High Price by Carl Hart
A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society

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Through the details of his lab experiments with drug users, knitted with his personal first-hand experiences, Hart adds his voice to the argument for an end to the punitive war on drugs and a move towards policies based on hard evidence and human rights rather than sensationalism and irrational fear. It is a brave move forward for the debate.
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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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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. Hart is a member of the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse and on the board of directors of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence. A native of Miami, Florida, Dr. Hart received his B.S. in psychology at the University of Maryland, and received his M.S. and Ph.D. in experimental psychology and neuroscience at the University of Wyoming. He lives in New York City.
 
Published June 11, 2013 by Harper. 356 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Professional & Technical, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Rachel Seiffert on Aug 03 2013

Through the details of his lab experiments with drug users, knitted with his personal first-hand experiences, Hart adds his voice to the argument for an end to the punitive war on drugs and a move towards policies based on hard evidence and human rights rather than sensationalism and irrational fear. It is a brave move forward for the debate.

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Excellent
on Apr 08 2013

An eye-opening, absorbing, complex story of scientific achievement in the face of overwhelming odds.

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