The Least of Us

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Sam Quinones is a journalist, storyteller, former LA Times reporter, and author of three acclaimed books of narrative nonfiction, including New York Times bestseller and National Book Critics Circle Award winner Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic. The most original writer on Mexico and the border (San Francisco Chronicle), he lives with his family in Southern California.

This layered chronicle traces how methamphetamine and fentanyl became scourges of American life. . . . Quinones places the narrative in a range of illuminating contexts, including the brain chemistry of addiction; how an overdose in Akron, Ohio, led investigators to dealers based in China; and the decline of America's deindustrializing towns and cities. - The New Yorker