Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness

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G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 372 pages
Pete Earley had no idea. He'd been a journalist for over thirty years, and the author of several award-winning-even bestselling-nonfiction books about crime and punishment and society. Yet he'd always been on the outside looking in. He had no idea what it was like to be on the inside looking out until his son, Mike, was declared mentally ill, and Earley was thrown headlong into the maze of contradictions, disparities, and catch-22s that is America's mental health system.

The more Earley dug, the more he uncovered the bigger picture: Our nation's prisons have become our new mental hospitals. Crazytells two stories. The first is his son's. The second describes what Earley learned during a yearlong investigation inside the Miami-Dade County jail, where he was given complete, unrestricted access. There, and in the surrounding community, he shadowed inmates and patients; interviewed correctional officers, public defenders, prosecutors, judges, mental-health professionals, and the police; talked with parents, siblings, and spouses; consulted historians, civil rights lawyers, and legislators.

The result is both a remarkable piece of investigative journalism, and a wake-up call-a portrait that could serve as a snapshot of any community in America

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When Pete Earley's son was diagnosed with schizophrenia Earley was devestated. His son's potential career was on the line, he wasn't willing to accept treatment, and he was generally unpredictable and ... Read full review

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Another unforgettable favorite. Pete Early writes from the unique vantage point of a loving father suddenly dealt a mental health crisis in his family mix. His book is extraordinarily informative with real accounts of sufferers you grow to agonize with. Read full review

Contents

part one THE NINTH FLOOR
37
PART two SMOKE IN THE
123
PART Three A DAMN CRUEL DISEASE
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About the author (2006)

Pete Earley, a former reporter for The Washington Post, is the author of seven works of nonfiction, including the bestsellers The Hot Houseand Family of Spies, and the multi-award-winning Circumstantial Evidence. According to the Washingtonianmagazine, he is one of ten journalist/authors in America "who have the power to introduce new ideas and give them currency." Earley is also the author of two novels.

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