Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America

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Providing a sweeping narrative history from colonial times to the present, Smuggler Nation is the first book to retell the story of America as a series of highly contentious battles over clandestine commerce. As  Peter Andreas will demonstrate, smuggling has played a pivotal role in America's birth, westward expansion, and economic development, while anti-smuggling campaigns have enhanced the federal government's policing powers.

Peter Andreas is Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Brown University.  His research focuses on the intersection between security, political economy, and cross-border crime in comparative and historical perspective.