CBC Book for 2017-18: Chasing the Scream

Prayers for the Stolen book coverDrugs are not what we think they are, Addiction is not what we think it is. And the war on drugs is not what we have been told. Journalist Johann Hari set out to understand the impact of drugs--on his own family and on our society. His questions fueled a three-year, thirty-thousand-mile journey, reporting and listening to stories all over the world.

Chasing the Scream tells those stories---of how the man who launched the war on drugs killed Billie Holiday; of a transgender crack dealer in Brooklyn searching for his mother; and of the country that has decriminalized all drugs, from cannabis to crack, with remarkable results. You will never see the war on drugs--or addiction--in the same way again.

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Each year the college selects a book that it recommends to the community.

Students are urged to read the book and faculty members are encouraged to include it in their courses. A series of cultural and academic activities—film screenings, theatrical performances, dance and musical concerts, debates, panel discussions, and lectures—are organized to support the project

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