Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

by Johann Hari

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The New York Times Bestseller
The Book Behind the Viral TED Talk

For the first time, the startling full story of the disastrous war on drugs--propelled by moving human stories, revolutionary insight into addiction, and fearless international reporting.

What if everything you think you know about addiction is wrong? One of Johann Hari's earliest memories is of trying to wake up one of his relatives and not be able to. As he grew older, he realized he had addiction in his family. Confused, unable to know what to do, he set out on a three-year, 30,000-mile journey to discover what really causes addiction--and what really solves it.

He uncovered a range of remarkable human stories--of how the war on drugs began with Billie Holiday, the great jazz singer, being stalked and killed by a racist policeman; of the scientist who discovered the surprising key to addiction; and of the countries that ended their war on drugs--with extraordinary results.

His discoveries led him to give a TED talk and animation which have now been viewed more than 25 million times. This is the story of a life-changing journey that showed the world the opposite of addiction is connection.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620408926
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 01/20/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 215,683
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Johann Hari is the author of Lost Connections. He was twice named Newspaper Journalist of the Year by Amnesty International UK. He has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and others, and he is a regular panelist on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher. His TED talk, “Everything You Think You Know About Addiction Is Wrong,” and the animation based on it have more than twenty million views. Hari lives in London.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I Mount Rushmore

1 The Black Hand 7

2 Sunshine and Weaklings 33

3 The Barrel of Harry's Gun 42

4 The Bullet at the Birth 48

Part II Ghosts

5 Souls of Mischief 61

6 Hard to Be Harry 85

7 Mushrooms 98

Part III Angels

8 State of Shame 103

9 Bart Simpson and the Angel of Juárez 116

10 Marisela's Long March 131

Part IV The Temple

11 The Grieving Mongoose 145

12 Terminal City 153

13 Batman's Bad Call 168

Part V Peace

14 The Drug Addicts' uprising 187

15 Snowfall and Strengthening 205

16 The Spirit of'74 233

17 The Man in the Well 256

18 High Noon 275

Conclusion: If You are Alone 291

A Note On Narrative Techniques 300

Acknowledgments 302

Notes 305

Bibliography 361

Index 375

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