Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic

4.26 avg rating
( 12,164 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781620402528: Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Winner of the NBCC Award for General Nonfiction

Named on Amazon's Best Books of the Year 2015--Michael Botticelli, U.S. Drug Czar (Politico) Favorite Book of the Year--Angus Deaton, Nobel Prize Economics (Bloomberg/WSJ) Best Books of 2015--Matt Bevin, Governor of Kentucky (WSJ) Books of the Year--Slate.com's 10 Best Books of 2015--Entertainment Weekly's 10 Best Books of 2015 --Buzzfeed's 19 Best Nonfiction Books of 2015--The Daily Beast's Best Big Idea Books of 2015--Seattle Times' Best Books of 2015--Boston Globe's Best Books of 2015--St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Best Books of 2015--The Guardian's The Best Book We Read All Year--Audible's Best Books of 2015--Texas Observer's Five Books We Loved in 2015--Chicago Public Library's Best Nonfiction Books of 2015

From a small town in Mexico to the boardrooms of Big Pharma to main streets nationwide, an explosive and shocking account of addiction in the heartland of America.

In 1929, in the blue-collar city of Portsmouth, Ohio, a company built a swimming pool the size of a football field; named Dreamland, it became the vital center of the community. Now, addiction has devastated Portsmouth, as it has hundreds of small rural towns and suburbs across America--addiction like no other the country has ever faced. How that happened is the riveting story of Dreamland.

With a great reporter's narrative skill and the storytelling ability of a novelist, acclaimed journalist Sam Quinones weaves together two classic tales of capitalism run amok whose unintentional collision has been catastrophic. The unfettered prescribing of pain medications during the 1990s reached its peak in Purdue Pharma's campaign to market OxyContin, its new, expensive--extremely addictive--miracle painkiller. Meanwhile, a massive influx of black tar heroin--cheap, potent, and originating from one small county on Mexico's west coast, independent of any drug cartel--assaulted small town and mid-sized cities across the country, driven by a brilliant, almost unbeatable marketing and distribution system. Together these phenomena continue to lay waste to communities from Tennessee to Oregon, Indiana to New Mexico.

Introducing a memorable cast of characters--pharma pioneers, young Mexican entrepreneurs, narcotics investigators, survivors, and parents--Quinones shows how these tales fit together. Dreamland is a revelatory account of the corrosive threat facing America and its heartland.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

An Amazon Best Book of April 2015: The rise of OxyContin addiction and subsequent heroin use has been much in the news lately as we try to make sense of what is happening in suburban and small town America. Sam Quinones’ Dreamland takes a multifaceted approach to the subject, profiling people from all walks of life, ranging from citizens of impoverished Mexican ranchos to young affluent white athletes, all cogs in the wheel of the latest drug epidemic. Unlike the crack cocaine phenomenon of the 1980s, today’s widespread opiate addiction has roots in the prescription pads of certified physicians and the marketing machine of Big Pharma. When the addict, forced by availability and economics, transitions to heroin he is met by a new breed of entrepreneurial drug dealers who are only too happy to take calls and make deliveries. The changing landscape of small town America, along with science, opportunity, shame, and of course greed, all play a role here and to see the puzzle come together, one comprehensible piece at a time, is as fascinating as it is unsettling.-- Seira Wilson

About the Author:

Sam Quinones is a journalist, author and storyteller whose two acclaimed books of narrative nonfiction about Mexico and Mexican immigration made him, according to the SF Chronicle Book Review, "the most original writer on Mexico and the border."

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9781620402504: Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  1620402505 ISBN 13:  9781620402504
Publisher: Bloomsbury Press, 2015
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Quinones Sam
Published by MacMillan Publishers
ISBN 10: 1620402521 ISBN 13: 9781620402528
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description MacMillan Publishers. Condition: New. Brand New. Seller Inventory # 1620402521

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 9.42
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.60
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Quinones, Sam
Published by St Martins Pr (2016)
ISBN 10: 1620402521 ISBN 13: 9781620402528
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description St Martins Pr, 2016. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # VV-9781620402528

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 9.11
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Sam Quinones
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, United States (2016)
ISBN 10: 1620402521 ISBN 13: 9781620402528
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, United States, 2016. Paperback. Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English . Brand New Book. Winner of the NBCC Award for General Nonfiction Named on Amazon s Best Books of the Year 2015--Michael Botticelli, U.S. Drug Czar (Politico) Favorite Book of the Year--Angus Deaton, Nobel Prize Economics (Bloomberg/WSJ) Best Books of 2015--Matt Bevin, Governor of Kentucky (WSJ) Books of the s 10 Best Books of 2015--Entertainment Weekly s 10 Best Books of 2015 --Buzzfeed s 19 Best Nonfiction Books of 2015--The Daily Beast s Best Big Idea Books of 2015--Seattle Times Best Books of 2015--Boston Globe s Best Books of 2015--St. Louis Post-Dispatch s Best Books of 2015--The Guardian s The Best Book We Read All Year--Audible s Best Books of 2015--Texas Observer s Five Books We Loved in 2015--Chicago Public Library s Best Nonfiction Books of 2015 From a small town in Mexico to the boardrooms of Big Pharma, an explosive and shocking account of addiction and black tar heroin in the heartland of America. In 1929, in the blue-collar city of Portsmouth, Ohio, a company built a swimming pool the size of a football field; named Dreamland, it became the vital center of the community. Now, addiction has devastated Portsmouth, as it has hundreds of small rural towns and suburbs across America--addiction like no other the country has ever faced. How that happened is the riveting story of Dreamland. With a great reporter s narrative skill and the storytelling ability of a novelist, acclaimed journalist Sam Quinones weaves together two classic tales of capitalism run amok whose unintentional collision has been catastrophic. The unfettered prescribing of pain medications during the 1990s reached its peak in Purdue Pharma s campaign to market OxyContin, its new, expensive--extremely addictive--miracle painkiller. Meanwhile, a massive influx of black tar heroin--cheap, potent, and originating from one small county on Mexico s west coast, independent of any drug cartel--assaulted small town and mid-sized cities across the country, driven by a brilliant, almost unbeatable marketing and distribution system. Together these phenomena continue to lay waste to communities from Tennessee to Oregon, Indiana to New Mexico. Introducing a memorable cast of characters--pharma pioneers, young Mexican entrepreneurs, narcotics investigators, survivors, and parents--Quinones shows how these tales fit together. Dreamland is a revelatory account of the corrosive threat facing America and its heartland. Seller Inventory # AA79781620402528

