The Night of the Gun: A Reporter Investigates the Darkest Story of His Life. His Own.

The Night of the Gun: A Reporter Investigates the Darkest Story of His Life. His Own.

by David Carr
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The Night of the Gun: A Reporter Investigates the Darkest Story of His Life. His Own. by David Carr

From David Carr (1956–2015), the “undeniably brilliant and dogged journalist” (Entertainment Weekly) and author of the instant New York Times bestseller that the Chicago Sun-Times called “a compelling tale of drug abuse, despair, and, finally, hope.”

Do we remember only the stories we can live with? The ones that make us look good in the rearview mirror? In The Night of the Gun, David Carr redefines memoir with the revelatory story of his years as an addict and chronicles his journey from crack-house regular to regular columnist for The New York Times. Built on sixty videotaped interviews, legal and medical records, and three years of reporting, The Night of the Gun is a ferocious tale that uses the tools of journalism to fact-check the past. Carr’s investigation of his own history reveals that his odyssey through addiction, recovery, cancer, and life as a single parent was far more harrowing—and, in the end, more miraculous—than he allowed himself to remember.

Fierce, gritty, and remarkable, The Night of the Gun is “an odyssey you’ll find hard to forget” (People).

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ISBN-13: 9781416541530
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 06/02/2009
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 284,348
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

David Carr was a reporter and the “Media Equation” columnist for The New York Times. Previously, he wrote for the Atlantic Monthly and New York magazine and was editor of the Twin Cities Reader in Minneapolis. The author of the acclaimed memoir, The Night of the Gun, he passed away in February 2015.

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SherMax More than 1 year ago
David Carr's book offers great insight into a life that went terribly wrong, yet somehow turned out right. He acknowledges that he made a multitude of mistakes and didn't fully remember most of them. Going back to the people in his past and attaining their insight into his life must have been so cathartic for him. I didn't find that he wallowed in self-absorption. I believe his goal was to provide a lesson in what can happen if you have no self-constraint and no will to do the right thing on a daily basis. He came very close to self-destruction, teetering on the brink most of the time. Luckily, his amazing talent and his daughters saved him from a life on skid row. This book is well worth reading as a cautionary tale and, in the end, an ultimate testament to the power of self-determination.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an incredible story which was incredibly well written. An honest self portrait with the aand all
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Night of the Gun The Night of the Gun an investigative book reporting on the authors own life story is an enthrawling story and triumphant return of a recovering and relapsing addict. David Carr the author of Night of the Gun provides a great perspective into the life of a drug addict. I saw that drug addicts can live normal lives. They snort some cocaine or whatever drug they’re into and mostly stay up all night, go to work and live a normal life with minimal sleep. The only difference between David Carr and other drug addicts is that he works for the New York Times as an investigatvie reporter. David Carr has a very unique writing style and is a page turner throughout the book. The Night of the Gun was amazing, I don’t read books very often and this book was one exception where I read all the way through. David Carr captured my imagination with his silly antics and imaginative creativity. His years as a reporter really show throughout the book, everything was short sweet and to the point. I could see David Carr as a young reporter reshaping the ball of cocaine his friend brought. Many stories gained my full attentivness I was warped into his book. All the suspense and drama was comical in a way. His comedic stand point in the book is like Nick Swardson and his stand up, you could never understand why its funny it just is. On the other side of the realm of enjoyment is anyone who hates a summary of multiple story lines never converging to a single point will hate this book. The book was just a bunch of stories of his heavy addiction problems and junky jokes. This book also contains multiple pictures of David Carr when he was much younger which would be a ending note to someone wanting to read the book. The only great and inspiring piece was his triumphant return and his detox from hard drugs to take care of his twins. Anyone who enjoys stories and funny cases of mistaken highs would love the story. David Carr does a magnificient job of throwing you into a place of discomfort and making it feel ok. This book is definetly for the person who has an active imagination and can visualize every action that is described. It throws you for a curve ball that look like its impossible to hit but David Carr hit it spot on. I could never imagine someone who wouldn’t enjoy this book. David Carr doesn’t have any other books accept Soccer and The Night of the Gun. Yet if you want to read more of his work you should find some of his New York Times articles. He has triumphed through his addiction and has became a great father. David Carr is strong bold and whitty. The Night of the Gun is amazing and anyone who appreciates great writing should rate this a 10/10.
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Noticer More than 1 year ago
This book really shows the problems with drugs which is comparable to alcohol. Also shows if you don't stay away from them at any point you can fall back and start using again which will destroy your life as well as your children and spouse. Can't understand the need to even start but guess life is just too boring for some so they seek a thrill.
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L.A.Carlson-writer More than 1 year ago
The Night of the Gun takes the reader on a bumpy road into the life of
a notorious junkie, father, excellent writer and a man who loves the chase of a good relationship with women but can't seem to make it last.
I'm always facinated by references to Minnesota and there are plenty here.
I now understand better what rules an addiction and the difference between
crack and coke. The most touching areas of the book are when he speaks of his kids, his sister and mom who are deceased. But perhaps my
favorite part is on page 334, when Carr talks about memory, fiction and
remembering..indeed something to think about it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To be completly honest I have read alot of recovery books or books about addiction an I have never been so bored with a book. My thing with reading is even if its not the best book I will read it through but I couldnt even get through this book. I was so completely bored I stopped reading it half way through.