A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention

A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention

One of 2014's most original and masterfully reported books, A Deadly Wandering by Pulitzer Prize–winning 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 in 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. 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.

Title:A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780062284068
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    A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention Reviews

  • Will Byrnes

    Hi, welcome. I’m happy to see you are settling in to read this now. But…what?...really?…please…ignore that chirp that just told you a new e-mail arrived. It is probably just another add for Vi...

  • Carol

    The Hook - In June of 2006 Nineteen year old Reggie Shaw grabs his cell phone, climbs into his SUV and heads off to work. It’s just an ordinary day. Approximately 35 minutes into his ride, two men a...

  • Brendon Schrodinger

    'A Deadly Wandering' is more than a tale about a tragic event where two people were killed by a distracted driver, it attempts to take on the subjects of attention, justice, abuse, community, .... you...

  • Erika

    2.5 stars. Overall this was a pretty good read, but even though the book was just published in 2014, it already feels dated. Richtel writes beautifully about a horrible texting-while-driving accident ...

  • Caroline

    ***NO SPOILERS***In 2006, texting-and-driving was not yet illegal in the United States. A car crash in September 2006 in Utah was a catalyst in changing that. A Deadly Wandering is about this and a lo...

  • Jill

    Many of us are absolutely obsessed with staying connected – texting friends regularly throughout the day. Every single day, six billion texts are sent in the United States. Reggie Shaw, a young clea...

  • Lynda

    Good God, did the writer get paid PER WORD? Saying this book is well-researched is an understatement! The reader is saturated with background about every single person he introduces and who may only m...

  • