Jul 03, 2020
Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town
Posted by Nick Reding

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  • Title: Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town
  • Author: Nick Reding
  • ISBN: 9781596916500
  • Page: 217
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Methland The Death and Life of an American Small Town Will be shipped from US Used books may not include companion materials may have some shelf wear may contain highlighting notes may not include CDs or access codes % money back guarantee


    This book is about Oelwein, IA my hometown It s also about the meth epidemic in small towns throughout the U.S Meth is most prevalent in rural areas, where poor people cook up small batches in their kitchens Reding focuses much of the book on the period between 2005 2007 when meth coverage was at it s height in the media Reding also relates the history of methamphetamine use it was given to soldiers during WWII to keep them going for days without sleep or food and prescribed to housewives during [...]

    Nancy Oakes

    I m catching up on stuff today, and I realized I never posted about this book There is, of course, much than I ll say here atmy online reading journal otherwise Just to be clear here, this book is neither an expos nor a voyeuristic look into the lives of all of the meth addicts in this town, nor is there anything along the lines of say Breaking Bad here, so readers who are into that sort of thing should probably move along This book is serious business and deserves to be read as such.Methland i [...]


    This is not Radar O Reilly s Ottumwa, Iowa.This Ottumwa and neighboring Olwein, are now centers of meth production, creating pockets of vice and lawlessness in America s bucolic heartland There have been thousands of methamphetzmine labs seized in Iowa Drugs are normally thought of as a big city problem, but according to the author, ny of the towns of the rural United States are quite disconnected from the rest of the nation Poverty rates are higher, fewer people have achieved secondary levels o [...]


    I was expecting this to be an overview of the meth epidemic in America s small towns Instead, the author is specifically trying not to tell that story, but to go beyond and around it to expose the conditions in small town America that make its denizens susceptible to the twin evils of meth and despair Using the example of the town of Oelwein, IA, the author explores issues like education, employment, immigration, law enforcement, the DEA, the dearth of treatment programs, etc For such a short bo [...]


    This is of a 3 1 2 star rating I put my support behind Meghan and her undying, relentless campaign for a accurate 1 2 star, or even 1 4 rating system Listen up Or you re nerdy community will revolt.Apparently, after reading some reviews by some native Iowans is that what they call themselves there are a few factual inaccuracies throughout the book, such as Iowa City is not the largest city in Iowa, or that The University of Northern Iowa is in Cedar Falls, not Cedar Rapids For the most part, I [...]


    This book lingered far too long on Reding himself, and far too often it was him meditating on the fact he did research and traveled to Oelwein, as well as how his family is from the midwest But then there are the just plain wrong facts in the book University of Northern Iowa is not in Cedar Rapids it s in Cedar Falls Iowa City is NOT the largest city in Iowa like 5th and Iowa City is also not southwest of Oelwein almost due south, if not a bit southeast Those are just the quick ones How can we [...]


    The premise an in depth look at America s multifaceted relationship with meth, viewed mostly through the lens of one town Oelwein, IA and its addicts, public servants, and bystanders Nick Redding balances the specifics of this one small town against the broader forces engaged in the epidemic the global economy, American agriculture, immigration issues, DEA efforts, the pharmaceutical industry, cultural values, and government in action Methland has a slow, self important prologue that isn t quite [...]


    I m tempted to describe how the initial rush of the first chapter couldn t be replicated but that I still couldn t put the book down, and when finished I wound up cooking it and smoking it I know that s juvenile, but one of my favorite editors once said go with the gag when in doubt, so fuck it.This book has very good long term reporting about the international networks that have made meth American as apple pie, using a town in Iowa s struggles with the drug as a focal point At times I felt a bi [...]


    Methland The Death and Life of an American Small Town Nick Reding puts all of the pieces together in an excellent investigative book that exposes the complex and seemingly unstoppable forces behind the epidemic, while also revealing its human cost through individual stories that will make you hurt If you grew up in a small town, you know these people The heartland s struggle with meth addiction is largely rooted in a cataclysmic shift from small farm and ranch operations to corporate run centers [...]


