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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062015891
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/10/2014
Series: P.S.
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 414,890
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.79(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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High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a remarkable story. The details about drug use is incredible - far beyond a mere antidrug policy, but delving into the neurological pleasures. Written in a highly interesting mixture of past and present. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dr. Carl Hart writes an intriguing semi-autobiographical scientific treatise for anyone to consider.  Utilizing his training as a scientist, he debunks current wisdom of drug society and gives the reader an alternative to consider, the decriminalization of drugs.  Without actually stating as thus, Hart does point a finger towards a 1984-esque style of thinking about drugs and their control, turning conventional wisdom on its head. Overall, well worth the read. 
TJ83 More than 1 year ago
Dr. Carl Hart's auto-buographical research novel is compelling and pedagogic all in one. Dr. Hart's ability to recant his past and intertwine it into his research and thirst for discovery almost made me want to go into neuroscience myself. This is a great read for anyone who is interested in bridging the gap in academia between low and high socio-econimcal backgrounds. I have been encapsulated in this book since purchasing it, I would highly recommend it if you have an open mind and thirst for knowledge on disparity and each persons motivation for success.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dr Hart skillfully explains both the science and the many other factors which SHOULD be determining our drug policies. It is amzing how thoroughly and factually misinformed we are.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is both a personal testimonial and an informative source of information. I thoroughly enjoied it n learned from it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book gives you a different take on the war on drugs. It challenges ideas about addiction, race and class. In many ways it is the classic American rags to riches story, but what makes it unique is the incite into drug research and policy which is seamlessly woven in. Hip and funny, smart, but written for the layman.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Makes you re-think the whole drug policy debate in this country. It is both autobiographical as well as presenting scientific research on drugs and mental illness. Again, I think anyone who is interested on where we need to go with our drug policies, only needs to read this book. It should be required reading for policy makers.
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