Chasing the Scream

The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

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Chasing the Scream (2019, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc)

432 pages

English language

Published Nov. 8, 2019 by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.


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For the first time, the startling full story of the disastrous war on drugs -- propelled by moving human stories, revolutionary insight into addiction, and fearless international reporting.

"January, 2015 will mark a century of the war on drugs in the United States: one hundred years since the first arrests under the Harrison Act. Facing down this anniversary, Johann Hari was witnessing a close relative and an ex-boyfriend bottoming out on cocaine and heroin. But what was the big picture in the war on drugs? Why does it continue, when most people now think it has failed? The reporter set out on a two-year, 20,000-mile journey through the theater of this war--to find out how it began, how it has affected people around the world, and how we can move beyond it. Chasing the Scream is fueled by dramatic personal stories of the people he meets along the way: A …

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