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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Press (Jan. 20 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620408902
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620408902
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 3.6 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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For anyone dealing with addictions or knowing someone who is battling this demon this is a jewel of a book. Covering the beginning of the war on drugs the book provides a nice pathway of the current solutions to an alternative ways for treatment and end to the violence associated with the drug trade. The book is a personal guide in many ways to where solutions and treatment strategies that seem to be ignored in totality by the politicians and physicians currently engaged in the solutions and treatments. This is a must read for addicts, politicians and physicians. Sad reality is those three groups will likely not read the book. For the converted to the solutions and treatments prescribed the changes can not happen quick enough. Hopefully more readers will get involved to make the changes proposed sooner rather than latter.
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... because Hari's book will completely reboot your understanding. I've never thought much about our western "war on drugs", and presumed that making them illegal and locking up anyone who used them was chosen after careful analysis by our elected officials. Okay, that looks pretty silly when you write it down. Anyway, Hari's book makes it clear just how tragically misguided our whole approach is, and how at just about every step of the way, we have chosen approaches - I won't say solutions - that make the problem worse. In most cases, much worse.

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.
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Well researched and written, this is a wonderful beginning for a new conversation and perspective on the "War on Drugs". The accompanying website and content therein offers a very real opportunity for meaningful discourse on what needs to change in our society for the benefit of not only those addicted, but for society as a whole. I don't necessarily agree with all the points that Hari puts forth, but as mentioned, this presents a good starting point. Highly recommend.
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Hari has written the revisionist history of a propaganda war that the good guys lost, overpowered by manipulation and suppression of the truth. Chasing The Scream is as exciting to read as Keroac's On The Road, and as disturbing as Ginsberg's Howl. The light of hope and compassion shines through. It is not too late to change our views on addiction.
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First book I've actually bought in years, I have a background in criminology and psychology, great book would highly recommend to everyone, its good to hear the entire side of the story, despite there being room for subjectivity/bias in any recounting of a historical period. buy it, totally worth it.
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I think everyone needs to read this book. It is easy to read and lays out the history of the last 100 years of drug prohibition. It discusses commonly held beliefs that research has shown are not true. In reading this I have discovered that my beliefs were based on fiction and propaganda. The book discusses other options and results where they have been tried. 100 years of prohibition has not stopped people from using drugs. We need new solutions. If we all read this book it would be a good place to start that discussion.
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History explains so much. Thanks to this author for taking the time to do the research. So many things and attitudes in society make sense now because of the story of the last century. I feel inspired to be a part of a revolution to make a new and respectful change in our society.
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This is one of those rare books that can change minds and potentially the world. What makes it so effective is that it is written in a lively journalistic style, rather than an academic one. It presents the subject as the centennial history of a failed experiment, the war on drugs. There is no dry recitation of facts or preaching, just compelling storytelling. Even as a healthcare worker, I discovered many misconceptions and biases that I would have previously clung to, were not for the tide of information contained here.

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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