Chasing the Scream The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

Author(s): Johann Hari

Non-fiction

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERTHE SUBJECT OF THE VIRAL TED TALKWhat if everything you think you know about addiction is wrong? One of Johann Hari's earliest memories is of trying to wake up one of his relatives and not be able to. As he grew older, he realized he had addiction in his family. Confused, unable to know what to do, he set out on a three-year, 30,000-mile journey to discover what really causes addiction - and what really solves it. He uncovered a range of remarkable human stories - of how the war on drugs began with Billie Holiday, the great jazz singer, being stalked and killed by a racist policeman; of the scientist who discovered the surprising key to addiction; of how Britain had an extraordinary experiment with legalizing drugs that was snuffed out; and of the countries that moved beyond the war on drugs - with extraordinary results.His discoveries led him to give a TED talk and animation which have now been viewed more than 25 million times. This is the story of a life-changing journey that showed the world the opposite of addiction is connection.


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Wonderful. I couldn't put it down --Noam Chomsky

Chasing the Scream is a remarkable book. It is moving and articulate and impossible to put down. Read it and demand our politicians take note--Evening Standard

Excellent ... Hari affirms the role he has already established for himself: a crucial voice in, as well as commentator on, the urgent cause of not merely "reforming" the way society deals with the drugs crisis but tearing it up completely --Observer

Intoxicatingly thrilling ... It will change the drug debate forever --Russell Brand

Superb journalism and thrilling story-telling --Naomi Klein

An absolutely stunning book. It will blow your mind, and blow you away --Elton John

This book is, forgive the obvious phrase, screamingly addictive. The story it tells, jaw-droppingly horrific, hilarious and incredible, is one everyone should know: that is all true boggles the mind fascinated and infuriates by equal measure. Johann Hari, in brilliant prose, exposes one of the greatest and most harmful scandals of the past hundred years Stephen Fry Johann Hari's book is the perfect antidote to the war on drugs, one of the most under-discussed moral injustices of our time. It combines rigorous research and deeply human story-telling. It will prompt an urgently-needed debate --Glenn Greenwald

Hari has conducted a mass of diligently pursued research for this book, talking to seemingly everybody from poor Mexicans who have lost loved ones amid the psychotic violence of gang warfare to the recently retired president of Uruguay, Jose Mujica ... When the arguments are put, they are powerful and meticulously considered -- Stuart Walton Review

Johann Hari is a British journalist who has written for the New York Times, the LA Times, the Guardian, Le Monde, Slate, the New Republic and The Nation amongst others. He was a columnist on the Independent for nine years and was twice named Newspaper Journalist of the Year by Amnesty International UK. He has also been named Cultural Commentator of the Year by the Editorial Intelligence awards and Gay Journalist of the Year by Stonewall. He lives in London. www.johannhari.com @johannhari101

General Fields

  • : 9781408857823
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Paperbacks
  • : January 2016
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : February 2016
  • : books

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  • : Paperback
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