The Night of the Gun

The Night of the Gun

A Reporter Investigates the Darkest Story of His Life, His Own

Book - 2008
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From David Carr (1956-2015), the "undeniably brilliant and dogged journalist" ( Entertainment Weekly ) and author of the instant New York Times bestseller that the Chicago Sun-Times called "a compelling tale of drug abuse, despair, and, finally, hope."

Do we remember only the stories we can live with? The ones that make us look good in the rearview mirror? In The Night of the Gun , David Carr redefines memoir with the revelatory story of his years as an addict and chronicles his journey from crack-house regular to regular columnist for The New York Times . Built on sixty videotaped interviews, legal and medical records, and three years of reporting, The Night of the Gun is a ferocious tale that uses the tools of journalism to fact-check the past. Carr's investigation of his own history reveals that his odyssey through addiction, recovery, cancer, and life as a single parent was far more harrowing--and, in the end, more miraculous--than he allowed himself to remember.

Fierce, gritty, and remarkable, The Night of the Gun is "an odyssey you'll find hard to forget" ( People ).
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2008.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781416541530
Branch Call Number: 616.86 CARR D
Characteristics: vii, 389 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.


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Mar 21, 2016

I read this for book club - I would never have picked an addiction memoir to read for fun.

It was sad and depressing.

Dec 15, 2015

Did not finish this self-absorbed and boring account of life as an addict. Does he want a medal for having abused those close to him?

May 08, 2015

He did not die in a car accident. From Wikipedia, "He died on February 12, 2015, after collapsing in the The New York Times newsroom.[2][22][23] He had been diagnosed with pneumonia, and died of complications from metastatic lung cancer (metastatic small cell neuroendocrine carcinoma). He was transported to St. Luke's–Roosevelt Hospital, where he later died.[24][25] The autopsy showed heart disease was a contributing cause of his ."

Mar 28, 2015

An honest account of David Carrs' journey into and out of addiction(several times). He is brutally honest as practioners of AA typically are. Between that journey, his battle with cancer, his love for and caretaking of his twin daughters and his career ups and downs it is a pageturner.
So sad that after winning all these battles he died in a car accident.
Highly recommend. karen

Oct 17, 2013

I read this book recently, after listening to an interview with the author on a CBC program. In the interview he impressed me as someone who decided to learn the truth and then to tell all of it, in all its ugliness, without softening and omitting the most painful facts. I loved the book. It is easy to read because it cuts to the chase, but it is not an easy reading for anybody who is or was addicted. It probably will be especially painful to read for people whose loved ones were or are afflicted with this horrible, pretty much fatal disease (count me here). Addiction is a tragedy not only for the addicted person but also for everybody around him/her. When the addiction takes over, the person refuses to accept help, and that hurts the people who desperately try to provide it. I recommend this book because it describes in every detail what happens mentally to an addicted person. It is not "yesterday I was an addict but today I'm clean and sober" simplified presentation, life is much more complicated than that.


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JenaMurphy Jul 21, 2014

I faking it then, or am I faking it now? Which, you might ask, of my two selves did I make up?

JenaMurphy Jul 21, 2014



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