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    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.

    ©2013 Carl Hart and Maia Szalavitz (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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    • Winita
    • 27/10/2016

    Does what it says it does

    At first, I was going to give it 4 stars bc I wasn't expecting a memoir, but when I abandoned that expectation, I really enjoyed and appreciated Dr.Hart's perspective. I admittedly had my own ignorance and misconceptions about illegal drugs and this audio book helped change my mind. btw I highly recommend listening to this book while working out. it's fast paced and frank in its delivery of scientific, social, and personal insights. I also hope any typos in this review don't detract from what I'm saying, as I'm typing on my tiny phone screen while on the elliptical machine. cheers!

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    • DaWoolf
    • 01/04/2014

    Outstanding!

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    High Price by Carl Hart is one of the very best audio books I have listened to in the last year. As a reader, I am always intrigued by how others become successful. Given that Dr. Hart grows up in a broken home with minimal positive supports in Carol City Miami exposed to violence and frequent drug use only makes his journey to a tenured professorship at Columbia University more captivating.

    Dr. Hart is able to pinpoint the key behavioral moments and environmental conditions that permitted him to move toward the next opportunity. As you are reading High Price, you may say to yourself "How does this guy eventually become a tenured Columbia professor ?" Dr. Hart conveys his incredible journey in a manner that keeps the reader/listener fully engaged and locked in.

    High Price is not only about the Carl Hart story. Instead Dr. Hart educates the reader/listener about the history of drug enforcement, drug addiction, the chemical structure of illegal drugs, and the racism disguised as the war on drugs. Dr. Hart challenges the basic assumption many Americans have about street drugs that is propagated by the media, drug associations, and politicians. He also exposes the reader to peer reviewed research that refutes many of our long-standing and commonly held assumptions about drug use in inner city America.

    Finally, the strongest part of High Praise is Dr. Hart's explanations of human behavior based on the science of behaviorism as espoused by BF Skinner. Dr. Hart does not rely on the verbal musings and explanatory motivations that drive behavior. Instead, Dr. Hart explains the challenging behaviors of others by examining their environments and their lacking repertoire of functional life skills.

    Overall, High Praise is a great book!

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    • Dianne
    • 12/05/2017

    Drugs Aren't the Problem

    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Would recommend this to most of North America... the idea that drugs are the cause of social woes like crime and poverty isn't just wrong, it's dangerously misleading. If we've misdiagnosed crime as caused by drugs, then we're not going to have much success dealing with either.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The authors candor about his history of crime and violence amidst his culture of honor.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the author was invited to a panel on crystal meth abuse. When asked what he knew about the drug, he pointed out that meth was just an illegal form of the FDA approved Adderal, and its effects and safety was well studied. He was then drowned out by hysterical prosecutors and lawmen with their horror stories of how meth drove parents to decapitate their children. This is how laws are made... scary stuff

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    • Matthew R. Herald
    • 31/12/2013

    An excellent book to make you think

    This was a very good book which definitely goes beyond just the basics of addiction and drugs. I really enjoyed listening to the narrator, J.D. Jackson who does a superb job most of the time. He stumbles a bit when trying to sound like Bill Clinton, but I think he absolutely captures the narrator's voice and intent better than just about any narrator I have heard.

    I would "like" to give it 4.5 stars, but really can only give it 4 on this rating scale.

    One thing the book does amazingly well is to describe how policy has been very harmful to certain groups. It is distressing that racism still exists on an institutional level, but having been a part of some of these institutions, I can definitely say it is still there, and Dr. Hart does a terrific job of describing it. He also focuses how the "war on drugs" has been damaging. This is absolutely worth reading or listening to. Most people probably do not have the background or upbringing that Dr. Hart did to really understand these issues, and he is an incredible communicator in this way.

    The main problem I see though is that Dr. Hart does not focus much on the 10-20% of people who do get hooked on addictive drugs, alcohol, or even other commonly available items such as tobacco. These substances can still be devastating to those who use them. Sometimes I get the feeling that he is a bit dismissive of this at times. He does bring up contingency management but he really only scratched the surface with that. I wish he had more here; motivational therapy and other information so that people can get help if they need it.

    Anyway, I do think this is a great book. If I could give it 4.5 stars I would. I just wish it had a bit more substance on the treatment approaches to substance use. His critique of policy approaches to the problem I think is spot-on.

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    • M. brockman
    • 08/02/2015

    Changed My Perception of Drugs in Society.

    What did you love best about High Price?

    I immediately became aware of how much judgment and prohibition is cast around society. Many prohibition laws inhibit progress in civilization.

    What did you like best about this story?

    Letting us in on his lifestyle. An honest trustworthy man, exposing very controversial points on drugs.

    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I'd rather Carl Hart read the book

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    • Hannah
    • 11/08/2018

    Enlightening

    I had to read this for a college class and was delighted to see it was available on audible. I was able to finish the book before class started giving me a head start.
    The narrator did a great job and the content was extremely enlightening. I wish everyone would read this.

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    • Lauriesland
    • 16/03/2014

    A Different Perspective on Drugs and Racism

    Dr. Carl Hart grew up in South Florida, maintained a 2.0 academic average in high school so he could play sports, and managed to avoid brushes with the law, unlike many of his peers. He took an armed-forces aptitude test just to get out of class that day, and he did well enough for the army and air force to try to enlist him. Going into the air force changed his life by expanding his horizons, and he went on to become a tenured professor at Columbia. How could this not be an interesting book?!

    Hart believes that the War on Drugs is a policy based in racism and pharmacological ignorance. The laws and enforcement thereof are so heavily weighted against the black community, they are destroying the chance of success in life for generations of young men. The social ills and crime blamed on drugs, he says, existed well before drugs became ubiquitous. His scientific research on addiction and the statistics he relates also show the public's lack of knowledge.

    This was a fascinating, thought-provoking book on many levels. I learned a lot.

    As for the narrator, I'm glad the decision-makers chose a black man to read the book. My only objection was that he read too slowly and without enough emotion. No matter what he was saying, it was all delivered at the same measured pace.

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    • Dr.
    • 30/04/2021

    maybe its all about perspective

    i found him simple, maybe because he grew un rural America what he saw as ground breaking reading, music and educational, were things we did and learned as children, when he thought they were groundbreaking for him in his 20's.
    his vision of drugs except decriminalization are dangerous, some drugs destroy people's life because they become defenceless against it.
    i wanted to love this guy i found him ....flaky or maybe pretentious.
    maybe its me

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    • Add Staple
    • 11/01/2021

    Great for understanding Drug misconceptions

    Thank you Carl Hart for writing a novel that can help many individuals understand more about drugs and the effects of the drug war from a more rational and research driven perspective. This is a must read for those who would like to hear a rational perspective not discussed in most general public education and the popular media.

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    • Jason Wessels
    • 23/02/2020

    Wasn't what I expected

    I was expecting more insight into the role of drugs in our society, but it was 90% autobiographical. I enjoyed his incredible story, but it wasn't what I expected.

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    • Joel Gwinner
    • 19/08/2018

    Eye opening

    I knew a fair bit about the author's opinionsfrom a podcast interview he'd done. But the way in which he ties everything together to give a full, comprehensive overview of this subject and the way it's viewed in society, is absolutely brilliant. His experience of growing up in a racist climate is something I unfortunately dealt with myself. I saw many parallels there. From what I can tell, he's a refreshingly honest and open man of science and evidence!