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Chasing the Scream: The Inspiration for the Feature Film

Chasing the Scream: The Inspiration for the Feature Film "The United States vs. Billie Holiday"

by Johann Hari


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What if everything you think you know about addiction is wrong? Johann Hari’s journey into the heart of the war on drugs led him to ask this question—and to write the book that gave rise to his viral TED talk, viewed more than 62 million times, and inspired the feature film The United States vs. Billie Holiday and the documentary series The Fix.

One of Johann Hari’s earliest memories is of trying to wake up one of his relatives and not being able to. As he grew older, he realized he had addiction in his family. Confused, not knowing what to do, he set out and traveled over 30,000 miles over three years 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 own war on drugs—with extraordinary results.

Chasing the Scream is the story of a life-changing journey that transformed the addiction debate internationally—and showed the world that the opposite of addiction is connection.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620408902
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 01/20/2015
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 404,793
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

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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