    I went into this book hoping to gain an understanding of drug addiction, and in a way it gave me that There is no stronger message of the adverse affects of drugs on the mind and body than Roland Jarvis literally melting in the fire caused by his meth lab But Reding also does two things with this story of an addictive drug in a small town which is 1 attempting to really get at the root of the problem, the cause of this whole mess and 2 looking at the big picture and the overall consequences of m [...]


    Nick Reding begins Methland high in the sky over flyover country , the huge, flat expanse of land between the two coasts He subsequently zooms in, down into the communties and the lives of those affected by the social, political and economic trends that led formerly self sufficient communites and individuals to become hobbled and susceptible to a scourge both internal and external He zooms out again to examine these larger trends on a global scale and back in once to see how they affect the liv [...]


    Nick Reding has a nice literary style, which I appreciate in a non fiction book as it makes for less dry reading That s one of the redeeming qualities of this book, which was interesting but frankly didn t really bring that much insight to the table Okay, meth is bad, we all know that And drug addiction is horrible, drug cartels are evil and dangerous, and poverty tends to breed despair and thus drug use These are all well known facts and true of every addictive drug and every drug epidemic But [...]


    I ve been practicing criminal law for the past 18 years 8 years as an assistant district attorney and 10 years as a criminal defense attorney So, I ve had lots of hands on experience with meth cases I ve heard the law enforcement side and had many one on one conversations with users, dealers and cooks, but I still learned a lot of new information in this book This was a very interesting read regarding the big picture of how meth came into being, how it transformed from a legal drug to an illegal [...]


    Fantastically and unexpectedly comprehensive exploration of meth, from small town individuals to the global politics and channels that allow for and feed the industry Every time that I had a question about something mentioned in passing, it was satisfactorily answered within a few pages Exceedingly well paced Reding refreshingly never shies from presenting both sides of an issue or story, saving this book from coming across as a simplistically didactic cautionary morality play He respects nuance [...]

    Melissa Stacy

    I first read Methland The Death and Life of an American Small Town in 2010 Seven years later, this work of nonfiction remains as compelling and important a portrait of rural America as when the book was first published in 2009.Author Nick Reding tracks the history of meth use in America, in an attempt to study a problem that needs a solution Starting with the first creation of meth in Japan in 1919, through the heavy use of the drug in World War II, the widespread legalized prescriptions of meth [...]

    Joe Bolin

    Last year, I was excited to read Hillbilly Elegy since it purportedly explained the Trump phenomenon What were the reasons for his election Who were the voters who propelled him into the Presidency I didn t find my answers in J.D Vance s book, but they are definitely here in Methland illegal immigration, low wages, Big Agriculture, and Big Pharmaceuticals Nick Reding follows erratically several characters over the course of the book There are meth addicts, drug agents, a small town mayor, a gene [...]

    Mikey B.

    This examines a small town in Iowa called Oelwein and how it has changed, much for the worse, over the last thirty years.The author uses Oelwein as a microcosm of small town U.S.A and he does provide examples of other towns So to some extent he replaces our idyll of white picket fences with houses blowing up when the local methamphetamine producers home made lab goes awry We are provided with a very good historical overview of Oelwein where the large meat packing plant laid off substantial numbe [...]


    According to Nick Reding The argument I make in the book is very simple The harder it is for people to make money honestly, the easier it will be for an increasingly large portion to chose to make it dishonestly Reding does an excellent job of tying the prolific nature of meth in rural America into who we are as a nation and describing the path that we took to get there Reding primarily focuses on one town, Olewin, Iowa when telling his story, because it provided a good example of how over time, [...]


    It takes many, many villains to create a disaster on the scale of the world wide epidemic caused by meth The author takes on the familiar villains including but not limited to Mexican drug couriers, plus Big Pharma and its political protectors, both high and low who are damned not by overheated rhetoric but by the simple listing of the facts I was happy to see the author take on another type of villain, which thoughtful writers and journalists in the US today seem to shy away from, perhaps for f [...]


    Nick Reding s Methland works not just as a compassionate view of the human beings caught in the meth epidemic in America s heartland but as a sober review of the economic forces and policy choices that made agricultural communities the perfect victim for this kind of drug For the human side, Reding spends time with both community leaders the doctor, the prosecutor, and a visionary mayor and those who have profited from it Although profit is not really their ultimate fate, as the dealers and the [...]


