If the banking meltdown proved that finance journalists weren’t doing their jobs, the trillions we’ve wasted on breaking up families, dusting entire South American countries with poison, and busting down the doors of little old ladies over the last three decades are evidence that the entire media is even more clueless when it comes to the war on drugs. Reporter Ryan Grim of the Huffington Post (and formerly of Washington City Paper) is a much-welcomed exception. In This Is Your Country on Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High in America, Grim shows that dangerous drugs aren’t as popular as the nightly news desperately needs you to believe they are, that interdiction in South and Central America has made the United States more dangerous, and that, statistically, there really is no winning this one.

GRIM READS AT 6 P.M. AT POLITICS AND PROSE, 5015 CONNECTICUT AVE. FREE. (202) 364-1919.