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

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

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by Carl Hart
     
 

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High Price is the harrowing and inspiring memoir of neuroscientist Carl Hart, a man who grew up in one of Miami’s toughest neighborhoods and, determined to make a difference as an adult, tirelessly applies his scientific training to help save real lives.
 
Young Carl didn't see the value of school, studying just enough to keep him on

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High Price is the harrowing and inspiring memoir of neuroscientist Carl Hart, a man who grew up in one of Miami’s toughest neighborhoods and, determined to make a difference as an adult, tirelessly applies his scientific training to help save real lives.
 
Young Carl didn't see the value of school, studying just enough to keep him on the basketball team. Today, he is a cutting-edge neuroscientist—Columbia University’s first tenured African American professor in the sciences—whose landmark, controversial research is redefining our understanding of addiction.

In this provocative and eye-opening memoir, Dr. Carl Hart recalls his journey of self-discovery, how he escaped a life of crime and drugs and avoided becoming one of the crack addicts he now studies. Interweaving past and present, Hart goes beyond the hype as he examines the relationship between drugs and pleasure, choice, and motivation, both in the brain and in society. His findings shed new light on common ideas about race, poverty, and drugs, and explain why current policies are failing.

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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062015891
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/10/2014
Series:
P.S.
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
111,780
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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High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. 
TJ83 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is both a personal testimonial and an informative source of information. I thoroughly enjoied it n learned from it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Makes you re-think the whole drug policy debate in this country. It is both autobiographical as well as presenting scientific research on drugs and mental illness. Again, I think anyone who is interested on where we need to go with our drug policies, only needs to read this book. It should be required reading for policy makers.
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