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

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

by Carl Hart


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

“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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062015891
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/10/2014
Series: P.S.
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 351,093
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.83(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xi

Prologue 1

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

Acknowledgments 333

Notes 336

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