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30 Aug 2011

Cutting through the myths about the white market, Tome Feiling's The Candy Machine is the story of cocaine as it's never been told before.

Gabrielle unwinds at weekends with a line of coke - and also works for a major police force. Juan Pablo is a drugs mule in Bogotá who gets his stash from a sweathouse. Belica started picking coca when she was eleven. Kurt Schmoke, former mayor of Baltimore, thinks legalization's the only way ...

Cocaine is big business. Governments spend millions on an unwinnable war against it, yet it's now the drug of choice in the West. How did the cocaine economy get so huge? Who keeps it running behind the scenes?

In The Candy Machine Tom Feiling travels the trade routes from Colombia via Miami, Kingston and Tijuana to London and New York. He meets Medellín hitmen, US kingpins, British crack users and Brazilian traffickers, and talks to the soldiers and narcotics officers who fight the gangs.

'An important study of the cultivation, usage and suppression of cocaine'
  Financial Times

'The Candy Machine is highly addictive'
  Metro

'It is hard to decide if Tom Feiling's future lies as a QC or the new Paul Theroux. A vivid, argumentative, arresting book'
  Sunday Telegraph

'I've read a few documentary accounts of the rise of cocaine, and this might be the best of them'
  Evening Standard

Tom Feiling is an award-winning documentary film-maker. He spent a year living and working in Colombia before making Resistencia: Hip-Hop in Colombia, which won numerous awards at film festivals around the world, and was broadcast in four countries. In 2003 he became Campaigns Director for the TUC's Justice for Colombia campaign, which organizes for human rights in Colombia. His book Short Walks from Bogotá: Journeys in the new Colombia is published by Allen Lane.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing (30 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742852734
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742852737
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 14.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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The Candy Machine is highly addictive (Metro)

It is hard to decide if Tom Feiling's future lies as a QC or the new Paul Theroux. He has written a vivid, argumentative, arresting book (The Sunday Telegraph)

I've read a few documentary accounts of the rise of cocaine, and this might be the best of them. It's clear, sharp and solid. Very well told (Evening Standard)

An important study of the cultivation, usage and suppression of cocaine (FT)

A cracking read . . . Strong stuff, beautifully argued (Literary Review) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Tom Feiling is an award-winning documentary film-maker. He spent a year living and working in Colombia before making Resistencia: Hip-Hop in Colombia, which won numerous awards at film festivals around the world, and was broadcast in four countries. In 2003 he became Campaigns Director for the TUC's Justice for Colombia campaign, which organizes for human rights in Colombia. This is his first book. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating read 3 Sep 2010
Format:Paperback
I was expecting a much more glamorous tale at a much faster pace (never judge a book by its cover), however was surprised to read a fascinating and well researched account of how cocaine impacts countries globally in a multitude of ways. His country specific chapters are fascinating narco-histories of those countries.

It is possible to get bogged down as he makes his academic arguments to an audience beyond the lay-reader, but it is worth sticking with as no matter what your view on the topic there is a wealth of well presented information about this world that shows no signs of vanishing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars superb analysis of an illicit trade 13 Aug 2009
By MJ
Format:Paperback
This is an important story extremely well told. Feiling shows clearly how, since the 1970s, the cocaine trade has insinuated itself into societies like Colombia, Jamaica and Mexico, offering vast financial rewards to marginal groups excluded from the global economy ('drug cartels'), looking to fund insurgent movements ('terrorists') or attempting to securitise their export monopolies ('drug enforcement'). His analysis demonstrates that the illicit trade serves the interests of dysfunctional nation states as much as it does the drugs business - and, consequently, how the two have so frequently merged. It explains why the War on Drugs, despite its huge destructiveness to civil society, has been locked in stasis for so long - and why legalisation, the only feasible solution, is so fiercely resisted by governments.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you liked The Wire, you'll like this 7 Nov 2012
Format:Paperback
If you like the TV show The Wire, you will enjoy this book. Although this 'non-fiction' let me point out right away that Feiling's writing is compelling, fluid and I had trouble to put the book down. The book explains how the drug/cocaine industry evolved, how it works, what damage it does to supplier and transit nations including Colombia, Mexico and Jamaica and how turning drugs into a moral question has produced a serious of laws that, if anything, waste enormous amounts of money without making any difference.

Perhaps often heard, Feiling shows that criminalising cocaine is not a solution to eradicate drug related crime but rather the root cause and that the disconnect between the war on drugs and the key drivers of the drug economy has never been wider: Like in The Wire, for every dead or imprisoned drug dealer, there are ten others who are ready to fill that place, simply because criminalising drugs made them lucrative. (Demand, he argues will not go away, it hasn't in the past). This in turn drives crime especially over supplier networks and territory.

Feiling describes how time and again, cocaine was hijacked to serve different political agendas both in the US and the UK. For example, Nixon's brilliant concept of a 'war against drugs' was nothing more than the politics of fear. He successfully enlisted the electorate against what he perceived to be a threat to WASP values by a 'nascent youth culture' and equated drugs with culture war. 'Ike [Eisenhower] he wrote it's just amazing how much you can get done through fear. All I talk about in New Hampshire is crime and drugs and everyone wants to vote for me- and they don't even have any black people up there'(Feiling 2009:34).

In the end the war on drugs consumes billions of dollars annually with little effect.
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This is a fantastic book. It is a great insight into the drug world. Especially in America.

Definitely worth a read if you are interested in how not just cocaine, but how drugs have taken over the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book 9 May 2013
By E
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This book is brilliant, really eye opening. It's set out so it starts with a history of how our relationship with cocaine developed and then goes on to talk about where we are now and the looks to the future. Brilliant account of our current failing drug policy and used lots of real life examples and case studies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent informative read 2 Jan 2013
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Very informative, delving into the heart of the matter spanning the whole world. Tom Feiling has a gift for portraying a delicate and serious topic in an understandable way.
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