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Methland The Death and Life of an American Small Town (Hardcover)

Author:  Nick Reding
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 1596916508
ISBN-13: 9781596916500
Sku: 210798071
Publish Date: 6/16/2009
Pages:  255
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"Methland" tells the story of Oelwein, Iowa, which, like thousands of other small towns across the country, has been affected by one of the most dangerous drugs in the world.
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Traces the efforts of a small Iowa community to counter the pervasiveness of crystal methamphetamine, in an account that offers insight into the drug's appeal while chronicling the author's numerous visits with the town's doctor, the local prosecutor, and a long-time addict.
Nick Reding provides a fascinating biography of Oelwein, Iowa, a small town which was beset by an influx of bootleg crystal methamphetamine manufacturers, who were drawn to its isolated locale and impoverished social standing. Reding reveals how this addictive epidemic has altered the lives of various Oelwein characters, including debilitated criminals, disfigured speed freaks, a good-hearted local doctor, and a hard-nosed sheriff. In addition to these compelling individual stories, Reding's cogent examination of the rise of this poisonous substance also reveals how several major pharmaceutical companies have actively blocked legislation which would make it more difficult to purchase the cold medicines necessary to produce the deadly drug. Selected by the New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of 2009.


" a stunning look at a problem that has dire consequences for our country." - Larry Getlen 06/14/2009

"In his persuasive new book,...journalist Nick Reding....makes the case that small-town America is perhaps not the moral and hard-working place of the public imagination, but it also argues that big-city ignorance -- fueled by the media -- toward small-town decay is both dangerous and appalling." - David Liss 06/14/2009

"As Reding painstakingly presents it, the production, distribution and consumption of methamphetamine is a self-catalyzing catastrophe of Chernobylish dimensions. The rich...get richer and more detached, while the poor get high and, finally, wasted." - Walter Kirn 07/05/2009

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