The crack cocaine years: from deviant globalization to the 'get money' culture of late twentieth-century America.
Choosing crack: an introduction;
1. First comes cocaine, then comes crack: origin stories;
2. Crack the market: commodification and commercialization;
3. Crack up: the cost of hard-core consumption;
4. Crack money: manhood in the age of greed;
5. Crackdown: the politics and laws of drug enforcement;
6. Crack's retreat: a nation's slow, painful, and partial recovery.
David Farber is Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Kansas. He is the author of numerous books, including Everybody Ought to be Rich (2013), The Rise and Fall of Modern American Conservatism (2010), Taken Hostage (2004), Sloan Rules (2002), The Age of Great Dreams (1994), and Chicago '68 (1988). He lived in New York City with his family at the height of the crack cocaine years and later lived across the street from a small-time crack distributorship in Philadelphia.