This account of the meth epidemic in rural America is well-written and provocative. The author does not simply focus on meth and its ravages. He places the epidemic in the larger context of globalization, immigration policy, the power of the drug lobby, and changes in American agriculture that have decimated family farms and rural communities. For anyone who grew up in the midwest and who has seen the gradual decline of small towns and the increase in rural poverty, this will be a compelling read. For students of politics and economic history, the book is a must-read because of the breadth of the analysis and the prediction that what is true in Olwein, Iowa today may be true of Scarsdale, NY in a matter of years.
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