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

4.3 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews
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 (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #360,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Wow! I live in a rural area that is plagued by rampant theft to feed drug habits. I learned so much from reading this. It has obviously been researched, is well-written and VERY informative. While it is gritty and parts are hard to take, he doesn't gloss over this ugly epidemic that is sweeping across the nation. Every legislator in this country on both the state and national level, should be required to read this book. I'm still fuming that Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill that would have helped to curb the trafficking of this horrible drug one of his last acts. He should be ashamed of himself. Unbelievable. Also unbelievable is a drug that can make one think that maybe living out in the country isn't such a good thing. It is getting to the point that you can't have anything or leave anything unattended outside, as it will be stolen, right out of your yard. I speak from personal experience on that one. And as the books states, police budgets keep getting cut. It is useless to try and report a crime in this area, as the usual response is, "We will get to it when we can, but we are short-handed." It is sad and heart-breaking what this chemical time-bomb has done to the country, the people hooked on it, and mostly the innocent children who have to suffer unspeakable abuse and neglect by parents who are addicted.
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Truly puts into perspective the apocalypse that this drug presents to civilisation as we know it.. The writing style is brilliant. The narrative so skilfully woven that we are drawn into the everyday, comfortably familiar world that could be the backdrop for any one of our families. Surely we are safe in our little comunity with strong family values and clear eyed, goal directed kids? But no, we are shown how quickly things are turned around so that the most unlikely to be self indulgent person can become a meth addict with all the attendant mental and physical consequences and the collateral damage to family and community. Set against this are the brave and selfless men and women who work in law enforcement, welfare and other roles. ..what can I say..but just read it! You will be glad you did.
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