The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth

The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth

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Apple Best Books of 2021 * Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Nonfiction * Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal * Shortlisted for the Zocalo Book Prize

From the New York Times bestselling author of Dreamland, a searing follow-up that explores the terrifying next stages of the opioid epidemic and the quiet yet ardent stories of community repair.


Sam Quinones traveled from Mexico to main streets across the U.S. to create Dreamland, a groundbreaking portrait of the opioid epidemic that awakened the nation. As the nation struggled to put back the pieces, Quinones was among the first to see the dangers that lay ahead: synthetic drugs and a new generation of kingpins whose product could be made in Magic Bullet blenders. In fentanyl, traffickers landed a painkiller a hundred times more powerful than morphine. They laced it into cocaine, meth, and counterfeit pills to cause tens of thousands of deaths—at the same time as Mexican traffickers made methamphetamine cheaper and more potent than ever, creating, Sam argues, swaths of mental illness and a surge in homelessness across the United States.

Quinones hit the road to investigate these new threats, discovering how addiction is exacerbated by consumer-product corporations. “In a time when drug traffickers act like corporations and corporations like traffickers,” he writes, “our best defense, perhaps our only defense, lies in bolstering community.” Amid a landscape of despair, Quinones found hope in those embracing the forgotten and ignored, illuminating the striking truth that we are only as strong as our most vulnerable.

Weaving analysis of the drug trade into stories of humble communities, The Least of Us delivers an unexpected and awe-inspiring response to the call that shocked the nation in Sam Quinones’s award-winning Dreamland.

Title:The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth
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    The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth Reviews

  • Michelle

    The Least of Us: True Tales True Tales of America and Hope in the time of Fentanyl and Meth (2021) is the incisive follow-up to Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic (2015) written b...

  • Jim

    This is a book every American should read whether they live in cities being overrun by the homeless on meth or opioids or whether they live in the country where much the same phenomenon is occurring. ...

  • Morgan Blackledge

    I have been working as a therpaist in addiction recovery in Los Angeles for the past decade.I began my career working in a methadone clinic in South LA. The clinic was mostly African American and Lati...

  • Holly

    This review comes a good two months before the publication date because I received an eBook Advanced Reader Copy. Sam Quinones is an amazing journalist and storyteller. On November 8, 2017 I was able ...

  • Lawrence Grandpre

    The author seems deeply emotionally connected to the suffering of addicts and the pain caused by overdose deaths. However, this book crosses the line from fairly "reporting" what people say about addi...

  • fer_reads

    ** I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway. ** What a roller coaster of emotions this was! I don’t think I’ve ever read a nonfiction book that has made me feel sad, afraid, shocked, furious, int...

  • Debbie

    Quinones does a great job of explaining how many in our society succumbed to fentanyl and meth - often accidentally and too often fatally. There are many to blame for the opioid epidemic - from pharma...

  • Rosemary

    The Least of Us by Sam Quinones is an insightful follow up to his previous book, Dreamland. Whereas the previous book focused on opium and heroin, this book explores how fentanyl and methamphetamine h...

  • Penny Adrian

    Compassionate urgently important book about "the least of us" in America.Those who demand simplistic answers (like "Defund the Police" or "Legalize Drugs") will find themselves deeply challenged by th...

  • Pete

    The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth (2021) by Sam Quinones is a gripping revelation of how hard drugs in the US have changed over the past 15 years. Quinon...