American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts (Hardcover)
A comprehensive portrait of a uniquely American epidemic--devastating in its findings and damning in its conclusions
About the Author
Chris McGreal is a reporter for the Guardian and former journalist at the BBC. He was the Guardian's correspondent in Johannesburg, Jerusalem and Washington DC, and now writes from across the United States.
He has won several awards including for his reporting of the genocide in Rwanda, coverage of Israel/Palestine, and for writing on the impact of economic recession in modern America. He received the James Cameron prize for "work as a journalist that has combined moral vision and professional integrity". He was awarded the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism for reporting that "penetrated the established version of events and told an unpalatable truth".
He is a former merchant seaman.
"American Overdose confirms Chris
McGreal's stature as one of the truly essential reporters of our times. It is
- in its investigative depth and documentary breadth - a riveting and urgent
reckoning of colossal corruption that has taken such a staggering toll on
twenty-first century American life."
—Philip Gourevitch, author of We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families
"In this gripping account, McGreal exposes the avarice and corruption that caused one of the most shocking crises in American history. A searing expose full of extraordinary characters - heroes, villains and victims."—Katty Kay, contributor MSNBC Morning Joe, presenter BBC World News America
"McGreal shows how the overdose crisis was driven by the pursuit of profits, not just drugs-both of which combine our instinctive craving for pleasure with our evolving capacity for denial and deceit. Fascinating, disturbing, impressively researched and elegantly written."—Marc Lewis, author of The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction is Not a Disease
"A deftly researched
account of America's opioid epidemic. McGreal's book is authoritative in tone
and vernacular in style....[A] powerful narrative."—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
readable chronicle, which names names and pulls no punches, clearly and
compassionately illuminates the evolution of America's mass addiction
problem."—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"McGreal, an award-winning journalist, presents this grim cautionary tale of opioids, greed, and addiction in three acts: 'Dealing,' 'Hooked,' and Withdrawal'.... McGreal goes on to successfully address the question of how the greatest drug epidemic in history grew largely unchecked for nearly two decades....What can be done to reverse this? McGreal's powerfully stated indictment is a start."—Booklist, Starred Review
and excellent."—--The Straight Dope, Medium.com
"[A] powerful encapsulation of that epidemic....a
timely examination of hard-won lessons."—Nature
"Staggering... Zola-esque in its dark twists and turns."—Ed Vulliamy, Literary Review
searing book... Appalachian accents and anger steam off the page."—The Sunday Times
like a white-collar The Wire, with a cast of characters determined to exact as
much money as possible regardless of the human cost."—The Observer
"An engaging, cogently
argued book."—Evening Standard