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Methland : the death and life of an American small town
Reding, Nick.
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First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Bloomsbury, [2009]

Physical Description:
x, 255 pages ; 25 cm
The dramatic story of the methamphetamine epidemic of the 1980s as it sweeps the American heartland--a moving, very human account of one community's attempt to battle its way to a brighter future. Crystal meth is widely considered the world's most dangerous drug, but especially so in the small towns of the American heartland. Journalist Reding tells the story of Oelwein, Iowa (pop. 6,159), which, like thousands of other small towns, has been left in the dust by the consolidation of the agricultural industry, a depressed local economy, and an out-migration of people. As if this weren't enough, an incredibly cheap, longlasting, and highly addictive drug has rolled into town. Over a period of four years, journalist Nick Reding brings us into the heart of Oelwein, tracing the connections between the lives touched by the drug and the global forces that set the stage for the epidemic.--From publisher description.
Kant's lament -- The most American drug -- The inland empire -- Family -- The Do Drop Inn -- Mirror imaging -- The cop shop -- Waterloo -- The inland empire, part two -- Las flores -- Algona -- El Paso -- Disconnected states -- Kant's redemption -- Independence.
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