An interesting take on a subject that most people normally wouldn't philosophize over. A perfect gift for anyone who fancies himself a hobbyist economist or who is interested in government policy. It demonstrates the sophistication of an issue and why it is such a trans-national problem.
This book worked on many levels for me. First, as a primer on international economics by comparing the strategy and tactics of drug cartels with those of corporations. Secondly as a study in critical thinking by describing and analyzing the current state of national and international counter-narcotics effort, assessing its effectiveness, and providing alternative policies where those efforts have failed. Thirdly I appreciated the research methods, and was inspired by them in my own writing. So thanks Tom! Great read.
As a social science researcher with a passion for business and commuity-building, I got addicted to this book. It's a little more macro-economic than a 'business' book might typically be (granted, the title is 'Narconomics'), but the journalistic stories add plenty of detail and anecdotes that support the mega themes. The chapters on the PR and 'CSR' of cartels were particularly intriguing and the author's global experience adds a contextual understanding of how the business of drug culture unfolds regionally. It was refreshing to read a book on business with a new cast of characters and without corporate cliches.
This is an excellent book. Considering the areas of business it touches upon and clears fundamentals of, this should be a recommending reading for the first year MBA students. There are many excellent management ideas including understanding how well the cartels understand their business. There are always reasons behind the moves they make and everything is business oriented.