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 cuttiHigh 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.
High Price A Neuroscientist s Journey of Self Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society 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 ap
“I have to make sure I don't engage in conversations with people who don't abide by the rules of evidence.” Dr. Carl Hart, professor of psychology and psychiatry at Columbia University (and eye candy, which is never a bad thing).Dr. Hart has written a dual-subject book. Part of it is his biography, of how he grew up in a poor, culturally-impoverished, abusive home in Miami and lived the life of the hood but managed to avoid crime, addiction and became a scientist. He isn't tooting his own ho [...]
Overall, I appreciate the story, and the point Dr. Hart is getting at about research and drug policy. What I wanted was less memoir and more critical commentary. The two mostly worked together, but this book really needed tighter editing; it didn't come together for me until about two-thirds of the way through.Side note: I used to work in the pharmaceutical industry. I left for a variety of reasons including ethical concerns about marketing. So I was sort of shocked to see an image of Dr. Hart p [...]
Before I begin my review of this book, I want to mention that I was provided with a free advanced copy of this book by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This book will be released June 11th of this year. The digital copy of this book that I read had the title of "High Price" while on it is called "The Pleasure Paradox"; both books have the same cover but I am not sure what the official title will be once it is published.My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.My summary of the book: Carl Hart i [...]
The first 50 pages or so were pretty stiff and I didn't think I'd finish this one. But then, every other page or so, he'd take one of my preconceptions about drugs, behavior, or society and smash it into teeny tiny bits. Also, as he progressed through his own amazing life story, the book flowed better for me. By the time he got to the science that has transformed his own ideas about how we mishandle drug use/abuse in America, I was completely on board. The science wasn't too dense for me, a non- [...]
Updated 11/2016: The thing that most annoys me about this book, isn't actually the book, but the reviews that say it's not good enough because it's a memoir. Yes, it IS a memoir (as it clearly says) but it is also a book about race, drugs and drug policy. People who are reviewing the book have had a tendency to assume the pages should be filled with more evidence and science. That's a mistake. The author has worked hard to indicate that the book is in no way a scientific journal article. This bo [...]
Dr. Hart claims we need to calm the fuck down about crack and meth (in other words, de-stigmatize recreational drug use). Using drugs occasionally doesn't necessarily produce a non-functioning unproductive member of society. It's a common misconception that once you start using a "hard drug", you will become instantly addicted. Hart proves this isn't so. In Hart's research, he has also debunked another myth-- that occasional use of drugs destroys brain cells and lowers cognitive function. * * *D [...]
Dr. Hart is a brilliant person with both real world knowledge, and years of clinical and scholarly research to bolster his case. This book was largely a memoir of his childhood and youth in Miami, his education, and his research in neuroscience and the effects of drugs on the brain. This book, written a few years ago now, could easily have a follow up with more information on his research projects and his activism and advocacy.
Loved Hart's memoir-cum-drug scientific book. The research here is sound and employs the oft-argued scientific method (will we ever evolve as a species, collectively?) Also, I loved the struggle from the hood to the lab, great inspiration for anyone who starts out in the trailers of sub-continuation public schooling. I related because I too occupied those same trailers when I was a confused adolescent. Now, I teach at an Ivy League school, despite what the naysayers proselytized. From that persp [...]
Well, this didn't challenge everything I know about drugs and society The authors story was interesting, however, Dr. hart's battle of being addicted to being cool was the biggest challenge of the story as far as I could see.
I will forever think about drugs, addiction and poverty in a different way. I really enjoyed the memoir part of the book, and although I don't think I would really like the author, and I certainly would not have liked him as a young man, he makes his point very convincingly when he talks about the potential decriminalization (as opposed to legalization) of drugs.
Did you know that crack cocaine and powder cocaine are chemically the same drug?As are Meth and the prescription drug Adderall?Then why are crack cocaine and meth believed to be such horrifyingly devastating drugs, while cocaine and Adderall are often seen as recreational drugs of high society?Dr. Carl Hart enlightened me to these questions in High Price.High Price is a book with many layers:- A scientific assault on what we've been conditioned to believe about drugs. While Dr. Hart does not min [...]
Leste denne boka for å finne ut mer om effektene av narkotikapolitikk i USA. Det var en tabbe. Mens rundt 20 prosent av boka handler om narkopolitikk, og denne delen er bra, er resten selvbiografi om Carl Hart. Den er tidvis jævlig. Jeg vet ikke om det er en kulturforskjell eller om Hart bare er høy på seg selv, men det er en skrytebonanza som aldri ville kunnet komme på trykk i et norsk forlag. Hart dypdykker ned i hvor hardtarbeidende han er, hvordan han lå med så mange damer i ungdomme [...]
I really enjoyed this eye opening book. In this memoir laced with scientific discovery, Dr. Hart demonstrates a lot of the ideas we have been sold in the war on drugs culture we inhabit. He talks about race and how our views on drugs, the media coverage, and the scientific ignorance about them have all lead to a social construct that devastates communities. In his unique perspective, in which he tackles the role of race in science and drug perceptions based on his personally lived story and his [...]
This is an autobiography of an African-American who grew up in a working-class neighborhood in Miami and, as a consequence of fortuitous opportunities, peculiar decision-making and athletic and intellectual ability, became a professor of neuroscience at Columbia University. He combines this latter credential with his background to make a statement about the foolishness of the War on Drugs. The book is a pleasant read.The author was interviewed on Book TV. It was that interview which induced me t [...]
