Jennifer Reese
July 23, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

No Speed Limit

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Frank Owen
publisher
St. Martin's Press
genre
Nonfiction, Self-Help and Psychology

We gave it an A+

In the introduction to No Speed Limit, his thorough and brisk history of methamphetamine use in America, journalist Frank Owen describes his own brief flirtation with the narcotic in the 1980s: ”Meth, I managed to convince myself, was a valuable vocational aid, a tool of the trade like a good thesaurus or a supply of freshly sharpened pencils.” Firsthand experience makes Owen a credible commentator. He describes the superhuman energy that accompanies a meth high, a Tennessee day care that doubled as a meth lab, and the stimulant’s role in gay culture. Throughout, he gently deflates alarmist rhetoric (”Meth is Death”), but never downplays the havoc the drug can wreak. B+

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