High Price

High Price

A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society

Book - 2013
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"As a youth, Carl Hart didn't realize the value of school; he studied just enough to stay on the basketball team. At the same time, he was immersed in street life. Today he is a cutting-edge neuroscientist--Columbia University's first tenured African American professor in the sciences--whose landmark, controversial research is redefining our understanding of addiction. In this provocative and eye-opening memoir, he recalls his journey of self-discovery and weaves his past and present. Hart goes beyond the hype of the antidrug movement as he examines the relationship among drugs, pleasure, choice, and motivation, both in the brain and in society. His findings shed new light on common ideas about race, poverty, and drugs, and explain why current policies are failing. Though Hart escaped neighborhoods that were dominated by entrenched poverty and the knot of problems associated with it, he has not turned his back on his roots. Determined to make a difference, he tirelessly applies his scientific research to help save real lives. But balancing his former street life with his achievements today has not been easy--a struggle he reflects on publicly for the first time. A powerful story of hope and change, of a scientist who has dedicated his life to helping others, High Price will alter the way we think about poverty, race, and addiction--and how we can effect change."--Dust jacket.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780062015884
Branch Call Number: 362.298 Har
Characteristics: xii, 340 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


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Dec 09, 2014

Dr. Hart gives good information about drugs. Another good book: "From Chocolate to Morphine," by Andrew Weil, M.D., and Winifred Rosen.

kjdeer Apr 25, 2014

3/4 autobiography, 1/4 science, this book is reminiscent of Sotomayor's 'My Beloved World' in that the author is also a person of color who managed, through very hard work, but primarily through extraordinary good luck, an escape from a childhood environment that virtually guarantees lifelong poverty. He makes a powerful case for revising current drug laws. But, to me, the main point is that we, as a nation, need to stop criminalizing skin color and find a way to give purpose to young men of color. This is not the most engrossing book, but the messages are vital to the well-being of our country.

Mark_Daly Mar 08, 2014

This book is a nice complement to David Sheff's CLEAN (published the same year), which showed how drug abuse often arises from undiagnosed mental illness. HIGH PRICE explores the social causes of addiction. Drawing vivid examples from his his own rough childood, Hart argues that a lack of social supports -- strong families, good education, secure employment -- is what leaves some users (especially poor ones) vulnerable to the lure of drugs. Both authors call for kinder, more evidence-based approaches to curbing use. HIGH PRICE mixes science and autobiography, but does so awkwardly, with a clinical approach that resembles a classroom lecture more than a memoir.

Jan 06, 2014

Amy Goodman just interviewed this guy 1/6/14. Great interview.


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