Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Jun 3, 2010 - Psychology - 269 pages
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The dramatic story of the methamphetamine epidemic of the 1980s as it sweeps the American heartland--a moving, very human account of one community's attempt to battle its way to a brighter future. Crystal meth is widely considered the world's most dangerous drug, but especially so in the small towns of the American heartland. Journalist Reding tells the story of Oelwein, Iowa (pop. 6,159), which, like thousands of other small towns, has been left in the dust by the consolidation of the agricultural industry, a depressed local economy, and an out-migration of people. As if this weren't enough, an incredibly cheap, longlasting, and highly addictive drug has rolled into town. Over a period of four years, journalist Nick Reding brings us into the heart of Oelwein, tracing the connections between the lives touched by the drug and the global forces that set the stage for the epidemic.--From publisher description.
 

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User Review  - dele2451 - LibraryThing

An important step in ending the systemic denial regarding the severity of the illegal drug problem in rural America. I appreciate Mr Reding's perseverance in writing a book almost nobody really wanted ... Read full review

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User Review  - katiekrug - LibraryThing

A disturbing look at the role of methamphetamine in rural America and the toll it has taken. Focused on Oelwein, Iowa, Reding brings us the story of meth cooks, junkies, doctors, lawyers, and ... Read full review

Contents

Home
1
2005
21
The Most American Drug
40
The Inland Empire
58
Family
73
The Do Drop
90
2006
99
Mirror Imaging
107
Waterloo
137
The Inland Empire Part
150
Las Flores
167
2007
183
El Paso
192
Disconnected States 21 40 58 73 90 107 120 137 150 167 183 192
206
Home Again
236
Acknowledgments
261

The Cop Shop
120

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About the author (2010)

Nick Reding is the author of The Last Cowboys at the End of the World, and his writing has appeared in Outside, Food and Wine, and Harper's. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, he decided to move back to his home town in the course of reporting this book.

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