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

Author:  Nick Reding
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1608192075
ISBN-13: 9781608192076
Sku: 212819528
Publish Date: 5/25/2010
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 1T
Pages:  269
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“A powerful work of reportage … A clear-eyed look at a scourge that continues to affect wide swaths of American society—whether we want to acknowledge it or not.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer

The bestselling book that launched meth back into the nation’s consciousness. Based on Reding’s four years of reporting in the agricultural town of Oelwein, Iowa, and tracing the connections to the global forces that set the stage for the meth epidemic, Methland offers a vital perspective on a contemporary tragedy. It is a portrait of a community under siege, of the lives that meth has devastated, and of the heroes who continue to fight the war.
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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