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.
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