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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (11 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062015885
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062015884
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,163,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Combining memoir, popular science, and public policy, Hart's study lambasts current drug laws as draconian and repressive.... His is a provocative clarion call for students of sociology and policy-makers alike."--"Publishers Weekly"

"A refreshing new analysis of drug use that reveals how common misconceptions about illegal drugs are far too often not based on empirical evidence. . . . . [A] thought-provoking...[and] important work on substance abuse."--"Library Journal" (starred review)

"Moving and inspiring.... Hart's memoir... is deeply honest and often painful. And his account of the ways in which scientific evidence has been ignored in the war on drugs is as alarming as it is fascinating."--"Boston Globe"

"Perhaps nowhere has a voice been more resonant in a single place than in Dr. Carl Hart's profoundly impacting new memoir, "High Price"."--"Ebony.com"

"It's a fascinating combination of memoir and social science: wrenching scenes of deprivation and violence accompanied by calm analysis of historical data and laboratory results."--John Tierney, "New York Times"

"A hard-hitting attack on current drug policy by...a neuroscientist who grew up on the streets of one of Miami's toughest neighborhoods...An eye-opening, absorbing, complex story of scientific achievement in the face of overwhelming odds."--"Kirkus Reviews" (starred review)

"Hart's account of rising from the projects to the ivory tower is as poignant as his call to change the way society thinks about race, drugs and poverty."--Scientific American

"It's not every day you read a book that blows the lid off everything you've ever been taught about drugs, but Dr. Carl Hart's recent work...does just that. Part memoir, part myth-buster...a fast-paced read."--Huffington Post

"In his new book High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society, Carl Hart blowsapart the most common myths about drugs and their impact on society."--Kristen Gwynne, Salon.com

"Hart's autobiography weaves personal memoir, Drug Science 101, and enlightened discussions of American racial politics into one engaging narrative."--Gabriel Grand, PolicyMic.com

"This mixing of personal story and hard research is interesting and appealing, in part because Hart isn't preachy and partly due to his unique history as someone who actually lived that which he's trying to help others avoid."--New Pittsburgh Courier

"A seminal contribution to the conversation about the intersection of the legal system and drug addiction from a bodacious brother with both street credibility and academic credentials."--LA Sentinel

It s a fascinating combination of memoir and social science: wrenching scenes of deprivation and violence accompanied by calm analysis of historical data and laboratory results. --John Tierney, "New York Times""

Moving and inspiring . Hart s memoir is deeply honest and often painful. And his account of the ways in which scientific evidence has been ignored in the war on drugs is as alarming as it is fascinating. --"Boston Globe""

Hart s account of rising from the projects to the ivory tower is as poignant as his call to change the way society thinks about race, drugs and poverty. --Scientific American"

A hard-hitting attack on current drug policy by a neuroscientist who grew up on the streets of one of Miami s toughest neighborhoods An eye-opening, absorbing, complex story of scientific achievement in the face of overwhelming odds. --"Kirkus Reviews" (starred review)"

A refreshing new analysis of drug use that reveals how common misconceptions about illegal drugs are far too often not based on empirical evidence. . . . . [A] thought-provoking [and] important work on substance abuse. --"Library Journal" (starred review)"

Combining memoir, popular science, and public policy, Hart s study lambasts current drug laws as draconian and repressive . His is a provocative clarion call for students of sociology and policy-makers alike. --"Publishers Weekly""

It s not every day you read a book that blows the lid off everything you ve ever been taught about drugs, but Dr. Carl Hart s recent work does just that. Part memoir, part myth-buster a fast-paced read. --Huffington Post"

Perhaps nowhere has a voice been more resonant in a single place than in Dr. Carl Hart s profoundly impacting new memoir, "High Price." --"Ebony.com""

In his new book High Price: A Neuroscientist s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society, Carl Hart blowsapart the most common myths about drugs and their impact on society. --Kristen Gwynne, Salon.com"

Hart s autobiography weaves personal memoir, Drug Science 101, and enlightened discussions of American racial politics into one engaging narrative. --Gabriel Grand, PolicyMic.com"

This mixing of personal story and hard research is interesting and appealing, in part because Hart isn t preachy and partly due to his unique history as someone who actually lived that which he s trying to help others avoid. --New Pittsburgh Courier"

A seminal contribution to the conversation about the intersection of the legal system and drug addiction from a bodacious brother with both street credibility and academic credentials. --LA Sentinel"

From the Back Cover

A pioneering neuroscientist shares his story of growing up in one of Miami's toughest neighborhoods and how it led him to his groundbreaking work in drug addiction.

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."

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Carl Hart is an associate professor of psychology and psychiatry at Columbia University, known for his research in drug abuse and drug addiction. He’s a black man with dreadlocks and was the first tenured African American professor of sciences at his university (I mention his race because it’s central to the book.)

This book explores his research into addiction and drug abuse, interleaving his autobiography of being a bit of a bad lad in an impoverished black neighbourhood in Miami before joining the Air Force which was his spur to gain an education.

The autobiographical stuff is fascinating. I know some American black people, but hadn’t realised just how cancerous racism is in the USA. (I’ve visited the US 10 times but only in the sheltered environment of web development conferences.)

As I’m British, I felt simultaneously proud and shocked that Hart twice mentions how different the USA is from UK, where he spent time with a girlfriend:

"I learned a great deal from Anne and observing British attitudes.The way they viewed American ideas about race, their support for civil rights and the equality of black people in the United States, confirmed for me that such positions were normal; this was how all thoughtful people should think about these questions."

Hart’s central thesis is that drug policy is not based on science. Every so often there’s a moral panic about such-and-such drug which is “instantly addictive” and allegedly turns users into irrational zombies, but Hart cites research that only 10% of drug users become addicts, and that even addicts can make rational choices between a good, clean hit of their drug of choice and some other commodity they need.
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As an avid reader of the various topics covered in this book, drug laws, societal structure, the black community and the scientific method, this book delivered on all fronts. The themes are diffused evenly throughout with a very honest and flowing writing style.
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An enjoyable and much needed book!
Dr.Carl Hart gives a much needed fresh view on the issues surrounding drugs, told from a personal point of view it really puts what he says into perspective. I would highly recommend this book to everyone.
He also has a lot of talks on youtube which you should check out.
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I found the book quite laborious as it was the story of Dr Hart`s life rather than a review of drug use and policies from a neurological perspective. He has achieved a lot but it's not what I was hoping for.
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The truth will set you on a path to be free . However . If i knew that some one who read this book before me . Had underline in red ink under most of the pages . I would have not bought it . But I am still glad that I did . I could never sell this book on . God bless you Carl Hart .
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Would recommend this book for anyone who's interested in drug policy and society. Is there any evidence for such laws? The author disagrees.
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Great work from Professor Carl Hart! I now have a much better understanding about drug addiction. Highly recommended!
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A brilliant and important message with an amazing personal journey. Everyone should read it.
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