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“Thai Stick: Surfers, Scammers, and the Untold Story of the Marijuana Trade” with Peter Maguire ’88

May 6, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

“An extraordinary work, at once a participatory anthropology, detached sociology, cultural history, remarkable example of oral history, series of smuggling stories, and many other things to boot.”

– Anders Stephanson, Columbia University


Please join the Human Rights Project and the Office of Alumni/ae Affairs for a talk by Bard Trustee and alumni Peter Maguire ’88, who will read from his latest book, ‘Thai Stick: Surfers, Scammers, and the Untold Story of the Marijuana Trade’ published by Columbia University Press.

Peter Maguire and Mike Ritter are the first historians to document this underground industry, the only record of its existence rooted in the fading memories of its elusive participants. Drawing on hundreds of interviews with smugglers and law enforcement agents, the authors recount the buy, delivery, voyage home, and product offload. They capture the eccentric personalities of the men and women who transformed the Thai marijuana trade, from a GI cottage industry into a professionalized business moving the world’s most lucrative commodities, unraveling a rare history from the smugglers’ perspective.

Peter is the author of Law and War and Facing Death in Cambodia. He is a historian and former war-crimes investigator whose writings have been published in the International Herald Tribune, New York Times, The Independent, Newsday, and Boston Globe. He has taught law and war theory at Columbia University and Bard College.
For more information, see the Thai Stick Book website, http://thaistickbook.com/


May 6, 2014
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Olin 102