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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (June 10 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062015893
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062015891
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“It’s a fascinating combination of memoir and social science: wrenching scenes of deprivation and violence accompanied by calm analysis of historical data and laboratory results.” (John Tierney, New York Times)

“Moving and inspiring…. Hart’s memoir… is deeply honest and often painful. And his account of the ways in which scientific evidence has been ignored in the war on drugs is as alarming as it is fascinating.” (Boston Globe)

“Hart’s account of rising from the projects to the ivory tower is as poignant as his call to change the way society thinks about race, drugs and poverty.” (Scientific American)

“A hard-hitting attack on current drug policy by…a neuroscientist who grew up on the streets of one of Miami’s toughest neighborhoods…An eye-opening, absorbing, complex story of scientific achievement in the face of overwhelming odds.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“A refreshing new analysis of drug use that reveals how common misconceptions about illegal drugs are far too often not based on empirical evidence. . . . . [A] thought-provoking…[and] important work on substance abuse.” (Library Journal (starred review))

“Combining memoir, popular science, and public policy, Hart’s study lambasts current drug laws as draconian and repressive…. His is a provocative clarion call for students of sociology and policy-makers alike.” (Publishers Weekly)

“It’s not every day you read a book that blows the lid off everything you’ve ever been taught about drugs, but Dr. Carl Hart’s recent work…does just that. Part memoir, part myth-buster…a fast-paced read.” (Huffington Post)

“Perhaps nowhere has a voice been more resonant in a single place than in Dr. Carl Hart’s profoundly impacting new memoir, High Price.” (Ebony.com)

“In his new book High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society, Carl Hart blowsapart the most common myths about drugs and their impact on society.” (Kristen Gwynne, Salon.com)

“Hart’s autobiography weaves personal memoir, Drug Science 101, and enlightened discussions of American racial politics into one engaging narrative.” (Gabriel Grand, PolicyMic.com)

“This mixing of personal story and hard research is interesting and appealing, in part because Hart isn’t preachy and partly due to his unique history as someone who actually lived that which he’s trying to help others avoid.” (New Pittsburgh Courier)

“A seminal contribution to the conversation about the intersection of the legal system and drug addiction from a bodacious brother with both street credibility and academic credentials.” (LA Sentinel)

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A provocative and eye-opening memoir, High Price will change the way we think about addiction, poverty, and race, as well as our policies on drugs.

As Columbia University's first tenured African American professor in the sciences, groundbreaking neuroscientist Carl Hart has redefined our understanding of addiction.  His controversial landmark research goes beyond the hype of the antidrug movement to shed new light on common ideas about race, poverty, and drugs, and to explain why current policies are failing.

In High Price, Hart recalls his personal story—and though he escaped neighborhoods that were entrenched in systemic poverty, he has not turned his back on them. But balancing his former street life with his achievements today has not been easy—a struggle he reflects on publicly for the first time here.

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Every thoughtful person should read this book. I would have preferred less autobiography and more discussion of drug and law enforcement policies, but Dr. Hart's presentation of the ideas that the medical community, police, and media present as fact but are not is eye-opening. If we approached social problems with less certainty and more awareness of other peoples' social context, as Hart suggests, we might stumble upon meaningful answers. I am glad I spend enough time wandering around Amazon.ca that I stumbled upon Carl Hart.
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Intelligent and pertinent. Dr. Hart has a lot to say ans says it in a calm and convincing manner. This is a discussion of drugs and
their social costs from someone who has seen many sides of the story..
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This should be mandatory reading for anyone wishing to have an informed discussion about addictions and drug policy. Dr. Hart expertly blends elements of his own biography into informative and fact-based assessments of the mental and sociopolitical factors underpinning addictions. The book has many light-hearted and expository elements, but doesn't shy away from taking a strong position against many elements of the current methods of combatting addiction.
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Do yourself a favor, and take the time to read this unbiased report of the sad reality of the war on drugs, and the worldwide path of irrational laws, propaganda, and policies which have been the root cause of countless tragedies, ruined lives, and wasted resources.

It's evidently clear that the proper political tools can be extremely effective at conditioning society into viewing certain drugs as inherently evil, but do these individuals with a vested interest in maintaining the status quo without a government permission slip not realize that they are condemning a minority group of individuals - the vast majority of them non-violent and otherwise law abiding - to a long time behind bars solely because of their preference to consume another type of plant than the likes of tobacco, or, another type of psychoactive drug than the likes of ethyl alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine?

How can this be when any amount of alcohol consumed is carcinogenic? It's also toxic to several vital organs in amounts considered intoxicating, quickly killing brain, heart, and liver cells. Yet the beer commercials continue to dominate countless venues, and all they'll tell you or I about their product(s) is to "drink responsibly."

I work with a lot of pot heads, and contrary to the typical D.A.R.E. and/or Reefer Madness depictions of insanity, drug seeking behavior, spontaneous violence, and so forth, they are actually very kind, punctual, compassionate, hard-working individuals whom I would trust with my life any day of the week when compared to a typical consumer of alcoholic beverages.

Furthermore, they never seem to work less diligently than those who don't smoke weed, and they have never displayed clear signs of mental retardation.

So what?
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