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Good price; amazing book; elsewhere: - The Book Depository £5.98 Waterstones £5.99 Zavvi £6.85 Bookfellas £8.09 Tesco £8.99 Blackwells £10.99 During the mid-1980s, Marks had 43 ali… Read More
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[mod] 6y, 11m agoFound 6 years, 11 months ago
Good price; amazing book; elsewhere: -
The Book Depository £5.98
Waterstones £5.99
Zavvi £6.85
Bookfellas £8.09
Tesco £8.99
Blackwells £10.99

During the mid-1980s, Marks had 43 aliases and 25 companies, all laundering money from dealing cannabis. After a world-wide operation, he was arrested and sentenced to 25 years at a State Penitentiary in Indiana, but was released in 1995 after serving seven years. This is his own story.

What an extraordinary fellow Howard Marks is. His autobiography takes him from his South Wales childhood and Oxford University education through his life dealing marijuana and the enormous mythology that accrued around what the tabloids called "the English Toff Drugs King of the World". This book is called Mr Nice after one of the many aliases Marks's life as a merchant of pot obliged him to assume, but it describes him perfectly too: the epitome of British niceness, the nicest international criminal you could hope to meet. It's not hard to see why this has become a cult book--Marks is a brilliant version of a mate down the pub, telling you the gobsmacking stories of his many adventured life. The writing is direct and the narrative will detain you as comprehensively as Marks himself was detained for seven years at Terre Haut Penitentiary, Indiana. He was released the same day as Mike Tyson. "I had," he observes mildly, "been continuously in prison for the last six-and-a-half years for transporting beneficial herbs from one place to another, while he had done three years for rape." Truly there is no justice; but there are eye-popping adventures, hilarious touches and a thorough-going wisdom in this excellent book
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#1
drug dealer= *******
#2
nice read
#3
seanjames
drug dealer= *******


Yet something that grows naturally is banned from sale, distribution etc but the country keeps on making new chemical drugs and sell a man made drink called Alcohol with more devastating effects. Makes no sense.

I don't know what the ******* comment was exactly but if he chose to make money from something people wanted then its his own choice. You don't have to buy the drugs! On topic though i've been told its a good read!
#4
good book, but think i picked it up in HMV for a similar price... this was many years ago mind you
#5
a toff as well i like him even less now lol
[mod]#6
seanjames
drug dealer= *******


Am I the only one who finds a member displaying an avatar of Happy Mondays being on his high horse about drugs a bit odd? I mean, Shaun William Ryder is known worldwide for his almost saintly clean living behaviour
#7
lol at above comment.

Funny read this, well written and worth the price for sure. One of the best criminal type novels I have read - probably second only in humour to Dave Courtney's first book (others were not as good).

Now which one of you nicked my copy of this???
#8
seanjames
drug dealer= *******


Richard Cranium.
#9
andywedge
Am I the only one who finds a member displaying an avatar of Happy Mondays being on his high horse about drugs a bit odd? I mean, Shaun William Ryder is known worldwide for his almost saintly clean living behaviour


life is full of contradictions
#10
Thanks! ordered myself a copy :) H + R! (not that you need the rep mind :P)
suspended#11
My son is a chav, so thanks! Have some heat!
#12
This is a truly brilliant book. You can't help but like the bloke after reading it. He never wanted to hurt anyone. Just sold weed and made serious money from it.
#13
decent book, even if Howard comes across as a bit of a tool. I suppose he has to market himself and live up to the image projected.

If you're reading this then I would highly recommend Grass by Phil Sparrowhawk, far better book and by someone who doesn't try to perpetuate his myth at every given opportunity.
#14
#15
anyone confirm if this is hard back?
#16
seanjames
drug dealer= *******



They could solve the crime element of drug dealing tomorrow if they legalised drugs - but there's no money in that - you need money and resources to fight a war on drugs :thumbsup:

Oh and guess what here's another formula for ya:

WAR = MONEY :whistling:

A classic example is prohibition in the USA - look at the chaos that caused...
#17
MontBelzoni
anyone confirm if this is hard back?


The details on the site state the following if you click through...


Author - Howard Marks
Publisher - Vintage (United Kingdom)
Year - 1997
ISBN - 9780749395698
Format - Paperback - 466 Pages
Illustrations - facsimiles, portraits
#18
Can highly recommend it, a great read I enjoyed some time ago now. He did attempt a second called Dope Stories but was a bit of a let down, but this one is first class. Definitely raises some interesting points, whether you agree with what he's saying or not.
#19
gtd65
They could solve the crime element of drug dealing tomorrow if they legalised drugs - but there's no money in that - you need money and resources to fight a war on drugs :thumbsup:

Oh and guess what here's another formula for ya:

WAR = MONEY :whistling:

A classic example is prohibition in the USA - look at the chaos that caused...


legalise drugs? hmm
#20
seanjames
a toff as well i like him even less now lol

A toff?? i think you meant Taff you ignorant nieve fool.
#21
jasonh1339
A toff?? i think you meant Taff you ignorant nieve fool.


Ironically, it's spelt 'naïve'.

:thumbsup:
#22
seanjames
legalise drugs? hmm


Did you know the worst two drugs on the planet (for your health) are tobacco and alcohol, oh guess what, they are legally available and highly taxed by the Government. :whistling:

I don't take drugs myself but consider the "war on drugs" approach goes in completely the wrong direction.

Educate people and make them responsible for their own actions.

Making something illegal never stops the problem, it just pushes it underground and that's where the criminal element can exploit it to the full effect. :thumbsup:
#23
jasonh1339
A toff?? i think you meant Taff you ignorant nieve fool.


no i meant toff you ****wit
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I started to read this a long time ago when I did smoke a bit of weed and I read it as a bragging book for chavs who think drugs are actually cool.

"I moved 50kilos through Ireland", "I sold 10 kilos to Tim chumney". What a biff.

Comparing weed to alcohol and cigarettes is not a fair comparison. Speaking as a smoker and someone who has an occasional pint of Magners; and as someone who used to smoke weed occasionally I can categorically say that regular use of Cannabis, even a couple of times a week had negative effects on my general mood and apathy. I rarely drink more than 3-4 pints of Cider a week and I smoke maybe 10-15 ciggies a day, but I never feel that they are having a negative effect on my personality. Sure, cigarettes will affect my long term health but I want to stop smoking. In the mean time I can still do my job effectively and I have good and normal relationships with the people around me.

The argument that legalizing cannabis is positive is promoted normally by users who rarely see the negative impact of their own consumption or by people who want to argue against the system and don't know the harm it can do to mental health.

Again you can't argue the alcohol corner as controlled drinking where you don't rip the arse out of it doesn't do you any harm either.

Rubbish book by manky dope head.
#25
I hear what you are saying but the same applies to legal and non legal drugs.

Use of either in moderation isn't going to do much, if any harm really. (Of course there will always be exceptions, however life is a series of risks at the end of the day.)

On the other hand, misuse or addiction to drugs, legal or not isn't going to benefit your health.

I used to have an Army drug information book which gave a run down of all drugs and their short and long term effects and the health implications. You'd be amazed at how few negatives there were for class A drugs. Of course this all changes when dealers are cutting stuff up and contaminating the supply for profit.

Alcohol isn't a big deal for most folks but look at what prohibition resulted in - gang warfare over the control and sale of illegal goods.

It's not rocket science really :thumbsup:

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