    I keep reading books about meth, and I keep finding myself engrossed in the stories Methland starts where Beautiful Boy and Tweak leave off Those books are excruciating personal family stories, one written by the father David Sheff , one by the son Nic Sheff , about the son s addiction and the repercussions on the lives of the family members as well as the addict Set in California, they chronicle Nic s descent from healthy, successful college bound high school student to the life of an addict in [...]


    The importance of this book is summed up at the end when Reding notes that you can t solve a problem that you don t see Just before that, he watches a teacher and a tweaker go out of a door and realizes that neither of those people have any idea of the world of the other.I had that feeling as I read this book I knew that many in rural America have been hit by job losses caused by technology and, to some degree, by off shoring What I didn t realize is the devastation that has been wrought by the [...]


    This noteworthy book was certainly an eye opener for me My vision of midwest small town America was steeped in the stories of my mother s annual visits in the 1930 s from Chicago to her cousins who lived in northwest Iowa on a farm Yes, Iowa s small farm towns possessed all that is right and great with America hard work, simple but worthwhile lives, and a golden goodness When I traveled to Iowa for family reunion picnics in the 60 s, 70 s and into the 80 s little I saw would tarnish this idyllic [...]

    Alexa Poeter

    Graphic and disturbing account of how Methamphetamine rose in middle America in the 80 s 90 s Reding gets to the heart of the heartland s small town demise and addiction to Meth He supplies ample evidence of how economic, food and drug policies along with manufacturing and immigration trends not isolated from these same policies helped make the meth lab as common as McDonalds are across middle America We get to know the characters the law enforcement officials, the addicts, the dealers, the cook [...]

    Jen Hirt

    Many people are familiar with the meth scourge, but there are two new things at least to me offered in this book that make me recommend it First, Reding includes explanations of how lobbyists for the pharmaceutical industry weakened legislation, and how the cold medicine industry makes a phenomenal profit off of meth Second, he also shows how the decline of local industry and America s insatiable appetite, literally, for cheap meat led to a rise in meth in the midwest Those are just two small pa [...]


    A native midwesterner, Reding spent a few years imbedded in the small town of Oelwein, Iowa, reporting on its meth epidemic and teasing out larger conclusions about small town, largely midwest meth.There are quite a few fascinating tidbits similar to the Wire, Reding writes the good guys as being flawed people, with alcohol problems and intimacy issues, and some of those who are methed out as being good people who took a wrong path Occasionally this results in repetition the same story is told i [...]


    The content of this book, enormously important to understanding the misfortunes of middle America and the root causes of a horrifying drug epidemic, merit five stars Reding s journalistic instincts and nuanced coverage of the issues surrounding meth abuse make for a shocking and richly informative book He s clearly a talented writer, but runs into some difficulties executing a book length work I would compare it to a movie with too many montages or monologues There are times when Reding indulges [...]


    Meth is killing small citiesMeth is a larger problem than small cities have resources to address the crisis.The book does a nice job of explaining how meth insinuates itself into the work flows of small rural communities, and how the exodus of living wage jobs are paving the way for an indolent under utilized population of users Like most drugs tales, interdiction is of limited utility at best, as much larger Mexican cartels have moved in to corporatize what were formally mom and pop local meth [...]


    While this work contains much important information, it suffers from too much tangential rambling A small amount of that is alright in any nonfiction exploratory social piece, but the writer does go a bit overboard with it at times.The parallels Reding draws between the job loss wage slash situation and the upswing in meth use manufacturing are great and very valid the links he makes between illegal immigration and the same are somewhat valid but a bit stretched in proportion.Overall, is a good [...]


    This book was obviously written by a dude And this dude is secretly really into an idealistic fantasy of small towns, but he knows the whole meth epidemic thing goes against that, so he tells the reader he doesn t believe in it But i ve enjoyed the book Amongst all the bro ing it up with the locals, he tells a really interesting story of the social, economic, psychological, etc, aspects of meth in small town america It sort of makes me never want to go to a small town Everyone knows everyone els [...]

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