A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention

A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention

by Matt Richtel
A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention

A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention

by Matt Richtel


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"Deserves a spot next to Fast Food Nation and To Kill a Mockingbird in America’s high school curriculums. To say it may save lives is self-evident.” —New York Times Book Review (Editor's Choice)

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: San Francisco Chronicle, Chrisitian Science Monitor, Amazon, Kirkus, Winnipeg Free Press

One of the decade's most original and masterfully reported books, A Deadly Wandering by Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times journalist Matt Richtel interweaves the cutting-edge science of attention with the tensely plotted story of a mysterious car accident and its aftermath to answer some of the defining questions of our time: What is technology doing to us? Can our minds keep up with the pace of change? How can we find balance?

On the last day of summer, an ordinary Utah college student named Reggie Shaw fatally struck two rocket scientists while texting and driving along a majestic stretch of highway bordering the Rocky Mountains. A Deadly Wandering follows Reggie from the moment of the tragedy, through the police investigation, the state's groundbreaking prosecution, and ultimately, Reggie's wrenching admission of responsibility. Richtel parallels Reggie's journey with leading-edge scientific findings on the impact technology has on our brains, showing how these devices play to our deepest social instincts. A propulsive read filled with surprising scientific detail, riveting narrative tension, and rare emotional depth, A Deadly Wandering is a book that can change—and save—lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062284075
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/02/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 88,468
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Matt Richtel is a reporter at the New York Times. He received the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for a series of articles about distracted driving that he expanded into his first nonfiction book, A Deadly Wandering, a New York Times bestseller. His second nonfiction book, An Elegant Defense, on the human immune system, was a national bestseller and chosen by Bill Gates for his annual Summer Reading List. Richtel has appeared on NPR’s Fresh Air, CBS This Morning, PBS NewsHour, and other major media outlets. He lives in San Francisco, California.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Part I Collision

Chapter 1 Reggie 11

Chapter 2 The Toll 21

Chapter 3 The Neuroscientists 30

Chapter 4 Reggie 36

Chapter 5 Terryl 49

Chapter 6 The Toll 55

Chapter 7 The Neuroscientists 60

Chapter 8 Terryl 72

Chapter 9 Reggie 81

Chapter 10 Reggie 90

Chapter 11 The Neuroscientists 98

Chapter 12 Reggie 110

Chapter 13 Hunt for Justice 115

Chapter 14 The Neuroscientists 119

Chapter 15 Terryl 129

Part II Reckoning

Chapter 16 The Neuroscientists 139

Chapter 17 Terryl 147

Chapter 18 Hunt for Justice 155

Chapter 19 Reggie 158

Chapter 20 The Neuroscientists 165

Chapter 21 Terryl 172

Chapter 22 Hunt for Justice 179

Chapter 23 The Lawmakers 189

Chapter 24 The Neuroscientists 192

Chapter 25 Reggie 200

Chapter 26 Terryl 206

Chapter 27 The Neuroscientists 214

Chapter 28 Hunt for Justice 223

Chapter 29 Reggie 235

Chapter 30 Hunt for Justice 240

Chapter 31 Hunt for Justice 248

Chapter 32 Hunt for Justice 251

Chapter 33 Terryl 256

Chapter 34 Reggie 262

Chapter 35 Hunt for Justice 269

Part III Redemption

Chapter 36 Hunt for Justice 281

Chapter 37 Reggie 287

Chapter 38 Hunt for Justice 289

Chapter 39 The Lawmakers 295

Chapter 40 The Lawmakers 300

Chapter 41 Justice 306

Chapter 42 The Lawmakers 317

Chapter 43 Justice 319

Chapter 44 Reggie 321

Chapter 45 Redemption 334

Chapter 46 Reggie's Brain 334

Chapter 47 Terryl 340

Chapter 48 Redemption 345

Chapter 49 The Neuroscientists 356

Chapter 50 Reggie 362

Epilogue 369

Author's Note 378

Acknowledgments 388

Index 391

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