High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Jun 11, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages
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A pioneering neuroscientist shares his story of growing up in one of Miami's toughest neighborhoods and how it led him to his groundbreaking work in drug addiction.

As a youth, Carl Hart didn't realize the value of school; he studied just enough to stay on the basketball team. At the same time, he was immersed in street life. Today he is a cutting-edge neuroscientist—Columbia University's first tenured African American professor in the sciences—whose landmark, controversial research is redefining our understanding of addiction.

In this provocative and eye-opening memoir, he recalls his journey of self-discovery and weaves his past and present. Hart goes beyond the hype of the antidrug movement as he examines the relationship among drugs, pleasure, choice, and motivation, both in the brain and in society. His findings shed new light on common ideas about race, poverty, and drugs, and explain why current policies are failing.

Though Hart escaped neighborhoods that were dominated by entrenched poverty and the knot of problems associated with it, he has not turned his back on his roots. Determined to make a difference, he tirelessly applies his scientific research to help save real lives. But balancing his former street life with his achievements today has not been easy—a struggle he reflects on publicly for the first time.

A powerful story of hope and change, of a scientist who has dedicated his life to helping others, High Price will alter the way we think about poverty, race, and addiction—and how we can effect change.

  

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Educational book and inspiring story. - Goodreads
I appreciate Carl Hart for writing this book. - Goodreads
Both tales were educational and interesting. - Goodreads
I was hoping for more research on other drugs as well. - Goodreads
A lot of this book is a biography on the writer. - Goodreads

Review: High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society

User Review  - Clifford - Goodreads

Although there was more memoir here than I really wanted to read, it did help to put the drug research and policy elements in perspective. The conclusions of the book are surprising to me, and they ... Read full review

Review: High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society

User Review  - Todd - Goodreads

Well, this didn't challenge everything I know about drugs and society.. The authors story was interesting, however, Dr. hart's battle of being addicted to being cool was the biggest challenge of the story as far as I could see. Read full review

Contents

Dedication
Chapter 2Before and After
Chapter 3Big Mama
Sex Education
Chapter 6Drugs and Guns
Choices and Chances
Chapter 8Basic Training Chapter 9Home Is Where the HatredIs

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About the author (2013)

Carl Hart is an associate professor in the departments of psychology and psychiatry at Columbia University. He is also a research scientist in the Division of Substance Abuse at the New York State Psychiatric Institute; a member of the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse; and on the board of directors of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence and the Drug Policy Alliance. A native of Miami, Florida, he lives in New York City.

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