High Price Lib/E: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know about Drugs and Society
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About the Author
Carl Hart is an associate professor in the departments of psychology and psychiatry at Columbia University. He is also a research scientist in the Division of Substance Abuse at the New York State Psychiatric Institute; a member of the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse; and on the board of directors of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence and the Drug Policy Alliance. A native of Miami, Florida, he lives in New York City.
J. D. Jackson is a theater professor, aspiring stage director, and award-winning audiobook narrator. He is a classically trained actor, and his television and film credits include roles on House, ER, Law & Order, Hack, Sherrybaby, Diary of a City Priest, and Lucky Number Slevin. He is the recipient of more than a dozen Earphones Awards for narration and an Odyssey Honor for G. Neri's Ghetto Cowboy, and he was also named one of AudioFile magazine's Best Voices of the Year for 2012 and 2013. An adjunct professor at Los Angeles Southwest College, he has an MFA in theater from Temple University.
Carl Hart is a peerless contributor to America's discourse on drug policy. He combines the rigor of a scientist with the street smarts of a former hustler. The result here is High Price, a fiercely uncompromising look at public health and an inspiring personal journey.-- "Eugene Jarecki, award-winning author and documentary filmmaker"
A hard-hitting attack on current drug policy by...a neuroscientist who grew up on the streets of one of Miami's toughest neighborhoods...An eye-opening, absorbing, complex story of scientific achievement in the face of overwhelming odds.-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"
Life stories are powerful tools in clarifying paths to success and failure and motivating people to envision and pursue their dreams. Dr. Hart shares in a deeply personal way his story of growing up in Miami and the apparently circuitous route he took to becoming a professor at an Ivy League university. In a unique and innovative approach, he recounts his child- and early adulthood as a black man growing up in America and his career as a substance-abuse research scientist in conjunction with telling the story of drug use and policy in America...High Price is highly edifying as we struggle to come to terms with our country's perceptions of drug users and positions on drug laws and policies.-- "Lula Beatty, former director, Special Populations Office, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health; and senior director, Health Disparities, American Psychological Association"