Using what he calls a "live-in reporting strategy," Reding's chronicle of a small-town crystal meth epidemic-about "the death of a way of life as much as... about the birth of a drug"-revolves around tiny Oelwein, Iowa, a 6,000-resident farming town nearly destroyed by the one-two punch of Big Agriculture modernization and skyrocketing meth production. Reding's wide cast of characters includes a family doctor, the man "in the best possible position from which to observe the meth phenomenon"; an addict who blew up his mother's house while cooking the stuff; and Lori Arnold (sister of actor Tom Arnold) who, as a teenager, built an extensive and wildly profitable crank empire in Ottumwa, Iowa (not once, but twice). Reding is at his best relating the bizarre, violent and disturbing stories from four years of research; heftier topics like big business and globalization, although fascinating, seem just out of Reding's weight class. A fascinating read for those with the stomach for it, Reding's unflinching look at a drug's rampage through the heartland stands out in an increasingly crowded field.
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For this powerful, terrifying look at the drug epidemic in America's heartland, Reding studied meth production and addiction in Oelwein over four years. The book's strength lies in its character studies and depictions of destroyed families -- many not for the squeamish -- as well as in its explanation of how meth producers integrate their operations to become major conglomerates. Despite the persuasive narrative, a few reviewers noted a weakness in Reding's attempt to link larger socioeconomic forces (such as the rise of agribusiness) to small towns' meth use and production. But the coupling of classic reporting and a compelling, timely story make Methland a book well worth reading. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Editorial Reviews
Good information learned a lot.
However writing style confusing, like I was reading from different writers through out the book.
This is a must read. Well research over a period of 8 years the author connects the dots between Big Ag, Big Pharm and meth in the U.S. Why meth will never go away.Published 1 month ago by Shelby K. Brandon
Book came fast and was what I ordered. I can't recommend this book enough, it ties together the death of small towns, the pharmaceutical industry, dissolution of unions into a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Frostysauce
Merhland gives the outsider an inside look at how Meth is destroying the heartland of America!Published 2 months ago by Sarah Roberts
Great read to open your eyes to the meth problem in the Midwest. Really sad that small towns have been affected so severely by this problem.Published 3 months ago by Seedawg
This book opened my eyes to the impact meth has had on communities and its people. It tells the stories of several meth addicts along with the step-by-step affects meth has on... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was a fascinating and illuminating read about what and how and why this meth epidemic has destroyed so much of middle class America in the heartland .Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
This book was an insightful read about the meth problem in small towns all across the United States. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Michael J Anderson
Interesting insight into the background and perhaps motivation that brought this blight into the Midwest. Not the ethnographic research that I was hoping for. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Indiana User