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Shadow People: How Meth-driven Crime Is Eating At the Heart of Rural America First Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0615551913
ISBN-10: 0615551912
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About the Author

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

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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: 0.5 x 5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 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
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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
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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
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barbara on March 22, 2012
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Scott Thomas Anderson's book, "Shadow People: How Meth-driven Crime is Eating At the Heart of Rural America," will forever change the way you think about illegal drug use, stealing to supply a deadly habit, self-destruction, physical abuse within families, child depravation, economic ruin, and the threat of drugs, particularly methamphetamine, to family life. "Shadow People" will also give you a renewed appreciation for the guts, skills, and commitment by local law enforcement in their unending quest to get the bad guys, whether they're manufacturers, sellers or users, off our streets.

"Shadow People" is raw, factual, sobering. Scott writes with a combination of superior investigative skills mixed with his experience in traveling all parts of rural America to gather facts, insights and personal stories of those touched by meth addiction. He also writes about his enormous trust and respect for law enforcement - and they for him earned through his meetings and ride-along's with officers. His honesty and dedication to writing a powerful, truthful book will - as it should - both inform and scare the reader.

Scott has done all of us, most certainly parents, grandparents and educators, a great service by opening our eyes to the menace of meth production, sale and use by young and old in rural America. Methamphetamine addiction is a killer drug whether you live in a rural, suburban or urban environment. You should read it, encourage your friends and family to read it, and discuss "Shadow People" with your kids especially those in junior and senior high schools. We were so moved by the book that we're asking our local police chief, our county sheriff and the County Combined Narcotic Enforcement Team to conduct additional local workshops on the perils of meth. We respectfully urge you do the same in your town or county. Meth is that serious a problem.
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