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Narconomics: How To Run a Drug Cartel (edició 2016)

de Tom Wainwright (Autor)

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Picking his way through Andean cocaine fields, Central American prisons, Colorado pot shops, and the online drug dens of the Dark Web, Tom Wainwright provides a fresh, innovative look into the drug trade and its 250 million customers. More than just an investigation of how drug cartels do business, Narconomics is also a blueprint for how to defeat them. How 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.… (més)
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Títol:Narconomics: How To Run a Drug Cartel
Autors:Tom Wainwright (Autor)
Informació:Ebury Press (2016), 288 pages
Col·leccions:Andrew Read
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I enjoyed the focus of the book on thinking about this phenomenon from an economic perspective. The chapters follow a kind of template: pick some facet of the drug trade and compare it to the corresponding situation in a licit business, introduce some related economic concept, and brain-storm possible courses of action based on that reasoning. I especially appreciate this last part on proposing alternatives, who knows if they are good, but they definitely were thought-provoking. Perhaps some counter-arguments coming from the same type of economic reasoning would have made the book more enriching,

I also like the global view it provides, both of the North-South drug trade in the Americas and also of emergent trends such as synthetic drugs in New Zealand, internet markets, legalization, rising middle classes in traditionally lower-income countries, etc, and what this may mean in the future for existing organizations and governments.

One really big takeaway is that the truisms of nipping things in the bud or addressing problems at the 'source' seem to fail miserably here. The final chapter provides some basic economic arguments why the dominant supply-side approaches are misguided even just financially (you could also make other arguments, but that's not what this book is about). Some of the alternatives proposed involve overcoming deeply entrenched taboos and reactions. ( )
  orm_tmr | Mar 16, 2022 |
Lance bought this for me for Christmas 2021 and I read it that spring. Enjoyed learning about the similarities of how a drug cartel does business compared to a normal industry. Author's basic thesis is that by learning how to run a drug cartel, we can learn how to stop these dangerous criminal organizations. Also learned how much the politics of restricting certain drugs in various countries actually enhances the drug cartel's business. Author clearly argues that if certain drugs were legal and controlled by the government the criminal aspect of this industry would be severely impacted and potentially these dangerous organizations would no longer exist. Read this prior to watching the show Narcos and going to Yuma, AZ for WTI 2-22 to help give context to the show and the geography of the area.
  SDWets | Jan 14, 2022 |
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 |
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Picking his way through Andean cocaine fields, Central American prisons, Colorado pot shops, and the online drug dens of the Dark Web, Tom Wainwright provides a fresh, innovative look into the drug trade and its 250 million customers. More than just an investigation of how drug cartels do business, Narconomics is also a blueprint for how to defeat them. How 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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