High Price

    • 3.5 • 10 Ratings
    • $19.99

    • $19.99

Publisher Description

A pioneering neuroscientist shares his story of growing up in one of Miami's toughest neighborhoods and how it led him to his groundbreaking work in drug addiction.

As a youth, Carl Hart didn't realize the value of school; he studied just enough to stay on the basketball team. At the same time, he was immersed in street life. 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, he recalls his journey of self-discovery and weaves his past and present. Hart goes beyond the hype of the antidrug movement as he examines the relationship among drugs, 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.

Though Hart escaped neighborhoods that were dominated by entrenched poverty and the knot of problems associated with it, he has not turned his back on his roots. Determined to make a difference, he tirelessly applies his scientific research to help save real lives. But balancing his former street life with his achievements today has not been easy—a struggle he reflects on publicly for the first time.

A powerful story of hope and change, of a scientist who has dedicated his life to helping others, High Price will alter the way we think about poverty, race, and addiction—and how we can effect change.

Biographies & Memoirs
J.D. Jackson
hr min
December 17

Customer Reviews

Sixfeetofpow ,

An interesting look at the trials and tribulations of a black man growing up in America

Dr. Hart offers a firsthand telling of the evolution of drug policy and societal views on drugs over the last 30 years. His personal experience growing up in Miami and witnessing the obstacles put in the way of black individuals in low income neighborhoods offers a uniquely intimate view of what millions of African Americans are going through and have gone through for generations in the US. Those looking for a more technical piece, delving deeper into his academic work or perhaps seeking his book out after listening to him speak on the Joe Rogan Podcast, may be upset to find out that this reads more like an autobiography. While still a worthy read if you have any interest in drug policy and reform, it is deeply personal.

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