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Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion
By Gary Webb and Maxine Waters (foreword by)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Seven Stories Pr
Publication date September 30, 2014
Pages 574
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781609806217
ISBN-10 1609806212
Dimensions 1.50 by 5.50 by 8.25 in.
Weight 1.20 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock
Original list price $22.95
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Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Major Motion Picture based on Dark Alliance and starring Jeremy Renner, "Kill the Messenger," to be be released in Fall 2014

In August 1996, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb stunned the world with a series of articles in the San Jose Mercury News reporting the results of his year-long investigation into the roots of the crack cocaine epidemic in America, specifically in Los Angeles. The series, titled “Dark Alliance,” revealed that for the better part of a decade, a Bay Area drug ring sold tons of cocaine to Los Angeles street gangs and funneled millions in drug profits to the CIA-backed Nicaraguan Contras.

Gary Webb pushed his investigation even further in his book, Dark Alliance: The CIA, The Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion. Drawing from then newly declassified documents, undercover DEA audio and videotapes that had never been publicly released, federal court testimony, and interviews, Webb demonstrates how our government knowingly allowed massive amounts of drugs and money to change hands at the expense of our communities.

Webb’s own stranger-than-fiction experience is also woven into the book. His excoriation by the media—not because of any wrongdoing on his part, but by an insidious process of innuendo and suggestion that in effect blamed Webb for the implications of the story—had been all but predicted. Webb was warned off doing a CIA expose by a former Associated Press journalist who lost his job when, years before, he had stumbled onto the germ of the “Dark Alliance” story. And though Internal investigations by both the CIA and the Justice Department eventually vindicated Webb, he had by then been pushed out of the Mercury News and gone to work for the California State Legislature Task Force on Government Oversight. He died in 2004.

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Hardcover
Book cover for 9781888363685
 
from Seven Stories Pr (April 1, 1998)
9781888363685 | details & prices | 548 pages | 6.50 × 9.25 × 2.00 in. | 2.10 lbs | List price $24.95
About: Offers evidence to support the theory that the CIA and the Contra guerrillas fueled the crack trade in America's ghettos
Paperback
Book cover for 9781609806217 Book cover for 9781888363937 Book cover for 9781908699749
 
from Gardners Books (November 11, 2014); titled "Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras and the Crack Cocaine Explosion"
9781908699749 | details & prices | List price $16.90
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With Maxine Waters (other contributor) | Reprint edition from Seven Stories Pr (September 30, 2014)
9781609806217 | details & prices | 574 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 1.50 in. | 1.20 lbs | List price $22.95
About: Major Motion Picture based on Dark Alliance and starring Jeremy Renner, "Kill the Messenger," to be be released in Fall 2014In August 1996, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb stunned the world with a series of articles in the San Jose Mercury News reporting the results of his year-long investigation into the roots of the crack cocaine epidemic in America, specifically in Los Angeles.
from Seven Stories Pr (May 1, 1999)
9781888363937 | details & prices | 6.50 × 9.25 × 1.25 in. | 1.75 lbs | List price $24.95
About: Major Motion Picture based on Dark Alliance and starring Jeremy Renner, "Kill the Messenger," to be be released in Fall 2014 Winner of the 1999 PEN/Oakland Censorship Award Winner of the 1999 Firecracker Alternative Bookseller (FAB) Award, Politics category Finalist for the 1999 Bay Area Book Reviewers AwardsDark Alliance is a book that should be fiction, whose characters seem to come straight out of central casting: the international drug lord, Norwin Meneses; the Contra cocaine broker with an MBA in marketing, Danilo Blandon; and the illiterate teenager from the inner city who rises to become the king of crack, "Freeway" Ricky Ross.

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