In the tradition of Blow
and Another Bullshit Night in Suck City,
The Last Pirate is a vivid, haunting,
and often hilarious memoir recounting the life of Big Tony, a family man who
joined the biggest pot ring of the Reagan era and exploded his life in the
process. Three decades later, his son came back to put together the pieces.
As he relates his father’s rise from hey-man hippie dealer
to multi-ton smuggler extraordinaire, Tony Dokoupil tells the larger history of
marijuana and untangles the controversies still stirring furious debate today.
He blends superb reportage with searing personal memories, presenting a probing
chronicle of pot-smoking, drug-taking America from the perspective of the
generation that grew up in the aftermath of the Great Stoned Age. Back then,
everyone knew a drug dealer. The Last
Pirate is the story of what happened to one of them, to his family, and in
a pharmacological sense, to us all.
The Last Pirate is
a cultural portrait of marijuana’s endless allure set against the Technicolor
backdrop of South Florida in the era of Miami
Vice. It’s a public saga complete with a real pirate’s booty: more than a
million dollars lost, buried, or stolen—but it’s also a deeply personal
pursuit, the product of a son’s determination to replant the family tree in
richer soil. Download and start listening now!