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Chasing the Scream: The First And Last Days Of The War On Drugs Hardcover – Jan 20 2015
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“Johann Hari's book is the perfect antidote to the war on drugs, one of the most under-discussed moral injustices of our time. It combines rigorous research and deeply human story-telling. It will prompt an urgently needed debate.” ―Glenn Greenwald
“A terrific book.” ―Bill Maher
“An absolutely stunning book. It will blow people away.” ―Elton John
“Superb journalism and thrilling story-telling.” ―Naomi Klein
“Wonderful. I couldn't put it down.” ―Noam Chomsky
“An astounding book . . . You have to read it.” ―Amy Goodman, host of DEMOCRACY NOW!
“This book is as intoxicatingly thrilling as crack, without destroying your teeth. It will change the drug debate forever.” ―Russell Brand
“Amazing and bracing and smart. It's really revolutionary.” ―Dan Savage
“Incredibly insightful and provocative.” ―B.J. Novak, writer for THE OFFICE
“Check out Johann Hari's extraordinary new book Chasing the Scream, one of the best books I've ever read about the world of drugs.” ―Touré, MSNBC
“Breath-taking . . . A powerful contribution to an urgent debate.” ―John Harris, The Guardian
“A riveting book.” ―San Francisco Chronicle
“Chasing the Scream vividly paints the war on drugs as the century-long bad LSD trip that it is; in doing so it sticks a big nail in its coffin.” ―Ioan Grillo, author of EL NARCO
“This book is an entertainment, a great character study, and page-turning story-telling all rolled into one very sophisticated and compelling cry for social justice.” ―Stephen Downing, former deputy chief, LAPD
“Johann Hari has written a drug policy reform book like no other. Many have studied, or conducted, the science surrounding the manifold ills of drug prohibition. But Hari puts it all into riveting story form, and humanizes it . . . Chasing the Scream is beautifully wrought: lively, humorous, and poignant. And, it's a compelling case for why the drug war must end, yesterday.” ―Norman Stamper, former chief of the Seattle Police
“Hari has made a stimulating hybrid of a book--simultaneously a readable history of the war on drugs and a powerful case for radical reform.” ―Publishers Weekly
“A compassionate and humane argument to overturn draconian drug policies.” ―Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
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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I won't give away his points, except to say that the book was fascinating reading and, to the extent that a single book can do this, has completely changed my views on the way we should be handling recreational drugs. I strongly recommend this book to anyone involved or interested in drug policy.
The author gives the story more power by presenting all perspectives in the drug war, from that of addicts and dealers to caregivers to drug warriors. All their disparate points of view combine to support his central thesis of the futility of trying to suppress drug use by force. He admits from the outset that he is in favour of legalization of drug use, but nevertheless manages to present a balanced view, partly in answer to his own nagging doubts. Most convincing are his observations of the few places and times that legalization was actually enacted. This is a tour de force of an argument, delivered as a masterful narrative.
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This is an excellent book and it is extremely well-written. It changed my views related to drug criminalization and will likely change yours!Published 17 days ago by Dominic
This is an amazing book! Most informative and accurate account I've ever had the pleasure of reading. I wish books like this were required in academia.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Fantastic book. Highly recommend this book to anyone interesting the drug war or have family members or friends battling addiction.Published 2 months ago by David Yates
What an eye opener. Really enjoyed it. I feel like a movement is starting, and this book is the tip of the spear. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Stefan Takacs
Must read dissection of the many ways drug addiction and addicts themselves are so woefully misunderstood and mistreated by professionals, law enforcement and loved ones alikePublished 6 months ago by Rebecca Thornhill
Fantastic read. Thought provoking and infuriating all at the same time.Published 9 months ago by Michael P.