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

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A pioneering neuroscientist shares his story of growing up in one of Miami's toughest neighborhoods and how it led him to his groundbreaking work in drug addiction.

As a youth, Carl Hart didn't realize the value of school; he studied just enough to stay on the basketball team. At the same time, he was immersed in street life. Today he is a cutting-edge neuroscientist?Columbia University's first tenured African American professor in the ...

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

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Overview

A pioneering neuroscientist shares his story of growing up in one of Miami's toughest neighborhoods and how it led him to his groundbreaking work in drug addiction.

As a youth, Carl Hart didn't realize the value of school; he studied just enough to stay on the basketball team. At the same time, he was immersed in street life. 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, he recalls his journey of self-discovery and weaves his past and present. Hart goes beyond the hype of the antidrug movement as he examines the relationship among drugs, 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.

Though Hart escaped neighborhoods that were dominated by entrenched poverty and the knot of problems associated with it, he has not turned his back on his roots. Determined to make a difference, he tirelessly applies his scientific research to help save real lives. But balancing his former street life with his achievements today has not been easy—a struggle he reflects on publicly for the first time.

A powerful story of hope and change, of a scientist who has dedicated his life to helping others, High Price will alter the way we think about poverty, race, and addiction—and how we can effect change.

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

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Editorial Reviews

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Hart (neuropsychopharmacologist, Columbia Univ., research scientist, New York State Psychiatric Inst. Div. of Substance Abuse) presents a refreshing new analysis of drug use that reveals how common misconceptions about illegal drugs are far too often not based on empirical evidence. Hart blends his own story of experimentation with drugs as a teenager with his insights into the relationship between drugs and pleasure, factors that motivate the use of drugs, and the power of choice. He also reveals new ideas regarding the common association of racial characteristics with drug abuse, the impact of poverty on the use of drugs, and an important, new understanding of why current national drug abuse policies continue to fail. His relatively surprising research results reveal how incorrect common warnings are about how drug abuse can ruin a person's life. Drawing on his successful rise out of poverty and drug abuse in his dysfunctional family, Hart directed much of his research into how some drug users have managed to succeed in life, supporting his view that much of what is now being done in current drug education, treatment, and policy is inconsistent with scientific research results. VERDICT Hart manages to add to the voluminous drug abuse genre a radically new approach that is thought-provoking and that will certainly stimulate controversial opinions, especially among the drug abuse treatment profession. He succeeds in presenting a blend of personal memoir with a critical analysis of why drugs and drug users are often shunned, the role racial policies have played in this perception, and how these misperceptions have resulted in current drug fighting approaches that he views as counterproductive. Hart's experience adds credibility to this important work on substance abuse that is essential for all university libraries supporting treatment curriculum and treatment professionals.—Dale Farris, Groves, TX
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: 9780062198938
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/11/2013
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 62,691
  • File size: 3 MB

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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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