Many DRCNet readers know the book "Drug Crazy: How We Got Into This Mess and How We Can Get Out" by historian and screenwriter (and DRCNet advisory board member) Mike Gray. Those of you who have been with us long enough probably remember that when the book first came out, instead of offering it as a premium and using it to raise money for the organization, we instead sent out numerous alerts and Week Online articles urging our members to go and ask for the book in bookstores, so the stores would order more copies and be encouraged to display it more prominently. That's how important we considered the book to be -- as we wrote in April 1998, Drug Crazy is "one of the best, most exciting, readable, action-packed books about the drug war and the need for reform ever written."
We still feel that way, and we are pleased to again offer Drug Crazy to our membership. But there's more: Gray has since that time produced another important volume, "Busted: Stone Cowboys, Narco-Lords, and Washington's War on Drugs," a compilation of essays on the issue by a wide variety of thinkers, which Gray has edited and knitted into a cohesive exposition on the issue, released early this year.
Please reserve your copies of these important works in paperback, and support DRCNet's work at the same time, by visiting http://www.drcnet.org/donate/ -- contribute $27 or more and we'll send you a free copy of either one, or donate $50 or more and we'll send you both.
All respondents donating -- at any level, large or small -- will also receive a free StoptheDrugWar.org button and sticker. And there's more: Add $20 to your gift and Mike Gray will personally autograph either book to you or the person to whom you're giving it; add $30 and he'll autograph both. But there's still more: We have 30 of the ORIGINAL HARDCOVER COPIES of Drug Crazy available -- I've always been partial to the jacket art on that one -- and we will send them instead of the paperbacks to the first 30 people donating and requesting them.
We are also still offering Ted Galen Carpenter's "Bad Neighbor Policy: Washington's Futile War on Drugs in Latin America" and Jacob Sullum's "Saying Yes: In Defense of Drug Use," either one free with a donation of $35 or more or both for free with a donation of $65 or more. Donate $85 or more for three of the books or $100 for all four. (We also continue to offer our t-shirts, mugs, mousepads and other books and items.)
Visit http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/268/busted.shtml to read Phil Smith's book review of Busted, and visit http://www.drcnet.org/rapid/1998/4-29.html for a little bit of history from when Drug Crazy came out.
Visit http://www.drcnet.org/wol/296.shtml#badneighborpolicy for Phil's review of Bad Neighbor Policy and http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/289/sayingyes.shtml for Phil's review of Saying Yes (with pictures from a DC author's reception).
Again, please visit http://www.drcnet.org/donate/ to donate and get your copies of Mike Gray's incredible books. DRCNet needs your help to continue our work. Though funding prospects for later in the year are promising, your help is very much needed in the meantime -- DRCNet literally will be unable to pay its bills or payroll or keep its online petitions to Congress running through even next month, without your support. So please visit http://www.drcnet.org/donate/ to make a generous donation by credit card or to print out a form to send in with your donation by mail -- or just send your check or money order to: DRCNet, P.O. Box 18402, Washington, DC 20036 -- and contact us for instructions if you'd like to make a contribution of stock.
Please note that donations to the Drug Reform Coordination Network are not tax-deductible. If you wish to make a tax- deductible donation to support our educational work, make your check payable to DRCNet Foundation, same address. Again, visit http://www.drcnet.org/donate/ to join, donate and get your free button and sticker and books or other drug reform items today. Thank you for your support.