Drug War Books: Experts Pick Best Books About The American Drug War

FILE - In an April 20, 2005 file photo, a University of Colorado freshman, who did not want to be identified, joins a crowd s
FILE - In an April 20, 2005 file photo, a University of Colorado freshman, who did not want to be identified, joins a crowd smoking marijuana during a "420" gathering at Farrand Field at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo. People who started using marijuana persistently before age 18 risk losing some of their IQ by the time they're 38, a long-running study says. In contrast, even long-term chronic users who started after age 18 showed no such effect, suggesting the drug holds some particular toxicity for the developing brain. (AP Photo/Longmont Daily Times-Call, Richard M. Hackett, File) MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGS OUT, NO SALES

This is the second in a two-part series in which experts reveal their favorite books about the American drug war. Part one can be found here.

As election season gears up, a few political books have garnered attention. Certainly, Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" was revisited or poked fun at by many after vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan's adoration of the objectivist literature came to light. Amazon is playing its part in highlighting popular election-themed books with its map that determines a state's party affiliation based on the number of "red" or "blue" books purchased there.

Still, some important topics are being skirted as far as political books are concerned. One such topic: The war on drugs. Just last summer, the Global Commission on Drug Policy released a statement that "the war on drugs has failed," but what exactly does this mean? How can Americans help decrease illegal drug sales and usage? Do Americans even view this as an important objective? And how have Americans' opinions on drug policies changes over the years?

We've consulted experts on American drug policy, including authors and non-profit leaders, to suggest reading material that can help answer these questions. Check out these books on the topic. Both new reads and older, more comprehensive histories are included:

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6 Books On America's Drug War