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TO BE FILMED FOR NATIONAL TELEVISION, Ryan Grim, "This is Your Country on Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High in America"

GrimEverything we know about drugs-from acid to epidemics to DARE and saliva-turns out to be wrong . . .

Stock up on munchies, line up your water bottles, and join us for an evening with journalist Ryan Grim as he takes us on a cross-country tour of illicit drug use in the U.S.-from the agony (the huge DEA bust of an acid lab in an abandoned missile silo in Kansas) to the ecstasy (hallucinogens at raves and music festivals). Along the way, Grim discovers some surprising truths. Did anti-drug campaigns actually encourage more drug use? Did acid really disappear in the early 2000s? And did meth peak years ago?

Did our Founding Fathers-or, better yet, their wives-get high just as much as we do? Not since Eric Schlosser took readers underground to marijuana's black market in Reefer Madness has a reporter trained such a keen eye on drugs and culture. Grim weaves a story based on solid reporting and wide-ranging research. This Is Your Country on Drugs explores our country's long and twisted relationship with drugs-but also asks readers to reflect on what it means to be an American.

Ryan Grim is the senior congressional correspondent for, and has written and reported widely for Politico, Slate, Rolling Stone, Harper's, and the Washington Post.
Event date: 
Friday, July 17, 2009 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
Back Pages Books
289 Moody Street
02453 Waltham
ISBN: 9780470167397
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Wiley (TP) - June 2009

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