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 13.56
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Quinones, Sam
Published by St Martins Pr (2016)
ISBN 10: 1620402521 ISBN 13: 9781620402528
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description St Martins Pr, 2016. PAP. Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # IB-9781620402528

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 9.84
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Sam Quinones
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, United States (2016)
ISBN 10: 1620402521 ISBN 13: 9781620402528
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, United States, 2016. Paperback. Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English . Brand New Book. Winner of the NBCC Award for General Nonfiction Named on Amazon s Best Books of the Year 2015--Michael Botticelli, U.S. Drug Czar (Politico) Favorite Book of the Year--Angus Deaton, Nobel Prize Economics (Bloomberg/WSJ) Best Books of 2015--Matt Bevin, Governor of Kentucky (WSJ) Books of the s 10 Best Books of 2015--Entertainment Weekly s 10 Best Books of 2015 --Buzzfeed s 19 Best Nonfiction Books of 2015--The Daily Beast s Best Big Idea Books of 2015--Seattle Times Best Books of 2015--Boston Globe s Best Books of 2015--St. Louis Post-Dispatch s Best Books of 2015--The Guardian s The Best Book We Read All Year--Audible s Best Books of 2015--Texas Observer s Five Books We Loved in 2015--Chicago Public Library s Best Nonfiction Books of 2015 From a small town in Mexico to the boardrooms of Big Pharma, an explosive and shocking account of addiction and black tar heroin in the heartland of America. In 1929, in the blue-collar city of Portsmouth, Ohio, a company built a swimming pool the size of a football field; named Dreamland, it became the vital center of the community. Now, addiction has devastated Portsmouth, as it has hundreds of small rural towns and suburbs across America--addiction like no other the country has ever faced. How that happened is the riveting story of Dreamland. With a great reporter s narrative skill and the storytelling ability of a novelist, acclaimed journalist Sam Quinones weaves together two classic tales of capitalism run amok whose unintentional collision has been catastrophic. The unfettered prescribing of pain medications during the 1990s reached its peak in Purdue Pharma s campaign to market OxyContin, its new, expensive--extremely addictive--miracle painkiller. Meanwhile, a massive influx of black tar heroin--cheap, potent, and originating from one small county on Mexico s west coast, independent of any drug cartel--assaulted small town and mid-sized cities across the country, driven by a brilliant, almost unbeatable marketing and distribution system. Together these phenomena continue to lay waste to communities from Tennessee to Oregon, Indiana to New Mexico. Introducing a memorable cast of characters--pharma pioneers, young Mexican entrepreneurs, narcotics investigators, survivors, and parents--Quinones shows how these tales fit together. Dreamland is a revelatory account of the corrosive threat facing America and its heartland. Seller Inventory # AA79781620402528

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 14.00
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Quinones, Sam
Published by Bloomsbury Press
ISBN 10: 1620402521 ISBN 13: 9781620402528
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 15
Seller:
Lakeside Books
(Benton Harbor, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Bloomsbury Press. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 1620402521 BRAND NEW, GIFT QUALITY! NOT OVERSTOCKS OR MARKED UP REMAINDERS! DIRECT FROM THE PUBLISHER!|0.8. Seller Inventory # OTF-S-9781620402528

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 10.98
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Quinones, Sam
Published by Bloomsbury Press
ISBN 10: 1620402521 ISBN 13: 9781620402528
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Qwestbooks COM LLC
(Bensalem, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Bloomsbury Press. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 1620402521. Seller Inventory # Z1620402521ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 15.02
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

Quinones, Sam
Published by Bloomsbury Press
ISBN 10: 1620402521 ISBN 13: 9781620402528
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Best Bates
(Bensalem, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Bloomsbury Press. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 1620402521. Seller Inventory # Z1620402521ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 15.02
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

9.

Quinones, Sam
Published by Bloomsbury Press
ISBN 10: 1620402521 ISBN 13: 9781620402528
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Bookhouse COM LLC
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Bloomsbury Press. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 1620402521. Seller Inventory # Z1620402521ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 15.02
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

10.

Quinones, Sam
Published by Bloomsbury Press
ISBN 10: 1620402521 ISBN 13: 9781620402528
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BookShop4U
(PHILADELPHIA, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Bloomsbury Press. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 1620402521. Seller Inventory # Z1620402521ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 15.02
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book