Chasing The Scream: The First And Last Days Of The War On Drugs by Johann HariChasing The Scream: The First And Last Days Of The War On Drugs by Johann Hari

Chasing The Scream: The First And Last Days Of The War On Drugs

byJohann Hari

Hardcover | January 20, 2015

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It is now one hundred years since drugs were first banned in the United States. On the eve of this centenary, journalist Johann Hari set off on an epic three-year, thirty-thousand-mile journey into the war on drugs. What he found is that more and more people all over the world have begun to recognize three startling truths: Drugs are not what we think they are. Addiction is not what we think it is. And the drug war has very different motives to the ones we have seen on our TV screens for so long.

In Chasing the Scream, Hari reveals his discoveries entirely through the stories of people across the world whose lives have been transformed by this war. They range from a transsexual crack dealer in Brooklyn searching for her mother, to a teenage hit-man in Mexico searching for a way out. It begins with Hari's discovery that at the birth of the drug war, Billie Holiday was stalked and killed by the man who launched this crusade--and it ends with the story of a brave doctor who has led his country to decriminalize every drug, from cannabis to crack, with remarkable results.

Chasing the Scream lays bare what we really have been chasing in our century of drug war--in our hunger for drugs, and in our attempt to destroy them. This book will challenge and change how you think about one of the most controversial--and consequential--questions of our time.

Johann Hari was a columnist for the Independent in London for nine years and was twice named Newspaper Journalist of the Year by Amnesty International UK. He has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, Le Monde, Slate, the New Republic, and the Nation, among others. He has also been awarded the Comment Awar...
Title:Chasing The Scream: The First And Last Days Of The War On DrugsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.49 × 6.54 × 1.43 inPublished:January 20, 2015Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Informative This book gives you a view on the war on drugs that the mass media and social culture of our time doesn't. If you're view on drugs is that they are gateways to criminal behaviour and addiction or that all addicts and users are scum please read this book. There's so much wrong with our view on drugs and addiction and this is a read in the right direction.
Date published: 2017-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insightful Intense and gripping, this gave me a new perspective into the world of drugs.
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read Extremely well researched and presents a view that is completely contrary to the propaganda the u.s. Spews out. With open minds maybe drug policies and laws will one day be reformed to help people rather than persecute them.
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding This book gives insight and hope in to the way our culture treats addicts. Amazing book.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books I have ever read One of the best books on drug policy (international and locally in Vancouver!) I have ever read, also references other known Vancouverites such as Bruce Alexander (rat park experiments) and Dr. Gabor Mate. The narrative style draws the read in, while the facts appear to be very well-researched. Gives me hope that there are places in the world where drug policies are different and how this has really positively impacted entire countries and communities!
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome, inspiring Well written and careful analysis of all the facts. I loved the reconstruction of the life of the main characters, their personalities reflect the human feelings that are at the very core of the whole story.
Date published: 2015-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thought Provoking As a former police officer (as well as the daughter & spouse of a police officer) I never questioned the war on drugs & the good it was striving for. This book has me rethinking if we've really done the right thing the past 70 years. Maybe it's time to try a new approach - maybe something that may actually work for the benefit of all members of society
Date published: 2015-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read! I learned a lot of things about the drug war that I had never even heard before. It was an interesting perspective and it's given me a lot to think about and decide how I feel about it. Almost all of his research and information about addiction and it's causes was new information as well. I'll be doing some research of my own to see what I can find independently. A well written and thought provoking book. I've already recommended it to others, and will continue to do so.
Date published: 2015-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Story Retold Hari has written the revisionist history of a propaganda war that the good guys lost, overpowered by manipulation and suppression of the truth. Chasing The Dream is as exciting to read as Keroac's On The Road, and as disturbing as Ginsberg's Howl. The light of hope and compassion shines through. It is not too late to change our views on addiction.
Date published: 2015-01-27

Editorial Reviews

"A wonderful book . . . I hope everyone will read it." - Sam Harris"Wonderful. I couldn't put it down." - Noam Chomsky"An absolutely stunning book. It will blow people away." - Elton John"Superb journalism and thrilling story-telling." - Naomi Klein"One of the world's most important and most enlightening thinkers and social critics." - Glenn Greenwald, winner of the Pulitzer Prize"A terrific book." - Bill Maher"Incredibly insightful and provocative." - B.J. Novak, writer for THE OFFICE"Amazing and bracing and smart. It's really revolutionary." - Dan Savage