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"Shattered Lives deserves to be viewed as much as read, and it is the sort of book that needs to be displayed on everybody's coffee table rather than put away on a bookshelf. Ideally, this book will get the public response it so well deserves." -- Paul Armentano, The Leaflet, Dec. 3, 1998
"Shattered Lives is a must - a wake-up call to every American. The book is beautifully designed with photographs and stories of ordinary people caught in the web of drug war excesses. Show it to people who think we need a drug war! Compare the 'crimes' with the punishments. See how freedom and justice vanish from America. For each person caught, a whole family suffers. A great gift idea." -- Clifton Thorton, Efficacy, November 1998
"Shattered Lives pages are bursting with pictures and sidebars. The designers have done a nice job. If only high schools were using it as a workbook. (A replacement for DARE, perhaps?) It was written for and in part by the poor souls devoured by the war on drugs. Many of the sidebars were written by current inmates. Their accounts and accompanying photographs are touching, to say the least.
"It dawned on me after finishing Shattered Lives that the way to end the drug war was right there in those pictures. All those families torn apart, all those innocent people steamrolled by the government. The government is creating the enemy army right now. Once enough people are victimized, it's only a matter of time before this army starts to march." -- Jonathan Ellis, Liberty magazine, February 1999
"Shattered Lives is an incredible book. I challenge anyone to read it and not be moved, both emotionally and intellectually." -- Louie Free, WASN radio personality, Youngstown OH, Dec. 13, 1998
"An everyman's edition of People magazine. Clearly written and concisely structured, the book's ten chapters rely on photographs to help tell the subjects' stories. The pictures, both color and black-and white, show warm and compassionate human faces attesting to the otherwise cold hard facts of the Drug War's inhumanity. The snapshots prove that Drug War prisoners of war belie criminal stereotypes. Sure, there are a few youthful Deadheads and dreadlocked Rastas, but suburban soccer moms, grandma and grandpa types and plenty of blue-collar workers also find themselves behind bars, mainly because of mandatory sentencing laws.
"Not only do the short profiles of each defendant keep the reader browsing along at a quick clip, humor also reiterates the human element in Shattered Lives, with section headings such as "Urine the Money," an expose of the burgeoning drug testing industry." -- Russ Tarby, Syracuse New Times, Nov. 4-11, 1998
"An intelligent and thorough new book by Mikki Norris, Chris Conrad and Virginia Resner, Shattered Lives lays it all out and provides plenty of food for thought." -- Joanne Forman, New Unionist, Minneapolis MN, Dec. 1998
Mikki Norris has done a remarkable job with her book, "Shattered Lives". Though irredeemably heart-rendering, it is the book I had always wanted to write. Read morePublished on April 13, 2006 by Ann S. Chontos
Shattered Lives is an excellent read for both those who already know that the "War on Drugs" is a failure as well as those who need to know. Read morePublished on December 14, 1999 by Mark Greer
Shattered Lives is a well-researched and highly moving account of the many severe human rights abuses of the Drug War in America. Read morePublished on December 13, 1999 by Julia Bono
I ran into this book though the internet and expected a thought provoking read on an issue with which I was not familiar. Read morePublished on November 24, 1999 by R. Spell
"Shattered Lives" is an extremely dynamic and powerful book. Unlike many other excellent books that have been written about America's depraved, pathetic,obscene, and... Read morePublished on November 1, 1999 by Gordon C. Wilson
One of the main difficulties in selling the drug policy reform message to Americans has been the lack of an appealing poster child" who might evoke the public's sympathy - and... Read morePublished on June 26, 1999 by Nicolas Eyle
Shattered Lives, authored by long-time activists Mikki Norris, Chris Conrad and Virginia Resner, grew out of the Human Rights and the Drug War exhibit, first unveiled as... Read morePublished on March 3, 1999