A riveting personal account and a thorough global history of methamphetamine abuse and addiction.
Sterling Braswell was a millionaire—palatial ranch, stock options, and money in the bank. Then he met his high school sweetheart after not seeing her for over ten years. With their love rekindled, they were married.
Life was beautiful. They had no real worries, a lovely son, and a bright future.
Then she started using meth.
The craziness of the next few years would leave Sterling almost completely broke—financially, emotionally, and spiritually—and nearly murdered.
Welcome to crazy town . . .
The Midwest Book Review: Crazy Town Is “Highly Recommended”
Meth, there is little good to say about it. “Crazy Town: Money. Marriage. Meth.” tells the story of Sterling R. Braswell and his wife. Mrs. Braswell became a user of meth, and he tells the story of her downward spiral. He also speaks on the long and dark history of the substance, including use by notorious figures and how its dangers have been known for decades. Designed as a wake up call against the substance for Americans, “Crazy Town” is a tragedy and history in one, highly recommended.
The Weekender Raves About Crazy Town!
Drugs, violence, sex and betrayal. Sound like the tagline from the newest Megan Fox movie? Maybe, but those components are also the basis for the book “Crazy Town: Money. Marriage. Meth.” by Sterling R. Braswell. Published right in our own backyard by Wilkes-Barre-based Kallisti Publishing, Inc., “Crazy Town” is the true story of a man who thought he had it all, until methamphetamine destroyed the delicate house of cards he didn’t realize he was building. In addition to being based on true events, the book is an exploration of the rise of the meth epidemic in our country, offering some very interesting insight among the twists and turns of Braswell’s tumultuous past.
In “Crazy Town,” the author provides a first-person account of his life up to the present. In short, he reconnects with and marries his childhood sweetheart, Lucille. As is often the case in relationships, Braswell is too busy seeing life through his rose-colored glasses to notice all of the glaring red flags in their relationship. Not to mention the fact that his ranch hand Clyde is operating a meth lab right on his property. Eventually, though, the author is forced to face the bitter reality that Lucille is an addict, and with her addiction comes all of the baggage associated with substance abuse. What follows is a devastatingly depressing account of the dissolution of Braswell’s marriage and his personal battle with his feelings for Lucille, as well as some rocky years spent in divorce court.
At first, the way the book is organized seems to take away from the personal narrative Braswell is trying to give the reader. The chapters concerning his life seem significantly shorter than those relaying the development and evolution of meth use, and the reader is always left wanting more pieces of the puzzle. After getting a bit more in-depth, however, one can begin to see a direct correlation of the history of methamphetamine use to Braswell’s own story. For example, from the facts he unearthed pertaining to the development of at-home meth labs (a phenomenon with which our generation is now all too familiar), the reader is able to understand how over-the-counter medications came to be used in the homegrown meth operations around our country, and at about the same time the reader also is familiarized with the antics Clyde is up to on Braswell’s property.
Braswell also points out some very interesting facts that he discovered in his research. Adolph Hitler, Jim Jones, Charles Manson and Andrew Cunanan (Gianni Versace’s murderer) were all amphetamine users in one way or another. While it’s true that all of these people were probably unstable to begin with, it cannot be ignored that the addition o
This is the year 2019, and Sterling has long transitioned from this lifetime. A somewhat difficult book to read - not so much due to the graphic descriptions of literally living in hell's furnace - but to Sterling's poisonous rage regarding the furnace's relentless fuel. I kept waiting for him to describe the miraculous day he sought help from a supportive twelve-step group, or the passionate spiritual awakening that bathed him in compassion and love for all involved fellow humans...
As I finished the last page, it dawned on me how much I really wanted that for him. However, I learned Sterling lived for quite a while after he authored his pain, this book. I'm left to hope peace settled in to embrace his wounded spirit for the time remaining of his life. I'm positive in knowing he now lives in the warmth of God's unconditional love and forgiveness happened.
A tragedy playing out across America
I had known Sterling for several years prior to these incidents. He was a standup guy - quirky, fun in irreverent.
The book brings a story to life as only a first hand account can. The interleaving of facts related to the spread of Amphetamines across our country is thoughtful and well written.
Sadly, many people involved with meth never do recover and follow a path of chaos towards insanity.
A wonderful read for anyone with an interest in the subject.