METHLAND (2009)

NICK REDING


"Methland tells a story less about crime than about the death of an iconic way of life." – Details

"What's most impressive about Methland is not only the wealth of information it provides but the depth of Reding's compassion for the individuals meth has touched: the heroes, the helpless witnesses, the innocent victims--and even the perpetrators--of this American crisis." – Francine Prose, O Magazine

"A powerful work of reportage. . . a clear-eyed look at a scourge that continues to afflict wide swaths of American society--whether we want to acknowledge it or not." – Cleveland Plain Dealer

"'Vicious cycle' is not an adequate term. As Reding painstakingly presents it, the production, distribution and consumption of methamphetamine is a self-catalyzing catastrophe of Chernobyl-ish dimensions. The rich, with their far-off, insulated lives, get richer and more detached, while the poor get high, and finally, wasted." – Walter Kirn, New York Times Book Review

"Methland is a stunning look at a problem that has dire consequences for our country." – New York Post

"The strength of Methland lies in its character studies. As a social problem, meth is dull and intractable, as are all such problems; reduced, or rather elevated, to the individual level, it is piercing and poignant. Mr. Reding's heart is in the right place." – Wall Street Journal

"Reding's group portrait of Oelwein's residents is nuanced and complex in a way that journalists' depictions of the rural Midwest rarely are; he has a keen eye for details." – Washington Monthly

"Through scrupulous reporting and fierce moral engagement, Reding conveys the tragedy of the meth epidemic on both a mirco- and macroscopic level." – Village Voice

"Methland makes the case that small-town America is perhaps not the moral and hard-working place of the public imagination, but it also argues that big-city ignorance--fueled by the media--toward small town decay is both dangerous and appalling." – Washington Post

"This is a strong book, and it tells a complicated story in comprehensible, human dimensions. Like all good journalism, it's the hand holding up the mirror, the friend telling us to take a cold, hard look at ourselves." – Los Angeles Times