The Dawn of America’s Global Drug War

Most Americans think the War on Drugs began with Richard Nixon or Ronald Reagan, but the drug war is even older than its many critics realize. Join Matthew R. Pembleton, author of Containing Addiction (2017), to learn how the nation’s first drug cops began to police drugs on a global scale in the years following World War II—and sold the tale to U.S. policymakers and the American public through true-crime stories about nefarious foreign villains and the daring federal agents who braved the underworld to protect American values.

Matthew R. Pembleton is a writer, historian, and consultant in the Washington, DC region. He teaches occasionally at American University.

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