Category : Interviews

List of Interviewees

This is a list of people I interviewed for the book, and a short description of who they are. Where the interviews are marked with an asterisk,...

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Footnotes

Endnotes The book has extensive end-notes explaining all my sources, and the book’s methods. In a few places in the end-notes, I reference...

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Conclusion: If You Are Alone

Bevan Dufty is Billie Holiday’s godson. Here he describes a moment of realization: Juan Fraire Escobedo recalls his mother’s...

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18: High Noon

Colorado and Washington State have both legalized marijuana, after victory in referenda. This chapter is the story of the people who led this fight...

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17: The Man in the Well

Jose Mujica was kept at the bottom of a well for nearly three years by the Uruguyan dictatorship in the 1980s. He emerged to lead his country – and...

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16: The Spirit of ’74

Fourteen years ago, Portugal decriminalized all drugs – from cannabis to crack. This chapter is the story of Dr Joao Goulao, the extraordinary...

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15: Snowfall and Strengthening

In the early 1980s, a doctor called John Marks was posted to Merseyside, and began to massively expand a program that prescribed heroin to addicts....

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14: The Addicts’ Uprising

In the year 2000, a homeless drug addict on the streets of Vancouver was watching his friends die all around him. He started an uprising – one that...

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13: Batman’s Bad Call

This is the story of a scientist who discovered the biggest cause of addiction, in a startling experiment that blew my mind, and I suspect will blow...

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12: Terminal City

This is the story of a baby who was smuggled out of the Holocaust and grew up – partly because of that experience – to discover one of the key...

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