility.More than just an investigation of how drug cartels do business, Narconomics is also a blueprint for how to defeat them.

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