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The Naked Truth About Drugs Hardcover – 2004
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The Naked Truth About Drugs by Daniel Williams examines the social history of drugs in United States. Daniel frames his discussion within events from his own life, and his place within society throughout drug culture history.
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Top Customer Reviews
The author and I share worlds of experience, and I am happy that he instead of myself has written the book, though in some eventual retirement I suppose I would have taken the time to do the well-documented research he has done here.
Drugs-- particularly the recreational/transcendental, non-lethal kinds-- are derided as toys and distractions for hippies and slackers, and legally proscribed with the same zeal as we-- yeah, I'm a US citizen and must say "we," as I must say it when Hillary Clinton is elected president, even though I didn't vote for her-- proscribe the death drugs.
Williams' work studies the reasonability of legalization through a study, sometimes devolving into personal reminiscence, of each substance. His chapter on LSD resonated the most for me. His arguments regarding heroin and certain other things-- well, they are thought-provoking; I don't know whether I agree, but this book is worth purchasing, or repurchasing.
Logic screams that we should end the drug war. We have tried it long enough. It continues costing us and killing us. But when the only argument that logic offers is that "Things can't get any worse" there is that knawing feeling that maybe they can get worse.
Williams in this book dispells that concern. The history he presents can be verified and his experience with drugs is first hand. The book adds facts to what logic has been yelling.
My only complaint about this work was that there were no citations for his figures. I do not doubt Mr. Williams but it would have been nice to know what he was referencing (he does make a few references, but not many) so that I could do further research or use his book for academic citations.
Remember, government has no authority over free men, only criminals. If the goal is authority, government must create as many criminals as possible.
PS - Kudos to Daniel for the bravery it took to pose for the cover photo. Not sure I could have done that. :)
I enjoyed how he brings you from the beginning of drug use to present day as well as how drugs played a part of his life.
A book that continues to linger with you as you debate in your own mind the morals of drug use agianst it's legalization to decrease crime.