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

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Jan 20, 2015 - Social Science - 389 pages
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It is now one hundred years since drugs were first banned in the United States. On the eve of this centenary, journalist Johann Hari set off on an epic three-year, thirty-thousand-mile journey into the war on drugs. What he found is that more and more people all over the world have begun to recognize three startling truths: Drugs are not what we think they are. Addiction is not what we think it is. And the drug war has very different motives to the ones we have seen on our TV screens for so long.

In Chasing the Scream, Hari reveals his discoveries entirely through the stories of people across the world whose lives have been transformed by this war. They range from a transsexual crack dealer in Brooklyn searching for her mother, to a teenage hit-man in Mexico searching for a way out. It begins with Hari's discovery that at the birth of the drug war, Billie Holiday was stalked and killed by the man who launched this crusade--and it ends with the story of a brave doctor who has led his country to decriminalize every drug, from cannabis to crack, with remarkable results.

Chasing the Scream lays bare what we really have been chasing in our century of drug war--in our hunger for drugs, and in our attempt to destroy them. This book will challenge and change how you think about one of the most controversial--and consequential--questions of our time.

 

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I recently watched Hulu and the incredible movie The United States vs. Billie Holliday. I noted this book at the end of the show in the credits as the one used as reference . This book was jam packed ... Read full review

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I will be adding this book to my small but critical list of books I will offer to any person who wants to actually understand important social issues of today. Like others on the my list, it is not ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Black Hand
7
Sunshine and Weaklings
33
The Barrel of Harrys Gun
42
The Bullet at the Birth
48
Souls of Mischief
61
Hard to Be Harry
85
Mushrooms
98
Batmans Bad Call
168
The Drug Addicts Uprising
187
Snowfall and Strengthening
205
The Spirit of 74
233
The Man in the Well
256
High Noon
275
If You Are Alone
291
A Note on Narrative Techniques
300

Bart Simpson and the Angel of Juárez
116
Mariselas Long March
131
The Grieving Mongoose
145
Terminal City
153

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About the author (2015)

Johann Hari was a columnist for the Independent in London for nine years and was twice named Newspaper Journalist of the Year by Amnesty International UK. He has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, Le Monde, Slate, the New Republic, and the Nation, among others. He has also been awarded the Comment Award for Cultural Commentator of the Year by Editorial Intelligence, and has been named Journalist of the Year by Stonewall. Hari lives in London.
www.johannhari.com
@johannhari101

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