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Posted: April 1, 2014 in Uncategorized


Straight Dope: A 360 degree look into American Drug Culture is free for Kindle at NOW!!!


Reviews of Straight Dope:


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
***I received a free copy in exchange for a book review***

I enjoyed this 8 chapter book; it was a fast read. The author interviewed several people in hopes of finding out the answer to: “Why are drugs so entrenched in American way of life?” Most of the interviewees were from San Diego, California. When their real life experiences were revealed, it was written in first person as though they were talking directly to readers.

My favorite lines: 1) Be careful with your life, it’s short. 2) When people talk about drugs, two things come to mind: exaggeration and misinformation. 3) I am not going to rely on a supernatural entity to take responsibility for my life. It’s like saying Santa Claus is going to keep me clean.

I’m one of those easygoing readers who don’t mind typos or grammatical errors as long as the story is very interesting; however, the errors in this book got distracting after a while-it seemed like there were typos on every other page.

There were eight sections to the book: discussing drug dealers, users, people who died from their addiction, if marijuana should be legalized, criminals behind bars, teachers dealing with abused students (the most intriguing section for me), people in rehab who recovered from their addiction, and family members dealing with an addict.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

Format:Kindle Edition
The discussion about drugs has been going on for quite some time, mainly driven by the drug busts we hear about on the news or the stories of how they have ravaged the lives of individuals. The question that arises, however, is does that tell the whole story? LeRon Barton would say no, and it is for that reason that his book STRAIGHT DOPE is so fascinating.

Taking powerful interviews and poetic commentaries and bringing them together, Barton adds another dimension to the discussion about drugs, who benefits and how we are all impacted by the decisions of others.

I was really intrigued by what some of the individuals interviewed in the book had to say about how their selling and/or using drugs affected them. They know it is illegal but they have made up their own minds as to why it is ok to proceed, even knowing the risk. There are even individuals who wonder if it should be illegal at or just regulated. Again, points are made to show why that should be a part of the discussion, but I think readers will have to decide for themselves whether they are legitimate arguments.

One of the most powerful points made in the book STRAIGHT DOPE is that life if full of choices. Once you make your choice, however, it is up to you to be able to deal with the consequences.

4.0 out of 5 stars Highlights the Humanity of a Misunderstood Population, May 6, 2013
This review is from: Straight Dope: A 360 degree look into American drug culture (Kindle Edition)
As a former counselor for people with substance problems, I have strong opinions about drug use and addiction and even stronger opinions about the U.S.’s unproductive discourse about drug use and addiction. I was skeptical when I received my review copy of Straight Dope. I was in for a happy surprise. The oral histories in this book capture the voices I remember: proud, remorseful, sometimes oddly casual – definitely human. It’s a quick read that packs a punch. LeRon Barton has done a great job in making his subjects comfortable enough to reveal themselves, and in arranging their stories to paint a clear picture of a complicated set of affairs.

No matter where you stand on the discussion of what is or is not a drug or what should or should not be legal I think this is a book that is worth your time, your consideration and your input.


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