High Price

High Price

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

eBook - 2013
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High Price is the harrowing and inspiring memoir of neuroscientist Carl Hart, a man who grew up in one of Miami's toughest neighborhoods and, determined to make a difference as an adult, tirelessly applies his scientific training to help save real lives.

Young Carl didn't see the value of school, studying just enough to keep him on the basketball team. 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, Dr. Carl Hart recalls his journey of self-discovery, how he escaped a life of crime and drugs and avoided becoming one of the crack addicts he now studies. Interweaving past and present, Hart goes beyond the hype as he examines the relationship between drugs and 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.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2013.
ISBN: 9780062198938
Characteristics: 1 online resource.


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Jan 31, 2021

Strongly endorse kjdeer's review. This book is now seven years old, and apparently Dr. Hart has continued his research, further debunking mainstream understanding of illegal drug usage.
The autobiographical parts of the book are, of course, not scientific "proofs" of anything. But Dr. Hart makes a convincing argument that it is not necessarily the illegal drugs themselves that are the problem, but that the problem lies within the society in which they are consumed.

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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