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High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society (Anglais) Relié – Séquence inédite, 11 juin 2013

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“It’s a fascinating combination of memoir and social science: wrenching scenes of deprivation and violence accompanied by calm analysis of historical data and laboratory results.” (John Tierney, New York Times)

“Moving and inspiring…. Hart’s memoir… is deeply honest and often painful. And his account of the ways in which scientific evidence has been ignored in the war on drugs is as alarming as it is fascinating.” (Boston Globe)

“Hart’s account of rising from the projects to the ivory tower is as poignant as his call to change the way society thinks about race, drugs and poverty.” (Scientific American)

“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))

“A refreshing new analysis of drug use that reveals how common misconceptions about illegal drugs are far too often not based on empirical evidence. . . . . [A] thought-provoking…[and] important work on substance abuse.” (Library Journal (starred review))

“Combining memoir, popular science, and public policy, Hart’s study lambasts current drug laws as draconian and repressive…. His is a provocative clarion call for students of sociology and policy-makers alike.” (Publishers Weekly)

“It’s not every day you read a book that blows the lid off everything you’ve ever been taught about drugs, but Dr. Carl Hart’s recent work…does just that. Part memoir, part myth-buster…a fast-paced read.” (Huffington Post)

“Perhaps nowhere has a voice been more resonant in a single place than in Dr. Carl Hart’s profoundly impacting new memoir, High Price.” (Ebony.com)

“In his new book High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society, Carl Hart blowsapart the most common myths about drugs and their impact on society.” (Kristen Gwynne, Salon.com)

“Hart’s autobiography weaves personal memoir, Drug Science 101, and enlightened discussions of American racial politics into one engaging narrative.” (Gabriel Grand, PolicyMic.com)

“This mixing of personal story and hard research is interesting and appealing, in part because Hart isn’t preachy and partly due to his unique history as someone who actually lived that which he’s trying to help others avoid.” (New Pittsburgh Courier)

“A seminal contribution to the conversation about the intersection of the legal system and drug addiction from a bodacious brother with both street credibility and academic credentials.” (LA Sentinel)

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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.

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  • Relié: 352 pages
  • Editeur : Harper (11 juin 2013)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0062015885
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062015884
  • Dimensions du produit: 15,2 x 2,9 x 22,9 cm
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Remarquable ! L'autobiographie d'un enfant noir et pauvre, né dans un quartier noir et pauvre de Miami, dans les années 60, d'un punch incroyable … et il a eu le bonheur de rencontrer, à toutes les époques de sa vie, des gens qui l'ont aidé et mis sur les bons rails, malgré le racisme rampant : au départ, il était invraisemblable qu'il termine professeur de Neurosciences à la très prestigieuse Université de Columbia.

Le crack et la cocaïne sont ses sujets d'étude, et il démonte petit à petit toutes les certitudes que nous avions sur leurs effets, l'addiction, et les politiques (responsables) à mener les concernant.
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Par Rudolf Muller le 2 décembre 2013
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Ce livre nous fait repenser nos préjugés, surtout en ce qui concerne les différentes formes de stimulants ! le lien entre les drogues de rue et les circonstances sociales / économiques devient très claire. Naturellement ces descriptions sont surtout pertinetnes pour l'amérique du nord.
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Nuanced Book about the Intersection of Drugs and Environment 17 juin 2013
Par Betsy J Sparrow - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Disclaimer: I know Dr. Hart and had heard some of his story and have been exposed to his research before reading this book. That said, I started reading when it hit my Kindle and didn't put it down until I finished (for those fellow e-readers, like myself, I noticed no formatting issues as you sometimes see with kindle books). I found Dr. Hart's book to be utterly compelling and a magnificent achievement of the sort I have never read before in a "pop" psychology book. He manages to both make the neuroscience easily understandable, and uses he own autobiography to help support the argument prompted by his research findings. I have never seen an academic lay himself so bare, tenure or not. In doing so, Dr. Hart underscores his argument that drugs are not the primary problem in poor and/or minority communities. It is lack of many things: opportunity, personal decision making, family support, luck. Drugs are an issue, but this is due to the interaction of drugs with the above factors for most people (addiction is a different story, and Hart addresses that). The discussion of the similar depiction (by researchers, the government, and the media) of various drugs over the years as being instantly addictive and creating a culture of violence due to the nature of the drug's chemistry (whether it be cocaine, crack, or meth) was very powerful. Dr. Hart believed this himself until his research showed him that people were not mindless, poor decision makers only out for the next high. Using the lens provided by his research findings, he saw his own past and the pasts of the people he knew growing up in a different light. Dr. Hart's argument is very nuanced and makes it clear that the war on drugs is not only untenable from a "success" perspective, it is also disproportionately damaging to people from disadvantaged populations. This war and the subsequent criminalization of people takes even more opportunity for the future away.

I see the reviews of this book are polarized. People either love it or hate it. What that should tell potential readers, even if they want to dismiss every word of this review, is that this is not a book to be missed. The last thing you will be is bored. But read it carefully. I saw no glorifying of drugs, nor the rantings of a drug advocate. Rather, Dr. Hart suggests that being pro/anti drugs outside of the situational context is too simple a mindset.
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Par Tamika Franklin - Publié sur Amazon.com
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STOP! If you are seeking a dry technical textbook then High Price by Dr. Carl Hart is not for you.

High Price is an intensely personal page turner that forces the reader to challenge everything we believe we know about drugs such as: what is addiction, what kind of family structure is more likely to produce addicts, why do people get high, why are poor black people overpopulating prisons, and what can we do about it.

I believe Dr. Hart wants to affect Drug Policy by educating us to think carefully and critically about illicit drugs thereby shifting our bias from personal anecdotes to empirical evidence. The Drug War & Mass Incarceration are topics I am passionate about so I read High Price in less than a day and now I follow Dr. Hart on twitter.

