The breaking news reports on Tuesday were that a car exploded in the vicinity of the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls. I had two initial reactions, both of which turned out to be false, but I was smart enough not to share them because I wanted more information. Often, especially when dealing with breaking news, the smartest replies are “I don’t know” and “Insufficient data”.
I bet you expected a Georgia indictments article; well, I’ll spare you that, (for a few days anyway). Today I’d like to take a look at a pending case before the Supreme Court. I’m not sure whether that is good news or not; I just want to explore.
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!
By the way the Holiday is falling this is the closest publishing date prior to Christmas so today I’m going to do my annual mythical gifts to a handful of progressives. In no particular order, here we go.
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.