Chasing the Scream PDF by Johann Hari

Chasing the Scream PDF

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Chasing the Scream PDF

As he grew older, he realized he had addiction in his family. Confused, unable to know what to do, he set out on a three-year, 30,000-mile journey to discover what really causes addiction–and what really solves it.

He uncovered a range of remarkable human stories–of how the war on drugs began with Billie Holiday, the great jazz singer, being stalked and killed by a racist policeman; of the scientist who discovered the surprising key to addiction; and of the countries that ended their war on drugs–with extraordinary results.

His discoveries led him to give a TED talk and animation which have now been viewed more than 25 million times. This is the story of a life-changing journey that showed the world the opposite of addiction is connection.

Details About Chasing the Scream PDF by Johann Hari

  • Name: Chasing the Scream: The Opposite of Addiction is Connection
  • Authors: Johann Hari
  • Publish Date: March 1, 2016
  • Language: English
  • Genre: Criminology, General Surgery, Social Policy
  • Format: PDF
  • Size: 2  MB
  • Pages: 400
  • Price: Free
  • ISBN: 1620408910

Editorial Reviews

Review – Chasing the Scream PDF

“Superb journalism and thrilling story-telling.” – Naomi Klein

“An absolutely stunning book. It will blow people away.” – Elton John

“A terrific book.” – Bill Maher

“A wonderful book . . . I hope everyone will read it.” – Sam Harris

“Wonderful. I couldn’t put it down.” – Noam Chomsky

“Amazing and bracing and smart. It’s really revolutionary.” – Dan Savage

“One of the world’s most important and most enlightening thinkers and social critics.” – Glenn Greenwald, winner of the Pulitzer Prize

“Incredibly insightful and provocative.” – B.J. Novak, writer for THE OFFICE

“A testament to Hari’s skill as a writer.” – The New York Times

Review – Chasing the Scream PDF

I won’t repeat what others have said here about the basic content of the book. I agree with its overall message, the writing is brisk and compelling overall, and it is a message many people need to hear in a format many people will be able to appreciate. In general this a courageous and heartfelt look at the war on drugs and the disaster that has ensued everywhere it has been waged, and I would recommend it to pretty much anyone.

But I do feel I need to put a bit of a damper on all the glowing 5-star reviews here. As a neuroscientist and someone who has thought about drugs, drug policy, and the drug war a lot, there are some serious issues here that I haven’t seen pointed out in some other reviews. Chasing the Scream PDF

First, Hari is neither a scientist, nor a historian, nor a physician – and it shows. The book is essentially one long anecdote, and hard numbers and statistics are few and far between. It could be argued that this isn’t the point of the book, but nonetheless it is a shortcoming when an author purports to be documenting the facts and real-world outcomes of decriminalization/legalization.

Second, I found that despite his 3-year, 30,000-mile odyssey to explore the war on drugs, ultimately Hari still seemed naive and poorly informed about it all. By nearly page 300, he is still dumbfounded and incredulous at the idea that alcohol might in fact be among the most harmful substances in use today – it all seems so “counterintuitive” to him. These are the kind of numbers/findings that anyone who takes this topic seriously should have found in week one, not the kind of thing that one should be doubting with a gut reaction after years of research into the topic.

A similar example is Hari’s hand-wringing and agonizing over the idea that his precious nieces and nephews might be harmed by smoking a joint (as if they aren’t doing it anyway). Here Hari cites a deeply flawed and widely criticized scientific article claiming that marijuana use in adolescence “damages IQ for life” and brings up the example of a friend who smoked a lot and now thinks it harmed him for life. Chasing the Scream PDF

There just doesn’t seem to be any context here – as David Nutt (interviewed in the book) has pointed out, horse-riding causes way more brain damage than drugs in the UK, but no one thinks of it as a scourge of the youth that should be fretted over. Here in North America it’s concussions from football and hockey, which again hardly raise an eyebrow.

And look at the way we let our children eat, for crying out loud, and the ensuing obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. That anyone who has thought about these issues in depth is actually wasting time worrying about young people smoking a joint is shocking to me.

Third is the snide treatment of Timothy Leary. Hari spends page after page treating everyone he comes across in his journey with the utmost compassion. Whether they have lived as thieves, murderers, torturers for drug cartels, etc., all of them are portrayed as victims of an unfair system, unfair childhoods, unfair what-have-you – and this is a fair enough viewpoint with much truth to it. Chasing the Scream PDF

But when it comes to Timothy Leary, Hari’s bleeding heart is suddenly dry. Leary is dismissed in less than a page as a psychopath who scared all the ‘normal’ people and ruined the whole decriminalization party for everyone else.

No matter that Leary himself suffered from alcohol addiction and the traumatic suicide of his first wife; no matter that without his proselytizing it’s very unlikely any of us would be having this conversation today; no matter that he originally advocated gentle decriminalization and a licensing system so that everyone could use substances responsibly and is pretty much the grandfather of the modern movement; no matter that for these altogether minimal actions he was hounded by the government for years and incarcerated in a maximum security prison under a life sentence for possession of a trivial amount of marijuana.

In short, when it came to the material I knew best (certain aspects of the neuroscience and history), Hari seemed grossly uninformed and/or naive – and this makes me question how much I can trust his reporting and assessment of other issues about which I know less.

Overall, I definitely recommend this book and it is well worth reading for the compelling stories within. But I disagree with the majority opinion here that this is some kind of flawless masterpiece. It’s a great read, and full of great stories, but this is not scholarship by any stretch; it is at best journalism, and probably better described as a personal memoir. That doesn’t necessarily detract at all from its value but the reader should know what they’re getting into.

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About the Author

Johann Hariis the author of Lost Connections. He was twice named Newspaper Journalist of the Year by Amnesty International UK. He has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and others, and he is a regular panelist on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. His TED talk, “Everything You Think You Know About Addiction Is Wrong,” and the animation based on it have more than twenty million views. Hari lives in London.

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