By David T. Courtwright
The authors hire the thoughts of oral background to penetrate the nether global of the drug consumer, giving us an engrossing portrait of lifestyles within the drug way of life through the "classic" period of strict narcotic keep watch over. compliment for the hardcover variation: "A momentous booklet which i think is destined to develop into a vintage within the classification of scholarly narcotic books."--Claude Brown, writer of the bestseller, Manchild within the Promised Land. "The drug literature is full of the stereotyped reviews of non-addicted, middle-class pundits who've had little direct touch with addicts. those tales are fact. Narcotic addicts of the internal towns are either tricky and mild, misleading whilst precious and but frequently generous--above all, intelligent judges of personality. whereas judging them, the clinician can also be being judged."--Vincent P. Dole, M.D., The Rockefeller Institute. "What used to be it prefer to be a narcotic addict through the Anslinger period? No ebook will most likely ever look that provides a greater photo than this one. . . . a singularly readable and informative paintings on a topic mostly buried in cliches and stereotypes."--Donald W. Goodwin, magazine of the yankee scientific organization " . . . an incredible contribution to the growing to be physique of literature that makes an attempt to extra truly outline the character of drug habit. . . . [This ebook] will entice a various viewers. Academicians, politicians, and the overall reader will locate this method of drug dependancy tremendous helpful, insightful, and instructive. . . . with no qualification an individual wishing to obtain a greater figuring out of drug addicts and dependancy will take advantage of interpreting this book."--John C. McWilliams, Pennsylvania journal of historical past and Biography "This examine has a lot to assert to a common viewers, in addition to these taken with drug control."--Publishers Weekly "The authors' reviews are perceptive and the interviews make fascinating reading."--John Duffy, magazine of yankee background "This ebook provides a necessary and infrequently compelling human size to the tale of drug use and legislations enforcement. the cloth should be of serious price to different experts, akin to these attracted to the heritage of prepared crime and of outsiders in general."--H. Wayne Morgan, magazine of Southern heritage "This e-book represents an important and beneficial addition to the modern substance abuse literature. . . . this e-book offers findings from a unique and remarkably innovative study strategy in a cogent and particularly informative manner."--William M. Harvey, magazine of Psychoactive medicinal drugs "This is an efficient and significant ebook choked with new details containing provocative parts often introduced forth during the touching information of private adventure. . . . there is no such thing as a recollection which is not of intrinsic worth and plenty of element to matters infrequently broached in additional traditional studies."--Alan Block, magazine of Social heritage
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But this is once again a largely unavoidable problem: the limits of your memory are the limits of my interview. Countermeasures are possible, however. 67 We have also sought to corroborate individual stories by checking them against other sources, especially written ones. When a particular event or individual was mentioned on tape, we would examine newspapers, periodicals, government documents, memoirs, biographies, and histories, seeking to fix a precise date or to glean additional testimony. This was doubly useful, in that it permitted us to elaborate, as well as corroborate, a given story.
How typical are the remembered experiences and feelings of a given group of inter- 29 30 ADDICTS WHO SURVIVED viewees? This question is raised in a particularly interesting way by our study. 60 Did the fact that they were old, using methadone, and living in New York make them unrepresentative of narcotic users in the classic era? The answer is yes and no. Begin with the problem oflocation. Although several of the interviewees had traveled extensively, most had lived in New York City for many years; some had lived there all their lives and had the accents to prove it.
With the usual array of urban vice figures: pimps, prostitutes, thieves, con men, numbers runners, and all manner of drug retailers, from marijuana distributors like the legendary white hipster Milton Mezzrow to black opiate users and dealers like Malcolm Little, later Malcolm X. Disoriented and demoralized, the newcomers were exposed to narcotics in a way they had never been before. So were their children, particularly those who had left school, were out of work, could scrounge a buck, and spent their time on the street.
Addicts who Survived: An Oral History of Narcotic Use in America before 1965 by David T. Courtwright