A Deadly Wandering

A Deadly Wandering

A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention

eBook - 2014
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A landmark exploration of the vast and expanding impact of technology, rivetingly told through the lens of a deadly collision One of the year's most original and masterfully reported books, A Deadly Wandering by Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Matt Richtel interweaves the cutting-edge science of attention with the tensely plotted story of a mysterious car accident and its aftermath to answer some of the defining questions of our time: What is technology doing to us? Can our minds keep up with the pace of change? How can we find balance? Through Richtel's beautifully constructed narrative, a complex and far-reaching topic becomes intimate and urgent—an important call to reexamine our own lives. On the last day of summer, an ordinary Utah college student named Reggie Shaw fatally struck two rocket scientists while texting and driving along a majestic stretch of highway bordering the Rocky Mountains. Richtel follows Reggie from the moment of the tragedy, through the police investigation, the state's groundbreaking prosecution (at the time there was little precedent to guide the court), and ultimately, Reggie's wrenching admission of responsibility. Richtel parallels Reggie's journey with leading-edge scientific findings regarding human attention and the impact of technology on our brains—showing how these devices, now thoroughly embedded into all aspects of our lives, play to our deepest social instincts and prey on parts of the brain that crave stimulation, creating loops of compulsion, even addiction. Remarkably, today Reggie is a leading advocate who has helped spark a national effort targeting distracted driving, and the arc of his story provides a window through which Richtel pursues actionable solutions to help manage this crisis individually and as a society. A propulsive read filled with fascinating scientific detail, riveting narrative tension, and rare emotional depth, A Deadly Wandering is a book that can change—and save—lives.
Publisher: [S.l.]: HarperCollins, 2014
Description: 416 p
ISBN: 9780062284082
Additional Contributors: 3M Company

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AtomicWoman
Nov 10, 2015

A must read for digital natives that are so attached to devices.

multcolib_karene Dec 09, 2014

Everyone with a cell phone should read this book. Every parent who has a kid with a cell phone should read this. Every person with a brain should also read it. Riveting, wrenching, informative book about the science of attention. Hopefully you will never use your cell phone while driving ever again.

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edmontoncanuck
Nov 14, 2014

I couldn't put it down. The very human story integrated with the science of attention and distraction is one that i wish every single person in my life would read. The author has revealed the characters in this true and tragic story in a most respectful yet vulnerable way. The science of our brains is intriguing and answers question I have asked myself after many years of working with electronics and experiencing the changes in my own ability to focus and to concentrate.

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stephaniedchase
Jun 23, 2014

A fascinating look at the science of attention -- and inattention -- told through the lens of a deadly texting-while-driving accident in Utah.

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