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  • Published: 1 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9781864714999
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 464
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Poppy




Life, Death and Addiction Inside Afghanistan’s Opium Trade

Life, Death and Addiction Inside Afghanistan’s Opium Trade

The farmer’s survival. The Taliban’s fight. The warlord’s power. Democracy’s ruin. Afghanistan has become the world's largest producer of opium and its offshoot, heroin - all under the noses of Western civil and military stakeholders. At the nexus of the War on Terror and the War on Drugs, truth is as elusive and fragile as the new democracy itself, now on the brink of being consumed by an expanding mire of chaos.

Stranger in a strange land, Gregor Salmon entered the war-torn country alone and spent eight months investigating Afghanistan's dependence on poppy. Who depends on poppy profits? And who pays the ultimate cost? Along the way he encountered Afghans whose lives were intimately tied to the trade: farmers, harvesters, eradicators, smugglers, police, doctors, addicts, warlords, gun-runners, politicians - even a pop-song loving Taliban commander.

The result is a tense, fascinating and deeply moving journey along the narcotics trail, and a story about keeping your sanity in a senseless world.

  • Pub date: 1 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9781864714999
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 464

About the Author

Gregor Salmon

Gregor Salmon is a Sydney-based writer. He is the author of Poppy, an account of his first-hand investigation into Afghanistan's opium trade, and Heart Soul Fire, which he wrote with boxer Paul Briggs. Over the years he has written, edited and produced his way through a host of magazines, television shows and internet sites.

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