Dr. Hart's persuasively argued memoir delivers. I have been having serious doubts about the "War on Drugs" and I have always been outraged by sentencing disparities. Hart demonstrates that the drug narrative we've been listening to for decades is supported neither by science nor by his own experience growing up in a community disproportionately affected by drug policy. While I did not find his writing style to be as elegant as my mother did (she was in raptures)he wrote competently and accessibl [...]
O livro é bastante autobiográfico. Bastante mesmo! Conta toda a história de vida do autor, desde sua infância e adolescência nos subúrbios até sua vinculação na Universidade da Columbia. Esse aspecto foi positivamente inesperado, pois esperava um livro meramente científico.Usando sua própria história como exemplo, Carl Hart desmistifica muito do ideário sobre as drogas a partir de sua experiência como neurocientista, além de abordar questões sobre racismo, classe, políticas soci [...]
Um relato maravilhoso de um neurocientista sobre a sua história pessoal e sobre as descobertas que ele fez estudando o efeito das drogas em seres humanos.
In this fascinating memoir/science book/political call to action, neuroscientist Carl Hart tells his story of growing up in a poor part of Miami with a father and mother who split up early and friends who later lapsed into the drug trade and other dead end lives.He originally thought he might become a youth counselor, but his own experiences with drugs and the impact he thought they were making on his hometown led him into scientific research, often the lone black in the labs he worked in. Over [...]
High Price is a brilliantly written memoir that will challenge everything you think you know about race, drugs, crime, and even academia.Dr. Carl Hart began life in inner-city Miami, one of eight siblings raised by his mother and grandmothers. He did not take school seriously and did the bare minimum in order to participate in football and basketball. Upon graduation, he joined the Air Force, and his life began a long journey of challenges that ultimately led him to become an accomplished neuros [...]
Once and a while a book reaches into your heart. For me, this is one of those.This book resonated with me in a way that felt uncanny, almost as if the author was speaking directly to me. For reasons I can't easily describe, this book moved me to tears again and again.Reading some of the negative and lukewarm reviews was equally odd for me. Did we read the same book? The answer must be yes. So I'm left to conclude that the book is particularly resonant with me for some very personal reasons. As a [...]
Incredibly well-constructed and insightful. Hart merges a discussion of the clinally-proven psychological effect of street drugs (much of which he has conducted) with his own story coming from an impoverished background in Florida, going into the armed forces, and going on to college, grad school, and eventually becoming a tenured professor at Columbia. Professor Hart makes abundantly clear that the effect of (often racist) drug policy and enforcement decisions has had a much more negative impac [...]
I know less now than I did when I started the book, and that it's a good thing. I no longer "know" that meth is particularly destructive to the brain. (Studies with that conclusion, were on animals under much higher doses than humans use.) Many of the things we "know" about the dangers of drugs simply are not borne out by facts.Do people become addicted and experience problems? Yes, but putting users in the criminal justice system doesn't help. Should drugs be legalized? Not necessarily, but pos [...]
This book does have some truly interesting content and observations on the correlations between race and drug culture. I have found myself thinking often about the very (now) obvious message. The issue is that I wanted it presented in much less of an auto-biographical (and opinionated) way. I think I'll be looking for some essays written by Carl Hart instead of completing this book. I read through most of it but found myself quickly skimming through pages that seemed to talk about small anecdote [...]
Dr. Carl Hart explains the current state of drug research by providing his life story has a background. As a reader, we receive both an autobiography sprinkled with summaries and commentaries of research articles relevant to drug abuse and drug addiction. For example, the Olds and Milner seminal articles are discussed in the context of their findings but also limitations. Overall, I throughly enjoyed the SCIENTIFIC, historical, social, and personal approach taken by Dr. Hart to explain how drugs [...]
JD Vance should read this book. Actually, it would be interesting if the two of them could debate / come to some sort of consensus and then write another book considering the opioid epidemic. There is some overlap between their thinking - role models matter, fulfilling relationships pull you up and the military can be helpful in transitioning underprivileged youth into the upper echelons of American society.Major difference – It’s not the entitlements that keep people down Vance!! For Hart, [...]
This book really pissed me off. I loved Dr. Hart's segments in The House I Live In, and I was really looking forward to reading this book. I think my views are extremely close to his views, but I felt like he was pushing an agenda too hard. The book felt manipulative to me. It also came across like he was talking down to the reader. I didn't realize that so much of the book was going to be his personal story. Some of his research results seemed too oversimplified, and I wish he had discussed the [...]
V good, just disappointed that The real discussion about his research on drug use didn't come in to play until about the last hundred or so pages of the book. I was reading in an interview that he had specifically written this book because he wanted to dispel myths about drug use. I honestly would've preferred if this entire book had simply focused on that instead of his personal experience. Whoever I see that the two are intertwined.
I think this book is an interesting take on a different subject in neuroscience. I appreciated that the author explained his own research to give logic to his argument. I think that this book is highly readable for the layman and may help to explain why some people become addicted to drugs and others do not.
Although there was more memoir here than I really wanted to read, it did help to put the drug research and policy elements in perspective. The conclusions of the book are surprising to me, and they have the potential to bring great changes to American criminal laws if they do contribute to a serious discussion of decriminalization.
3.74 stars. I really liked the scientific info and drug policy critique, but I had a hard time seeing how a lot of the autobiographical story tied in to the premise. Started off slow, but got quite good by the last few chapters, a good book overall.