Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
It is now 100 years since drugs were first banned in the United States. On the eve of this centenary, journalist Johann Hari set off on an epic three-year, 30,000-mile journey into the war on drugs. What he found is that more and more people all over the world have begun to recognize three startling truths: Drugs are not what we think they are. Addiction is not what we think it is. And the drug war has very different motives to the ones we have seen on our TV screens for so long.
In Chasing the Scream, Hari reveals his discoveries entirely through the stories of people across the world whose lives have been transformed by this war. They range from a transsexual crack dealer in Brooklyn searching for her mother, to a teenage hit-man in Mexico searching for a way out. It begins with Hari's discovery that at the birth of the drug war, Billie Holiday was stalked and killed by the man who launched this crusade - and it ends with the story of a brave doctor who has led his country to decriminalize every drug, from cannabis to crack, with remarkable results.
Chasing the Scream lays bare what we really have been chasing in our century of drug war - in our hunger for drugs, and in our attempt to destroy them. This audiobook will challenge and change how you think about one of the most controversial - and consequential - questions of our time.
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|Listening Length||14 hours and 10 minutes|
|Narrator||Tim Gerard Reynolds|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||20 January 2015|
|Publisher||Audible Studios for Bloomsbury|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 1,481 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
1 in War on Drugs
2 in Social Policy (Books)
3 in Criminology (Books)
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This author can certainly write, and is equally as impressive and ‘well read’ in his TV interviews.
Trying to find the time to watch his TED talks.
I don't take illicit drugs nor approve of them, however this book provides a fairly impassive analysis of drugs, drug addicts and recreational drug users who don't become addicted. Some of the conclusions of this research coincide with my own observations and opinions. I have had friends who are addicts and friends who take party drugs and don't become addicted and knew the difference was how happy their childhood and teen years shaped the outcome.
Johann wrote compellingly and the stories were engaging. I love history and psychology, this book served both up to me.
I highly recommend getting this as an audio book if you find nonfiction a slog.
Top reviews from other countries
Thought-provoking and 'against the grain' of how we are naturally lead to opine about drug dealers, users, drug enforcement, and policy. I thoroughly enjoyed the book in the most meaningful way possible. I don't think I thought badly or negatively of those affected by addiction, but I will admit that I felt swayed by the biases of the media. I cannot count how many people I have reiterated the experiment of 'Rat Park' to people, or the tragic stories told by victims themselves. Listen to the podcast and read the book!
Reading this stirred up a huge amount of anger as I realised that almost everything I'd been taught about drugs and addiction was wrong and causing genuine pain and suffering in the world, and this was all motivated more or less by the prejudice of one man. It brings home how the history of modern drug policy in the world is a litany of knee-jerk reactions and misinformed decision making, often motivated by blind hatred and a criminal lack of understanding.
This is a book that I think everyone should read. The world would be a better place if we had a greater understanding of this subject.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone seeking a detailed historical account of the War On Drugs.