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.
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.
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.
About the Author
Carl Hart is an associate professor in the departments of Psychology and
Psychiatry at Columbia University. He is also a research scientist in
the Division of Substance Abuse at the New York State Psychiatric
Institute. Dr. Hart is a member of the National Advisory Council on Drug
Abuse and on the board of directors of the College on Problems of Drug
Dependence and the Drug Policy Alliance. A native of Miami, Dr.
Hart received his BS in psychology at the University of Maryland and
his MS and PhD in experimental psychology and neuroscience at the
University of Wyoming. He lives in New York City.