Addiction is a preventable, treatable disease, not a moral failing. As with other illnesses, the approaches most likely to work are based on science — not on faith, tradition, contrition, or wishful thinking. These facts are the foundation of Clean. The existing addiction treatments, including Twelve Step programs and rehabs, have helped some, but they have failed to help many more. To discover why, David Sheff spent time with scores of scientists, doctors, counselors, and addicts and their families, and explored the latest research in psychology, neuroscience, and medicine. In Clean, he reveals how addiction really works, and how we can combat it.
“A guide for those affected by addiction, but also a manifesto . . . for America as it confronts its drug problem. [Sheff] has performed a vital service by compiling sensible advice on a subject for which sensible advice is in short supply.” — New York Times Book Review
“As a journalist, father, and clear-eyed chronicler of addiction, David Sheff is without peer.” — Sanjay Gupta, M.D., chief medical correspondent, CNN
Sheff gives a rare and last glimpse of John and Yoko, one that seemed to look beyond the kitchen table to the future of the world with startling premonitions of what was to come.
In this irresistible, groundbreaking book, Sheff takes us into the trenches of the Chinese technology revolution, introducing the major and minor players who are leading China into the twenty-first century. Players like Bo Feng, the charismatic former sushi chef who is now one of the leading venture capitalists in China. And Edward Tian, a national hero who has been described as China's Steve Jobs and Bill Gates combined, who left his own start-up on the eve of its IPO in order to lead the government's attempt to bring broadband to the entire nation, in the process leapfrogging the United States, Europe, and the rest of Asia with the longest and fastest network in the world.
As the U.S. technological revolution wanes, business leaders will be looking to the billion-plus potential customers in China for new growth. In addition, the world's newest member of the World Trade Organization will no longer be a bystander in the global economy; it will be a fierce competitor. And when hundreds of million Chinese have access to unprecedented information and communication, China itself will be profoundly altered. Jay Chang, an analyst who covers China for Credit Suisse First Boston, sums the seismic nature of the changes: "What happens when China successfully transforms from a mainly agrarian/industrial nation into one that has significant input from the information technology industry? What happens when eighty percent of the state-owned enterprises in China are able to link economically to the global Internet on fast pipes? What happens when China's engineering talent pool is able to gain access to high-end computing resources and exchange ideas and information easily with their global peers? What happens when fifty percent of the Chinese population gets wired in ten years -- six hundred million people, the largest number of Internet users in the world?" With its compelling, character-driven story, researched over the course of three years, China Dawn will be the definitive book on the subject.
¿Qué le pasó a mi hijo precioso? ¿A nuestra familia? ¿En qué me equivoqué? Esas son las tormentosas preguntas que acompañan a David Sheff en su viaje a través de la adicción a las drogas y los intentos de desintoxicarse de su hijo Nic. Antes de hacerse adicto a las drogas, Nic Sheff era un niño encantador, alegre y simpático. Adorado por todos, era un buen estudiante y un gran atleta. Pero las metanfetaminas le convirtieron en un tembloroso espectro que mentía, robaba y llegó a vivir en las calles. David Sheff traza las primeras señales de alarma, la negación, la llamada a las 3 de la mañana¿—será Nic? ¿la policía? ¿el hospital? Su preocupación obsesiva por Nic se convirtió en otro tipo de adicción, también con trágicas consecuencias.
Mi hijo precioso es una crónica entrañable y aterradora sobre cómo las adicciones no sólo dañan a los adictos, sino a todos los que les rodean. David Sheff ha escrito un poderoso y conmovedor retrato de familia, ahora adaptado para la gran pantalla y protagonizado por Steve Carrell y Timothée Chalamet.