The Strength of the Wolf: The Secret History of America's War on Drugs, Winner of the Choice Award for Excellence
This fascinating and engrossing account of early US efforts to control the illegal drug trade is also much more. Valentine deeply examines the practices of the CIA, carefully and skillfully making a connection between it and the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN). The book exposes the close relationship between organized crime and those in intelligence. From the Cold War to the 1960s, FBN director Harry Anslinger, in a desperate bid to outflank the FBI, entered into a "suicidal" relationship with the CIA. In 1962, the FBN began "its descent into knave spookery and internecine warfare." Valentine also smartly examines the CIA's role in using drugs as a weapon to turn foreign agents and supply funds to anti-communist organizations. His account of MKULTRA--the CIA experiment with LSD--is fascinating and nicely documented. Exploring the deep politics defined by Peter Dale Scott (Deep Politics and the Death of JFK, CH, Mar. '94), Valentine deftly plumbs the hidden roots of the early war on narcotics and proves that foreign policy considerations always trumped public health. The author also makes some fascinating connections between the triumvirate of the FBI, CIA, and FBN around the time of President John F. Kennedy's assassination. Summing Up: Outstanding. All levels/libraries. --- D. R. Turner, Davis and Elkins College

In 1992, Attorney Danny Sheehan, who put together the infamous Christic Case in 1986, approached me to work on the Charlie Harrelson case. Woody had hired Shheehan to find new material evidence that would get his dear old dad, Charlie, a new trial. Charlie was convicted of assassinating Texas Judge John Wood in 1979.

Sheehan's PI, Bill Taylor (whom I interviewed for The Phoenix Program), got me credentials and off I went. One person I interviewed was former US Attorney Jamie Boyd in New Mexico. Boyd, who put together the case against Charlie, was still pissed because the FBI had subverted his case for political purposes. He gave me the attached affidavit, which FBN Agent Jack Compton gave to USA John Clark in 1975.

Years later I filed an FOIA asking the Justice Department for a copy, and it denied the affidavit existed. Apparently, every copy but Boyd's has been destroyed, which is not unusual. Afterwards lawyers from the DOJ swept into the Southwest and questioned everyone I had interviewed. Compton called me up from Texas where he was employed as a sheriff and said, "Jesus, son, you raised a lot of hell down here." The affidavit (Part 1 is attached) started me on my way to writing The Strength of the Wolf, and uncovering the massive corruption that is at the heart of your government:

The Strength of the Pack: The Personalities, Politics and Espionage Intrigues that Shaped the DEA
"Doug Valentine belongs to that precious remnant of journalists and historians with the wisdom to see our time, the integrity and courage to write about it, and the literary grace to bring it all chillingly alive. This indispensable book may quite well be the best yet in the author's already singular body of work. He takes us again into that dark inner reality of policy and politics that Americans so tragically deny and evade, and gives us back a reflection there is no denying, no escaping. If there is hope for America at this moment of so many reckonings, it is out of pages like these." Roger Morris, author Richard Milhous Nixon: The Rise of an American Politician, 1991

"The Strength of the Pack is an indispensible resource for those who wish to understand the politics of drug enforcement in America; and for those with any sense of the subject’s real importance it is a gripping read as well." Peter Dale Scott, Deep Politics and the Death of JFK

TDY is an adventure story told by Pete, an Air Force photojournalist who in 1967 volunteers for a secret mission into Southeast Asia. During the mission he learns the true meaning of good and evil, while nearly losing his life in the process. Thirty years after the event that changed his life, Pete steps forward to describe the powerful forces that deceived him, and continue to deceive the American public. TDy is an incredible crescendo of action and awakening.

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Non-Fiction History
"...highlighting the names and black deeds of an outlandish cast of wayward narcs, killer-spooks and globe-trotting godfathers (Wolf) is an expose of the never-ending lap-dance between organized crime and the national security establishment,"
Non-Fiction History - It's Out
This exposé documents previously unknown aspects of federal drug law enforcement from the formation of the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs and the creation of the Drug Enforcement Administration until the present day. Learn how the CIA hijacked federal drug enforcement and turned it into an adjunct of national security.
Action Adventure
"A fantastic read." -- Mike Levine, author of The New York Times bestseller, Deep Cover.