The Death and Life of An American Small Town

Reding, Nick

Book - 2009
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The dramatic story of the methamphetamine epidemic of the 1980s as it sweeps the American heartland--a moving, very human account of one community's attempt to battle its way to a brighter future. Crystal meth is widely considered the world's most dangerous drug, but especially so in the small towns of the American heartland. Journalist Reding tells the story of Oelwein, Iowa (pop. 6,159), which, like thousands of other small towns, has been left in the dust by the consolidation of the agricultural industry, a depressed local economy, and an out-migration of people. As if this weren't enough, an incredibly cheap, longlasting, and highly addictive drug has rolled into town. Over a period of four years, journalist Nick Reding brings us into the heart of Oelwein, tracing the connections between the lives touched by the drug and the global forces that set the stage for the epidemic.--From publisher description.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2009.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 1596916508
Characteristics: x, 255 p. ;,25 cm.


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Nov 07, 2011
  • RockTheBooks rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An honest and non-judgemental look into the manufacture and use of methamphetamine in rural America. Highly thought-provoking and enlightening, this quick read will leave you wondering what can be done to reverse the drug epidemic. The link between economic down turn and drug use is heartbreaking. This book stresses the need for job creation and drug rehabilitation over prison sentencing.

Apr 19, 2011
  • shakey rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Bok is funny with alot of information.If i were to write a book it would be this one.

Dec 10, 2010
  • laura15347 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the more interesting non-fiction books I've read in a long while.


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