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Shadow People: how meth-driven crime is eating at the heart of rural America [Kindle Edition]

Scott Thomas Anderson
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    Book Description

    Literary Nonfiction. Sleepless and paranoid methamphetamine addicts often see "shadow people" in the darkest hours of the night. Yet it is the addicts themselves that cast a shadow over the most peaceful corners of America, driven in large numbers to commit fraud, identity theft, burglary, domestic violence, elder abuse, child abuse, assault and murder.

    In 2010, award-winning journalist Scott Thomas Anderson began to explore the link between crime and methamphetamine, spending sixteen months as an embedded reporter with rural county law enforcement agencies and traveling to dozens of small towns battling the epidemic across the United States. The result is SHADOW PEOPLE, an unflinching look at the havoc and heartache meth spawns in the open countryside—a window to how the drug is threatening America's wide open country spaces, fueling crimes against citizens, breaking families apart, devastating innocent children and tearing away at the psyche of each community through which it spreads.

    "A compelling and up-close look at one of the most corrosive issues that our communities face...this book is full of the kind of front-line reporting and gritty detail needed to illuminate the meth scourge."—Greg Miller, National Security Report, The Washington Post

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    About the Author

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

    Product Details

    • File Size: 382 KB
    • Publisher: Coalition for Investigative Journalism; Kindle edition, 2012 edition (October 25, 2012)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B009XG596M
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,142 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    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
    5.0 out of 5 stars I never really knew! February 16, 2012
    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
    5.0 out of 5 stars Emergency! Read this book! February 17, 2012
    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
    5.0 out of 5 stars Buy Two March 12, 2012
    By addart
    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
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good not great February 20, 2013
    By Radek
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    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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    9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    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
    5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Truth February 10, 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    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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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars An unflinching look at the meth epidemic
    Having spent fourteen years as a probation officer in a domestic violence and stalking unit, I have witnessed first-hand the ravages of meth addiction. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by James Hanna
    3.0 out of 5 stars Different Point of View.
    It was good looking at the problem from another angle. I am more fond of the struggle from the addicts point of view.
    Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
    4.0 out of 5 stars Cautionary tale
    Although this story was well written, as a reader you may have to read parts numerous times in order to keep up. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by kindell
    4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative
    The author simply presents the facts with little editorializing. The facts surrounding methamphetamine use and its consequences are chilling and frightening and do not appear to be... Read more
    Published 3 months ago by George F. Koinis
    3.0 out of 5 stars Ok for a starter on the topic of Meth
    This book is ok if you are interested in the destruction that Meth causes, but have no current knowledge of it. Read more
    Published 7 months ago by F. Ayd
    5.0 out of 5 stars As hard to read as it is to put down
    Scott Thomas Anderson gives the reader a terrifying look into the world of what must surely be the most insidious drug known to man in this detailed and powerful book that is as... Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Max R. Tomlinson
    4.0 out of 5 stars meth
    tells a much more realistic tale of what meth actually does. It doesn't glamorize drug use. Anyone who is thinking of using meth should read this first
    Published 11 months ago by Susan M Rice
    5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read
    Learn the truth about methamphetamine's presence in our rural AND urban communities - a drug used by both rich and poor, despite stereotypes to the contrary. Read more
    Published 11 months ago by kk158462
    3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting subject, but a thin presentation
    Comes across as the re-telling of some war stories from local cops and social workers - padded out with flowerly "scene setting" introductions. Read more
    Published 11 months ago by J. Crandall
    4.0 out of 5 stars Scary stuff
    This is an eye opener into the world of Meth. Awful degredation to those who go down that road. I didn't realise Meth has been around for so long.
    Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
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