Chasing the Scream

Chasing the Scream

By Johann Hari

  • Release Date: 2015-01-20
  • Genre: Social Science
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Description

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.

Reviews

  • Amazingly Thought Provoking

    5
    By lefty guitar
    If reading this book doesn't open your eyes and change your view of drug use, I will be shocked. I can't even yet comprehend how much I learned. And I have been an advocate of legalization for quite some time. One of my favorite authors in childhood was William F Buckley, Jr. As a conservative, he was for drug legalization as far back as the 1970's. In 1981, as a graduate student at The University Of Pennsylvania, I wrote a paper for the final of an elective class at the Wharton School (I was at The School Of Social Work and this was an elective class). The paper outlined my plan to set aside regions in the U. S. where people could live a life style allowing them to legally use drugs. It was their lifestyle choice. The professor called me into his office and told me that this smacked of Hitler to him. I asked if he was offended as well by Indian Reservations. He gave me a "B" and dismissed me from his office. Clearly the time has come to change our thinking. The idea isn't new. But it is written so well that the argument becomes quite compelling. This book should be mandatory reading for all in clinical training. Much admiration to Mr. Hari. THANK YOU!
  • Another must read in regards to the failed war on drugs...

    5
    By yoda454
    this a comprehensive history on the war on drugs. it covers how the so called war on drugs started in the US and how it was forced on others countries. it explores all sides of this effort, why its failed, and why a prudent approach is critical. people will always seek altered states of consciousness; it's human nature just like eating, sex and using the restroom. the challenge is what's the best way to regulate it. prohibition has clearly not worked and never will. this book lays out the challenges and the contradictions... clearly, a paradigm shift is in the making. we ca no longer in prison people folks for conscious decisions to get high via alcohol or some other substance. some could argue that the war on drugs was the neo-Jim crow laws of the last part of the twentieth century and it has spilled over into the 21st century. read it for yourself and make your own decisions. but clearly a changed is needed and going to come. I encourage you to also read "Weed the People." Both provide a comprehensive perspective that can no longer be ignored. the war on drugs had and I'd ruining the live of millions of young men and women around the world. it must be stopped.
  • Comprehensive & Compelling

    5
    By 💨👌
    As a fan of Billie Holliday, I wanted to read this book to hear another view regarding her life and death. HUGE surprise as this book presented an entirely new view of addiction and our War On Drugs.
  • Let's End This Crazy War!

    5
    By killersfan01
    This book was so well-written and so powerful in its message that it was difficult to put down and even sad to finish it. I wanted to scream, myself, at how misguided we have been in our war on drugs these past 100 years. Mr. Hari attacks the arguments against decriminalization and legalization of drugs at every turn, and he does so with charm, eloquence, sound-reasoning, and above all, from the human perspective showing the lives of so many that have been negatively impacted and continue to be from this war. It is rare for me to rate a book 5 stars. I wish everyone, worldwide, but especially in the United States, would read this book. Its prescription could literally change the world. Compassion is the key and while I am the bleeding-heart liberal type, I do not think it is too Polly Annie-ish of me to believe, in the western world at least, people are becoming more compassionate and realizing addiction is a sickness and we should treat it as such, not locking people away and throwing away the key.
  • Read the book

    5
    By emaildje
    This book is terrific! I recommended this to friends of mine already and I just finished reading it yesterday.

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