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3 Books Leading Toward An Answer

I’m a believer in continuous education. In that spirit and taking advantage of my Phase II retirement status I am reading more than ever the last few years. I spend a good part of my day reading and writing. One of the topics I don’t spend nearly enough time writing about is America’s opioid crisis. Three books have taught me a lot about it and made me reexamine my own prejudices. Please continue!

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SPECIAL NOTICE – RECOMMENDED READING ADDITION

I just added Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty by: Patrick Radden Keefe to the Recommended Reading List.

This is a 30,000 foot view of the opioid crisis in America centered around the family most responsible for it.  Radden combines the factual accuracy of a Jane Mayer, colorful antidotes and an almost Erik Larson ability to make non-fiction read like a compelling novel.

Combined with Beth Macy’s Dopesick  this book will give you sufficient information on the opioid crisis.

Last Minute Gift? Give Knowledge

When I talk to young people I tell them if by the time they are forty years old when they look in the mirror if they don’t see their best teacher they did something wrong. I’m not going to sell math short and I agree with the emphasis put on STEM but reading is far and away the most important academic skill. Basically, if you can read you can teach yourself almost anything. Continue reading Last Minute Gift? Give Knowledge

Posteriors In Prison

There have been a few notable versions of the Two Americas speech in recent political history. Barack Obama’s 2004 keynote address to the Democratic National Convention in Boston arguably enabled his presidency.   It is a different “two Americas” that I want to write about today. Let’s explore. Continue reading Posteriors In Prison