High Price is a memoir. It could have been written solely as a science book but I appreciate the personal approach because I saw my family in those pages and I found myself thinking about their drug use and my non drug use in ways I have never before. Prior to reading High Price I had already believed drug policy was a problem but after reading High Price I can articulate WHY drug policy is a problem. I now ask questions much harder than - what would've happened if President Obama was stopped and frisked?

The Drug war is as much about racism as it is about outrageous lies & myths surrounding illicit drug use. Dr. Hart teaches this in a memoir full of Racism, Politics, Drugs & Sex and it is so good I want all of my friends to read it.
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Too Much Memoir 12 août 2013
Par booksy - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
This was an easy to read memoir of a young African American man who grew up in poverty in the city, witnessed family and neighborhood dysfunction, violence and drug abuse, and rose above it all to become a professor and scientist. In his younger years, he believed that drugs were the cause of all of the problems in his neighborhood, but as he began studying illegal drugs and how they work on humans, he came to the realization that there are many more variables at play, and blaming just the drug is off the mark.

I really liked the information about drugs that Dr. Hart writes about, especially how his findings differed from so much of what we hear today about illegal substances. I also liked the way he tied his findings into observations about his own life and how drugs are demonized by the media and even other scientists when the facts say otherwise.

What I didn't like so much was the memoir part of the book. Although Dr. Hart's story is interesting, he has a somewhat clunky writing style, and I really struggled getting through the first third of it. I felt like he repeated himself a lot and seemed to pad the writing with extra sentences. If his editor would have tightened up the prose a little bit I would have enjoyed it a lot more.

I personally don't think that decriminalization goes far enough, and that is Dr. Hart's recommendation, but aside from that, I enjoyed all of the parts about his research and how drugs work on the body, and his analysis of the methods of some of the tests that have been done previously. His writing seemed to come alive a little bit more at these parts, and I definitely learned something new.

I would recommend this book for the drug science information, but with reservations because it can get a little wordy and drawn-out at times. I would probably read another book by this author.
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An important and incisive discussion of drugs, society, and human behavior 17 juin 2013
Par NB - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I took Dr. Hart's Drugs & Behavior course as an undergraduate at Columbia. Dr. Hart is known all over campus as an engaging, committed, and provocative professor. He's won university-wide teaching awards, and his lecture course is on the can't-miss list of courses for undergrads. In his class, Dr. Hart discusses not only the science of drug use and abuse but also the political and social aspects of drugs in American society. His lectures are smart, funny, and always entertaining. As is his book.

I was really curious to read this book. I only knew Dr. Hart as a scientist and a professor, not really as a person. The personal story that he tells in this book is somewhat shocking in places and truly brave. (It was probably a good idea that he waited to write this book until after he got tenure. This is not a stodgy academic tome. This is a fascinating and frank autobiography.)

But in telling his own story about how he went from a childhood of poverty and petty crime to becoming the first African American to be tenured in the sciences at Columbia, he manages to make a very subtle but important point about how current drug policy disproportionally targets African American men. He artfully addresses the inconsistencies, hypocrisies, and injustices of drug policy in the United States, without slipping into knee-jerk liberalism or academese.

This book has been out only a week, but it already seems to have stirred up some controversy. Certainly the intersection of drugs and race in American society inspires some complicated and contentious feelings on all sides. Dr. Hart advocates for the decriminalization of drug use, which might at first sound like a fairly radical suggestion. But perhaps what is most remarkable about this book is that Dr. Hart lays out the case for decriminalization with such a careful, intelligent, and light hand, that when you finish the book, decriminalization doesn't seem radical at all. Instead, it seems like the most reasonable and responsible option we have.

I'm still not sure what the answer is for our society; it may be that decriminalization is not feasible in our current political climate. All that is clear is that we are not winning the war on drugs. Each year, thousands upon thousands of people lose the opportunity to gain education and employment and to become productive members of society, all because they get caught in the system on some nonviolent drug possession offense. Instead of making sure that those with real substance use disorders get the treatment they need, we lock them and the casual users in jail. Dr. Hart bravely addresses this shameful reality in a cogent and even-handed way. I think that if more people on all sides read this book, it could start a more pragmatic and intelligent conversation about how we as a society handle drug use and abuse.
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Incredible Story! Mind-blowing Revelations! 17 juin 2013
Par Mark A. Tulk - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
This guy's incredible life story aside (drug dealer and DJ to professor at Columbia!), I was amazed to learn that the US's current drug scheduling laws are simply not based on sound scientific research, but the biased interpretation of sketchy data and political and media scaremongering. "High Price" is a deeply personal, autobiographical work -- don't come to it expecting a dry textbook approach to the subject (thankfully it's far from that!) -- that details a great deal of Dr Hart's childhood and adolescence and his journey towards discovering the truth behind many of society's most demonized drugs, as well as his thoughts on what causes people to use and abuse them. His claim, for example, that methamphetamine (apart from impurities) is essentially the same drug as the commonly prescribed (and over prescribed) pharmaceutical, Adderall is simply mind-blowing. You mean it's okay for "big pharma" to push Adderall on kids for ADHD, but you get locked up and have your life ruined for using or selling basically the same thing on the street?! Apparently so! WTF! Similarly, the revelation that the only difference between powered cocaine and crack cocaine is the form in which it's used and sold... the chemistry is virtually identical. Remember all the media hype surrounding the "dangerous, highly addictive new drug" crack in the late 80s and 90s?! Just buy this book and spread the word. We've all been lied to for way too long. Dr Carl Hart appears in the 2012 drug war documentary, "The House I Live In," which is also highly recommended.
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