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Chasing the Scream : The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Drugs are not what we think they are. Addiction is not what we think it is. And the war on drugs is not what we see on our TV screens. In Chasing the Scream, Johann Hari shares his discoveries through the riveting true stories he uncovered on a 30,000-mile journey - from the founder of the war on drugs who stalked and killed Billie Holiday, to a transgender crack dealer in Brooklyn, to the only country that has ever decriminalised all drugs, with remarkable results. You will never look at addiction - or our society - in the same way again.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 32mm | 277g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1408857820
  • 9781408857823
  • 1,077

About Johann Hari

Johann Hari is a British journalist who has written for the New York Times, the LA Times, the Guardian, Le Monde, Slate, the New Republic and The Nation amongst others. He was a columnist on the Independent for nine years and was twice named Newspaper Journalist of the Year by Amnesty International UK. He has also been named Cultural Commentator of the Year by the Editorial Intelligence awards and Gay Journalist of the Year by Stonewall. He lives in London. @johannhari101show more

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Wonderful. I couldn't put it down * Noam Chomsky * Chasing the Scream is a remarkable book. It is moving and articulate and impossible to put down. Read it and demand our politicians take note * Evening Standard * Excellent ... Hari affirms the role he has already established for himself: a crucial voice in, as well as commentator on, the urgent cause of not merely "reforming" the way society deals with the drugs crisis but tearing it up completely * Observer * Intoxicatingly thrilling ... It will change the drug debate forever * Russell Brand * Superb journalism and thrilling story-telling * Naomi Klein * An absolutely stunning book. It will blow your mind, and blow you away * Elton John * This book is, forgive the obvious phrase, screamingly addictive. The story it tells, jaw-droppingly horrific, hilarious and incredible, is one everyone should know: that is all true boggles the mind fascinated and infuriates by equal measure. Johann Hari, in brilliant prose, exposes one of the greatest and most harmful scandals of the past hundred years * Stephen Fry * Johann Hari's book is the perfect antidote to the war on drugs, one of the most under-discussed moral injustices of our time. It combines rigorous research and deeply human story-telling. It will prompt an urgently-needed debate * Glenn Greenwald * Hari has conducted a mass of diligently pursued research for this book, talking to seemingly everybody from poor Mexicans who have lost loved ones amid the psychotic violence of gang warfare to the recently retired president of Uruguay, Jose Mujica ... When the arguments are put, they are powerful and meticulously considered -- Stuart Walton * Review * This book is a powerful contribution to an urgent debate * Guardian * A passionate work of journalism ... His study of modern addiction is frightening * Evening Standard * Important and thought provoking * Sunday Herald, Book of the Year 2015 *show more

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Wonderful. I couldn't put it down Noam Chomskyshow more

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