Saint Martin’s professor's book explores the politics of cocaine

February 19, 2010

Lacey, Washington — Saint Martin’s University history professor Dr. William Marcy has recently written a book entitled The Politics of Cocaine. The book, published by Lawrence Hill Books, was released earlier this month. Marcy will hold a reading at Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle on Saturday, March 6 at 7 p.m. He is also scheduled to give a reading at Orca Books in Olympia on Friday, March 26 at 6 p.m.

In The Politics of Cocaine, Marcy shows how “destabilizing factors” such as drug cultivation, production, and trafficking are creating, maintaining, and boosting related phenomena such as violence, corruption, insurgency, and different forms of crime such as arms trafficking and money laundering which in turn seriously hamper the security and development situation of countries. Marcy contends that this has in many ways “exacerbated the leftist guerilla insurgencies, deepened poverty, and has disrupted the economic development process of the Northern Andes and Central America.”

Marcy joined Saint Martin’s University in fall 2008. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the University at Buffalo. He began writing the book while he was working on his master's dissertation on the Nicaraguan Revolution and the Reagan Doctrine in Central America. While teaching school in Ecuador and traveling through the northern Andes and Central America, Marcy did a great deal of reading on the war on drugs and began to formulate his thesis.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 18 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Olympic College, Centralia College, and Tacoma Community College.

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Genevieve Canceko Chan
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Saint Martin’s University