High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know about Drugs and Society

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

Winner of the 2014 PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award

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Editorial Reviews

John Tierney
“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.”
Boston Globe
“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.”
Scientific American
“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.”
Huffington Post
“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.”
Ebony.com
“Perhaps nowhere has a voice been more resonant in a single place than in Dr. Carl Hart’s profoundly impacting new memoir, High Price.”
Kristen Gwynne
“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.”
Gabriel Grand
“Hart’s autobiography weaves personal memoir, Drug Science 101, and enlightened discussions of American racial politics into one engaging narrative.”
New Pittsburgh Courier
“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.”
LA Sentinel
“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.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062015891
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/10/2014
  • Series: P.S.
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 66,829
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Carl Hart is an associate professor in the departments of psychology and psychiatry at Columbia University. He is also a research scientist in the Division of Substance Abuse at the New York State Psychiatric Institute; a member of the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse; and on the board of directors of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence and the Drug Policy Alliance. A native of Miami, Florida, he lives in New York City.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2013

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    This is a remarkable story. The details about drug use is incred

    This is a remarkable story. The details about drug use is incredible - far beyond a mere antidrug policy, but delving into the neurological pleasures. Written in a highly interesting mixture of past and present. Highly recommended.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2014

    Dr. Carl Hart writes an intriguing semi-autobiographical scienti

    Dr. Carl Hart writes an intriguing semi-autobiographical scientific treatise for anyone to consider.  Utilizing his training as a scientist, he debunks current wisdom of drug society and gives the reader an alternative to consider, the decriminalization of drugs.  Without actually stating as thus, Hart does point a finger towards a 1984-esque style of thinking about drugs and their control, turning conventional wisdom on its head. Overall, well worth the read. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2014

    Insightful and passionate education read!

    Dr. Carl Hart's auto-buographical research novel is compelling and pedagogic all in one. Dr. Hart's ability to recant his past and intertwine it into his research and thirst for discovery almost made me want to go into neuroscience myself. This is a great read for anyone who is interested in bridging the gap in academia between low and high socio-econimcal backgrounds. I have been encapsulated in this book since purchasing it, I would highly recommend it if you have an open mind and thirst for knowledge on disparity and each persons motivation for success.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2014

    A real eye opener!

    Dr Hart skillfully explains both the science and the many other factors which SHOULD be determining our drug policies. It is amzing how thoroughly and factually misinformed we are.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    Great read.

    This book gives you a different take on the war on drugs. It challenges ideas about addiction, race and class. In many ways it is the classic American rags to riches story, but what makes it unique is the incite into drug research and policy which is seamlessly woven in. Hip and funny, smart, but written for the layman.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 9, 2014

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