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Shadow People: How Meth-driven Crime Is Eating At the Heart of Rural America Paperback – April 17, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0615551913 ISBN-10: 0615551912 Edition: First

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Coalition for Investigative Journalism; First edition (April 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615551912
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615551913
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Award-winning crime journalist Scott Thomas Anderson writes for newspapers and magazines in northern California.

Customer Reviews

Very informative w/ excellent case examples.
laurensierra
The writing is beautifully evocative and I was able to visualize with great clarity the settings and characters described by the author.
CK
It is truly a very scary addition which, in turn affects the children living with these meth addicts.
Lynnette Ruby Lipp

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Wildlifer on February 12, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Anderson's book is an excellent work of literary journalism. His talent and research shine through in chapters which paint the heartbreaking decline of rural America speeded by advent of unprecedented meth abuse. In passages such as this, "meth touches the broken, red-capped hills of eastern Montana, where train whistles growl on iron bridges, ricocheting along the facades of the lasting frontier settlements, where hunters bond with the cooked grass and elk trails, where stock growers drive their cattle across a hell-tinted steppe that runs to the very end of the horizon" the reader is transported to heaven, only to be dragged further into hell with corresponding descriptions of the abuse and neglect inflicted upon family members of those under the gripping influence of this drug. The sympathy normally projected on addicts is refocused on families and community members who are working to reverse this crisis, this corrosive shadow that pervades our lives. The real life instances of drug-induced violence, law-breaking and abuse in this book really wakes you up to reality.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lynnette Ruby Lipp on February 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
Shadow People is a great title for this book. In the shadows of communities, especially rural communities live these shadow people. i never understood what meth really was made of or how it affects a person who uses it in some manner. Meth does serious damage to the neurological system and causes people to totally behave in unhuman and inhumane obsessive-compulsive behaviors.It is truly a very scary addition which, in turn affects the children living with these meth addicts. It is a well worthy read and informative more than I thought it would be. The author has a gift of descriptions that helped me to "see" what he wanted me to see. I highly recommend this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Helen Bonner, better books on February 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
I just finished Shadow People, written with such accuracy and passion that one cannot stop turning the pages.
Of course, as a Californian, I knew meth was in our community, but I am stunned by the seriousness of the problem as it rages like wildfire across the country. This book holds the horrific numbers up and makes us look at real cases, murdered girlfriends or tortured children, whether we want to see such horrors, or not.

The reporting style also helped me see what we all owe to the courage, heroism, and determination of our lawmen,whether police, sheriff's department, or highway patrol, and the struggle of our legal system to deal with those methamphetamine has turned into monsters. My respect for these men and women is now enormous.

Anderson also gives us hope - some states have fought the curse of meth by posting billboard images of ruined faces,ruined lives, victims of shadow people's hallucinations, reducing the numbers of new addicts. Shadow People should be required reading for every High School student, so they will know what they are risking if tempted by meth's seduction or by the drug culture itself.

This is a fine work of investigative journalism written by a crime reporter who saw what he writes about so well.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By addart on March 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
Scott Thomas Anderson uses beautiful prose to illuminate ugly truth. "Shadow People" is an intense and exhaustively researched piece of journalism written in Technicolor. Cleverly woven tales of methamphetamine horrors and genuine heroes leave the reader with just enough hope to ask, "What can I do to help?" Buy two.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Radek on February 20, 2013
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When I started reading this book, I got the feeling that I was reading a very long newspaper column. At the end of the book, the author states plainly that he is a reporter. I don't know about his skills as a reporter, but it doesn't work in book form. This is basically a lot of police reports strung together.
He describes the characters, but they don't become real. There is no flash to the writing. Nothing that will grab the reader. If you want information, or a start for a research paper, this is a good start.
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Format: Paperback
I live in Amador County and I read the Ledger Dispatch every Friday morning when the paper comes out. I have read the Ledger Dispatch since I moved to Amador County in 1995. Scott Thomas Anderson is the finest investigative journalist this paper has ever had. I have been gifted with the chance of seeing this young man blossom into a first rate cutting edge honest to God reporter. Scott has earned his bones with this book and I am hoping that he will soon be distinguishing himself more with other books to come. A page turner and all too true and in your face down and dirty/gritty hard facts. I could not put the book down. I write a column for Carol Harper in the Amador Community News under "Life in the Trenches". This week my comments on "Shadow People" was published. I could not recommend this book more highly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms.Ter-ee_Reader on February 10, 2013
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Scott Anderson's book is a no holds barred look on the sad reality that we are facing today in relation to meth driven crime and the effects of the drug itself. The facts aren't sugar coated, but neither is life, and Scott tells it like it is with the creativity and prose of a great writer. Scott Anderson really digs deep into his research throughout various parts of the country and shows the reader how ugly this problem is that is contaminating our communities from the inside out. Great book!!
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