Dopeworld: Adventures in the Global Drug Trade
In this irreverent ode to gonzo journalism, one writer travels the globe to explore the use of recreational drugs in cultures around the world.
After I got out of jail, I was determined to find out more about how the issue of drugs not only landed me there, but has shaped the entire world: wars, scandals, coups, revolutions. I read every book, watched every documentary. I saved up to buy plane tickets. I went to Colombia, Mexico, Russia, Italy, Japan and the Afghan border—all in all, fifteen countries across five continents.
Call me Narco Polo.
Just as Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations did for the world of food, Dopeworld is an intoxicating journey into the world of drugs. From the cocaine farms in South America to the streets of Manila, Dopeworld traces the emergence of psychoactive substances and our intimate relationship with them. As a former drug dealer turned subversive scholar, with unparalleled access to drug lords, cartel leaders, street dealers and government officials, journalist Niko Vorobyov attempts to shine a light on the dark underbelly of the drug world.
At once a bold piece of journalism and a hugely entertaining travelogue, Dopeworld is a brilliant and enlightening journey across the world, revealing how drug use is at the heart of our history, our lives, and our future.
My thoughts: This was certainly a unique way of looking at the history and place/power of drugs throughout the world. I found it very enlightening, learning a huge amount about the history of drug use I never knew or would have thought would all be real.
Author/journalist Niko Vorobyov delivers his work in a way that kept me returning for more of the edge of witty humor running through it. I couldn’t stop until I reached the end, and was left thinking about it afterward. Advanced electronic review copy was provided by NetGalley, the author, and publisher in return for my honest review.
Publisher: St Martin’s Press – 432 pages
Publication: August 18th, 2020
My rating: 4/5 Stars
The Author– Niko Vorobyov was born in Leningrad, Russia, before moving to Great Britain. From 2013-2014 he served a two-and-a-half year sentence for Possession with Intent to Supply. Upon his release, he graduated from University College London and began working at a Russian news outlet, Russia Today, before putting together his media, academic, and under-the-counter expertise to write a book.