Saturday, September 20, 2014

A DEADLY WANDERING: A PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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A DEADLY WANDERING
BY MATT RICHTEL
  
ABOUT THE BOOK:
From Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Matt Richtel, a brilliant, narrative-driven exploration of technology’s vast influence on the human mind and society, dramatically-told through the lens of a tragic “texting-while-driving” car crash that claimed the lives of two rocket scientists in 2006.

In this ambitious, compelling, and beautifully written book, Matt Richtel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the New York Times, examines the impact of technology on our lives through the story of Utah college student Reggie Shaw, who killed two scientists while texting and driving. Richtel follows Reggie through the tragedy, the police investigation, his prosecution, and ultimately, his redemption.

In the wake of his experience, Reggie has become a leading advocate against “distracted driving.” Richtel interweaves Reggie’s story with cutting-edge scientific findings regarding human attention and the impact of technology on our brains, proposing solid, practical, and actionable solutions to help manage this crisis individually and as a society.

A propulsive read filled with fascinating, accessible detail, riveting narrative tension, and emotional depth, A Deadly Wandering explores one of the biggest questions of our time—what is all of our technology doing to us?—and provides unsettling and important answers and information we all need.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Matt Richtel reports for the New York Times, covering a range of issues, including the impact of technology on our lives. In 2010 he won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for a series of articles that exposed the pervasive risks of distracted driving and its root causes, prompting widespread reform. He is the author of three novels, including, mostly recently, The Cloud. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the Columbia Journalism School, he is based in San Francisco, where he lives with his wife, Meredith Barad, a neurologist, and their two children.

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PRAISE FOR A DEADLY WANDERING:
“Americans are addicted to their technology, putting us on a modern day collision course with very real consequences. Matt Richtel brilliantly tells the story of the aftermath of a deadly distracted driving crash. His portrait is riveting. I could not stop reading, and neither will you.” —Ray LaHood, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation

“A portrait of our digital age that will deeply frighten you and cause you to reevaluate many common aspects of your ‘connected’ life. ... An extraordinarily important book that everyone—and I mean everyone—should read.” —Douglas Preston, co-author of The Monster of Florence

“A masterpiece of reporting, insight, and empathy. ... A beautiful, cautionary tale that reads like a novel, and that we disregard at our risk.” —Robert Kurson, author of Shadow Divers

“A Deadly Wandering is more than a page-turner. It’s a book that can save lives.” —Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows

“Matt Richtel’s riveting book is narrative nonfiction at its finest. ... This book should be placed in every school and legislative chamber in the country.” —Jon Huntsman, former governor of Utah

“This book does that most amazing of feats: it makes cutting-edge scientific research feel relevant to the choices we make every time we get in a car, sit at a desk, or talk to our friends and family.” —Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit

“A gripping book. ... This is human drama and the latest knowledge about obsessive technology woven together in memorable style.” —Ralph Nader, author of Unsafe at Any Speed

GIVEAWAY
 
 THANKS TO KATHERINE AND THE FOLKS
 AT HARPER COLLINS, I HAVE ONE COPY OF 
A DEADLY WANDERING, TO GIVE
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122 comments:

Steve Capell said...

Texting and driving ... I bet this one emotional read. I found at that Reggie Shaw went to jail for 30 days, and did community service. It's sad event for many families. I am interested reading about this event.

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I am very interested in this one too. I can't imagine how much guilt a person who caused an accident would feel if they caused it in this way. Unless they were a sociopath, it would be tremendous.

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