Very informative! My neighborhood has been overtaken by meth users. Listening to this has helped me make sense of what is happening around me. I can now identify the users, the dealers and the national network people. Wanting to listen to this a second time!
I had a good friend who had a very bad reaction to methamphetamine diet pills prescribed for her by her doctor in the late 60s and everyone thought she had a nervous breakdown, while she kept telling us it was the diet pills. It wasn't until she found a newspaper article some years later about meth that anyone thought she might have been on to something. At any rate, she was never the same person, and this book brings that change in brain chemistry to the forefront.
I remember a lot of facts from the 60s and 70s of the government's involvement in regulating meth but listening to this book really put it all together for me! Every "Ah-hah!" moment led to another and I couldn't leave the book alone until it was finished.
I think this book should be required reading because not only does it make a good case about the possible role of meth in everyday lives, but it also opens our eyes to the extent of the hold of addictive substances.
This book gives you a new insight into the world of Meth. We always hear about it on the news and read about in the paper, but how it affected one town is truly eye opening. I would start with this book that Nick Reding so thoughtfully wrote and parlay into, 'Beautiful Boy'....it will all seem full circle.
I could not stop talking about this book. It is one of the best listens I have found. The author combines personal stories and hard facts in a way that keeps the book from being dry or weepy. Wonderful!
I really really liked this this guy tackled this topic. I learned so much all the while feeling as if he truly cared about his subjects. Perhaps because he was telling a story so close to where he grew up? Informative yet reverent!
Solid reporting, good storytelling, wide lens to this narrative. It's really a contemporary history of Middle American working class: blue collar without a reason to get dressed for work. Excellent on the larger forces in play, why the American myth is psychological rather than sociological, meaning, whatever happens, we see only personal responsibility.
Usually listening to fantasy, I took a chance while this was on sale. Very happy with this purchase. Some parts were compelling and while I do not live in a meth land soaked area. It is good to get an under standing why I have to provide my license to purchase some over the counter drugs.
Also provides some insight to drug policy and what to expect from the every changing drug war. But I felt some topics were rushed, could have used more details on how conversations went.
I would love to give them another chance but I must say, I did not enjoy this at all. It sounded like a documentary. I couldn't connect to any of the characters in any way. Very disappointing....
Well now I know my feelings about documentaries..I don't like them.
The narrator was very dry and boring...
I am from a small town and have heard that things like this are going on there now. I can't even imagine. This book was well written and well read and I recommend it for anyone who grew up in Smalltown, USA.