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What authoritative voices are saying about Prisoner of War: The Story of White Boy Rick and the War on Drugs: “Meticulously researched and brutally honest. It tells the true story of White Boy Rick.” —Ret. FBI Agent Herman Groman—Rick’s “handler” as an informant. “With all of the ‘based on’ fluff and feathers coming out of Hollywood, Wade tells the true story of Richard W What authoritative voices are saying about Prisoner of War: The Story of White Boy Rick and the War on Drugs: “Meticulously researched and brutally honest. It tells the true story of White Boy Rick.” —Ret. FBI Agent Herman Groman—Rick’s “handler” as an informant. “With all of the ‘based on’ fluff and feathers coming out of Hollywood, Wade tells the true story of Richard Wershe, Jr., and how he landed behind bars for 30+ years.  As usual, fact is more devastating that fiction.” —Ralph Musilli, White Boy Rick Wershe’s longtime criminal appeals lawyer The tale of a Detroit boy recruited by the FBI—at age 14—to be a paid informant against a politically-connected drug gang is so amazing it inspired a Hollywood film—White Boy Rick—starring Matthew McConaughey as the teen’s father. What kind of father would take FBI cash to let his youngest child be an undercover operative in the murderous drug underworld? This book answers the question. White Boy Rick became the Detroit FBI’s most productive drug informant of the ‘80s, but as the book explains, things went awry amid FBI misdeeds. Rick tried to become a cocaine wholesaler, got caught and has spent 30 years behind bars. He became a Prisoner of War: The War on Drugs. Rick Wershe is the central character in a wide-ranging exploration of the nearly half-century trillion-dollar policy failure known as the War on Drugs. It explains “testilying”, the widespread perjury felony committed by the police in pursuit of drug felonies, it examines CIA pressure to get charges dropped in a Detroit drug case and it shows how a basketball star’s drug death led to mass incarceration. Order a copy of Prisoner of War and explore the appalling truth from the trenches of the War on Drugs.


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What authoritative voices are saying about Prisoner of War: The Story of White Boy Rick and the War on Drugs: “Meticulously researched and brutally honest. It tells the true story of White Boy Rick.” —Ret. FBI Agent Herman Groman—Rick’s “handler” as an informant. “With all of the ‘based on’ fluff and feathers coming out of Hollywood, Wade tells the true story of Richard W What authoritative voices are saying about Prisoner of War: The Story of White Boy Rick and the War on Drugs: “Meticulously researched and brutally honest. It tells the true story of White Boy Rick.” —Ret. FBI Agent Herman Groman—Rick’s “handler” as an informant. “With all of the ‘based on’ fluff and feathers coming out of Hollywood, Wade tells the true story of Richard Wershe, Jr., and how he landed behind bars for 30+ years.  As usual, fact is more devastating that fiction.” —Ralph Musilli, White Boy Rick Wershe’s longtime criminal appeals lawyer The tale of a Detroit boy recruited by the FBI—at age 14—to be a paid informant against a politically-connected drug gang is so amazing it inspired a Hollywood film—White Boy Rick—starring Matthew McConaughey as the teen’s father. What kind of father would take FBI cash to let his youngest child be an undercover operative in the murderous drug underworld? This book answers the question. White Boy Rick became the Detroit FBI’s most productive drug informant of the ‘80s, but as the book explains, things went awry amid FBI misdeeds. Rick tried to become a cocaine wholesaler, got caught and has spent 30 years behind bars. He became a Prisoner of War: The War on Drugs. Rick Wershe is the central character in a wide-ranging exploration of the nearly half-century trillion-dollar policy failure known as the War on Drugs. It explains “testilying”, the widespread perjury felony committed by the police in pursuit of drug felonies, it examines CIA pressure to get charges dropped in a Detroit drug case and it shows how a basketball star’s drug death led to mass incarceration. Order a copy of Prisoner of War and explore the appalling truth from the trenches of the War on Drugs.

30 review for Prisoner of War: The Story of White Boy Rick and the War on Drugs

  1. 4 out of 5

    Maria Wroblewski

    Author attempt to give the reader a lesson on the war on drugs. The problem is that he puts events that occurred a decade apart, together to make his points. Example, Elvis, who was big in the mid to late 50's, is said to be popular at the same time as THE GRADUATE, which was released in 1966. Also, he takes facts and interprets them incorrectly. Example, Tim Allen is most famous for playing Santa. Half of the book does not even deal with Rick. First time I've said this, ever.........watch the m Author attempt to give the reader a lesson on the war on drugs. The problem is that he puts events that occurred a decade apart, together to make his points. Example, Elvis, who was big in the mid to late 50's, is said to be popular at the same time as THE GRADUATE, which was released in 1966. Also, he takes facts and interprets them incorrectly. Example, Tim Allen is most famous for playing Santa. Half of the book does not even deal with Rick. First time I've said this, ever.........watch the movie, forget the book

  2. 4 out of 5

    Phino DeLeon

    Very thorough, well written. Mr Wade put a multitude of ongoing threads together and gave a complete overview of the reasons why Rick Wershe had to spend so much time in prison for a non-violent offense. I would have liked to read more about the actual arrest along with the circumstances surrounding it but overall I think he made a excellent point about the truth about the "War on Drugs" in America Very thorough, well written. Mr Wade put a multitude of ongoing threads together and gave a complete overview of the reasons why Rick Wershe had to spend so much time in prison for a non-violent offense. I would have liked to read more about the actual arrest along with the circumstances surrounding it but overall I think he made a excellent point about the truth about the "War on Drugs" in America

  3. 5 out of 5

    Maryann Lane

    Stunning. Very informative. This book will make you stop and think.....who is really benefiting from the "War on Drugs!" Rick Wershe, Jr was instrumental to the FBI until he wasn't, and was left with nothing. Corrupt politicians and law enforcement agencies in Detroit made it a point to railroad Rick whenever they were able, to protect themselves. Stunning. Very informative. This book will make you stop and think.....who is really benefiting from the "War on Drugs!" Rick Wershe, Jr was instrumental to the FBI until he wasn't, and was left with nothing. Corrupt politicians and law enforcement agencies in Detroit made it a point to railroad Rick whenever they were able, to protect themselves.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Crane

    This was a very informative book. Just about everything you ever wondered about is covered. The war on drugs, politics, corruption (lots of that!) how the media warps stories to fit their narrative. There is so much information that it might be worth a second read just to absorb it all!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Zane Sterling

    Amazing Story! An outstanding book by Mr. Wade! A great story exposing an ugly truth that continues to unfold all across this country.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    The bottom line is the war is not being won. Treat this like a health issue and treat the abusers. Just like prohibition allow it then monitor the demand side. Too many youth in jail for lengthy sentences.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    The background of Detroit's (and the U.S.) historical war on drugs inclusive of the youngest recruit to an undercover position is told throughout this book. Troubled times, indeed...and an interesting narration. The background of Detroit's (and the U.S.) historical war on drugs inclusive of the youngest recruit to an undercover position is told throughout this book. Troubled times, indeed...and an interesting narration.

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