New York, NY, United States | Member Since 2009
It was hard to follow in the beginning, but once I got into it, I enjoyed it and I'm glad I read the whole thing.
I saw the movie in my head. It would be amazing to have the sensitivity of Ang Lee and crazy, intense, insanity of Quentin Tarrantino collaborate. (But maybe that's just me.)
It was fun to read and it perked up my interest for history of that era (of which I'm shamefully ignorant.) The more you read, the more you realize how many wonderful books, & subjects there are to read about.
I recommend this to everyone. We all have opinions but unfortunately they're often based on misunderstandings or misinformation. This book is a revelation and values science & evidence based approach while taking into account a 'context' and framing of issues surrounding 'drugs' and the 'war on drugs'. Lots of food for thought here. Plus the narrator is excellent. His voice is so compelling, I bothered to look him us to eventually listen to other books he's narrated.
Learning the discrepancy and unjust sentencing that occurs with crack vs cocaine given there's no chemical difference in addictive potential of both substances. But of course, who does it affect most? This book was a wake up call for me to another kind of injustice we often forget.
Dr. Carl Hart's story is honest and revealing. I wish policy makers were open minded to take the issues raised here seriously into account.
It wasn't that kind of book so much for me, but I found some of the scenes compelling, where you realize just how crazy situations can get sometimes, and how being at the wrong place at the wrong time can be horribly life-altering. Other parts made me wish I had such mentors as he had.
This is an important book that many of us who pretend or think we know anything about drugs, policy, or addiction should read. Get the low-down from a scientist who comes from a background with a particularly clear perspective to shed light on the nuances of this country's so called "war on drugs".
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