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Thai Stick: Surfers, Scammers, and the Untold Story of the Marijuana Trade
 
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Thai Stick: Surfers, Scammers, and the Untold Story of the Marijuana Trade [Format Kindle]

Peter Maguire , Mike Ritter

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Thailand's capital, Krungtep, known as Bangkok to Westerners and "the City of Angels" to Thais, has been home to smugglers and adventurers since the late eighteenth century. During the 1970s, it became a modern Casablanca to a new generation of treasure seekers: from surfers looking to finance their endless summers to wide-eyed hippie true believers and lethal marauders leftover from the Vietnam War. Moving a shipment of Thai sticks from northeast Thailand farms to American consumers meant navigating one of the most complex smuggling channels in the history of the drug trade.

Peter Maguire and Mike Ritter are the first historians to document this underground industry, the only record of its existence rooted in the fading memories of its elusive participants. Conducting hundreds of interviews with smugglers and law enforcement agents, the authors recount the buy, the delivery, the voyage home, and the product offload. They capture the eccentric personalities who transformed the Thai marijuana trade from a GI cottage industry into one of the world's most lucrative commodities, unraveling a rare history from the smugglers' perspective.


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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Popular history done right 18 décembre 2013
Par surfimp - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book is a great read and I wasn't able to put it down. I felt the author did an excellent job of combining voluminous research and interviews along with recollections of his own youthful dalliance with smuggling, thereby personalizing and investing the story with a sort of authenticity that many historians can't muster.

The "scammers" featured here are cast in a sympathetic but still honest and critical light. Although the author doesn't explicitly make the point, you can see a tragic arc in each of the stories: they got interested in illicit trade to help finance their surfing / hippie lifestyle, but ultimately each one of them was consumed by the trade and most set surfing aside to focus on making their scores and living the high life (literally and figuratively). This led to predictable consequences, but even though you can pretty much guess what's coming, the stories and ingenuity of the protagonists is truly fine entertainment. This is a great story told well.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Must Must Read 14 novembre 2013
Par TMBrown - Publié sur Amazon.com
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In Thai Stick, Peter Maguire and co-author Mike Ritter manage to capture not just the wild-wild east of the early marijuana trade, but the story of an entire generation testing what it was to be an "outlaw" in all kinds of new ways. Some of us, perhaps ignorantly, tend to regard surfing as the preserve of laid-back "dudes" without a hell of a lot of ambition besides the next big wave, but Thai Stick explodes that notion, showing us hard-hard watermen with more than a little capitalistic ambition and a hell of a lot of balls. Great stories, great book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 amazing 6 novembre 2013
Par honey20h - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Wow, amazing stories. The author gives you such detail into the lives of smugglers, how they lived and the money they made. Makes you want to become an old school surfer.great read,fun and extremely exciting
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Enjoyable read, well researched. 20 mai 2014
Par Harold - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I am not a writer, but I am an avid reader and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It appears to be well researched, and the author has gone to great lengths in his research and exposed himself to no little personal risk to bring us the characters and tales of adventure experienced during the era of thai stick smuggling.
I would love to read a follow-up book on the smugglers that brought us the less potent Central and South American weed that more of us would be familiar with if, like myself, one grew up in the 60's and 70's.
Great little book.
Get it. Read it. Reminisce.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Pirate Looks at 70 26 décembre 2013
Par Patrick Cannon - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I lived this and know almost everyone from the book and the day. This is really the book I could have written but was reluctant to name names, now I see that enough time has passed that it doesn't really matter anymore.
Jimmy Buffet told the story his way and I'll tell it mine someday, but in the meantime I have to say that Ritter and Maguire got it mostly right, even though there are a lot of holes in the story. Maybe it's only fun to those that lived this great adventure and maybe some will learn something from the history. What is true is that in many states, including my own, anyone can legally get a license and go to the corner to obtain the Sacrament. In my lifetime it will be legal in every state,this above all will lift the veil. As Jimmy Buffet so beautifully stated:

"Yes, I was a Pirate, born 200 years too late - Made enough money to buy Miami but I pissed it away so fast, never meant to last, never meant to last".
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