Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

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The New York Times Bestseller
The Book Behind the Viral TED Talk

For the first time, the startling full story of the disastrous war on drugs--propelled by moving human stories, revolutionary insight into addiction, and fearless international reporting.

What if everything you think you know about addiction is wrong? One of Johann Hari's earliest memories is of trying to wake up one of his relatives and not be able to. As he grew older, he realized he had addiction in his family. Confused, unable to know what to do, he set out on a three-year, 30,000-mile journey to discover what really causes addiction--and what really solves it.

He uncovered a range of remarkable human stories--of how the war on drugs began with Billie Holiday, the great jazz singer, being stalked and killed by a racist policeman; of the scientist who discovered the surprising key to addiction; and of the countries that ended their war on drugs--with extraordinary results.

His discoveries led him to give a TED talk and animation which have now been viewed more than 25 million times. This is the story of a life-changing journey that showed the world the opposite of addiction is connection.
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About the author

Johann Hari is the author of Lost Connections. He was twice named Newspaper Journalist of the Year by Amnesty International UK. He has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and others, and he is a regular panelist on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher. His TED talk, “Everything You Think You Know About Addiction Is Wrong,” and the animation based on it have more than twenty million views. Hari lives in London.
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Publisher
Bloomsbury Publishing USA
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Published on
Jan 20, 2015
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Pages
400
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ISBN
9781620408926
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Language
English
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Genres
Literary Collections / General
Political Science / Public Policy / Social Policy
Social Science / Criminology
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Winner of the NBCC Award for General Nonfiction

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From a small town in Mexico to the boardrooms of Big Pharma to main streets nationwide, an explosive and shocking account of addiction in the heartland of America.

In 1929, in the blue-collar city of Portsmouth, Ohio, a company built a swimming pool the size of a football field; named Dreamland, it became the vital center of the community. Now, addiction has devastated Portsmouth, as it has hundreds of small rural towns and suburbs across America--addiction like no other the country has ever faced. How that happened is the riveting story of Dreamland.

With a great reporter's narrative skill and the storytelling ability of a novelist, acclaimed journalist Sam Quinones weaves together two classic tales of capitalism run amok whose unintentional collision has been catastrophic. The unfettered prescribing of pain medications during the 1990s reached its peak in Purdue Pharma's campaign to market OxyContin, its new, expensive--extremely addictive--miracle painkiller. Meanwhile, a massive influx of black tar heroin--cheap, potent, and originating from one small county on Mexico's west coast, independent of any drug cartel--assaulted small town and mid-sized cities across the country, driven by a brilliant, almost unbeatable marketing and distribution system. Together these phenomena continue to lay waste to communities from Tennessee to Oregon, Indiana to New Mexico.

Introducing a memorable cast of characters--pharma pioneers, young Mexican entrepreneurs, narcotics investigators, survivors, and parents--Quinones shows how these tales fit together. Dreamland is a revelatory account of the corrosive threat facing America and its heartland.
„Döbbenetes és elsöprő" Elton John
A drogellenes háború döbbenetes történetének első elbeszélése. Bátor nemzetközi tudósítás, melyben az írót személyes érintettség vezérelte a kábítószerfüggőség témájában.
2015-ben már pontosan egy évszázada lesz, hogy az Egyesült Államok hadat üzent a kábítószernek. De nincs okunk győzelmi táncot lejteni. A drogellenes háború centenáriumi évében Johann Hari újságíró a saját szemével látja, miként züllik el egyik közeli rokona, valamint volt barátja is a kokain és a heroin miatt és talán ő maga is a drogfüggőség felé sodródik. De milyen is valójában a drogellenes háború? Mi Hari szerepe, és melyik történetben? A merész tudósító egy két éven át tartó, húszezer mérföldes útra indult ennek a harcnak a frontvonalán, hogy kiderítse, mit jelent a drogellenes háború világszerte, és hogyan léphetnénk túl rajta.
A kábulat ára drámai, személyes történetekre épül. Hari saját történetére, és azokéra, akikkel kutatómunkája és interjúi során megismerkedik: egy transzszexuális brooklyni kokaindíler, aki tudni akarja, ki ölte meg az anyját, és egy mexikói anya, aki éveken át kereste a sivatagban a lánya gyilkosát. Egy gyerek, akit a holokauszt idején egy budapesti gettóból csempésztek ki, és aki segített feltárni a függőség tudományos magyarázatát. Uruguay elnöke, aki éveket töltött katonai börtönben, és aki legalizálta a marihuánát, hogy megpróbáljon gátat szabni az országában dúló erőszaknak.
A kábulat ára erőteljes, lendületes és meggyőző könyv, mely képet ad arról, mennyire pusztítóak a drogok is, és a kormányok drogellenes erőfeszítései is. Egy emberibb jövőt mer álmodni.
Johann Hari írt többek között a New York Times, az LA Times, a Guardian, a Le Monde, a Slate, a New Republic és a Nation lapokban. Kilenc éven át volt az Independent rovatvezetője, és kétszer nyerte el az Amnesty International UK Az év újságírója címét. Az Editorial Intelligence- től Az év kulturális kommentátora, a Stonewall-tól pedig Az év meleg újságírója díjat is megkapta. A kábulat ára az első könyve.
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