“Moving and inspiring…. Hart’s memoir, especially his description of meeting his now-adult son, 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.” — Boston Globe
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 having a life of addiction, the kind 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.
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Table of Contents
Author's Note xi
Chapter 1 Where I Come From 9
Chapter 2 Before and After 20
Chapter 3 Big Mama 42
Chapter 4 Sex Education 65
Chapter 5 Rap and Rewards 83
Chapter 6 Drugs and Guns 102
Chapter 7 Choices and Chances 125
Chapter 8 Basic Training 143
Chapter 9 "Home is Where the Hatred Is" 169
Chapter 10 The Maze 197
Chapter 11 Wyoming 219
Chapter 12 Still Just a Nigga 238
Chapter 13 The Behavior of Human Subjects 254
Chapter 14 Hitting Home 277
Chapter 15 The New Crack 288
Chapter 16 In Search of Salvation 313
Chapter 17 Drug Policy Based on Fact, Not Fiction 322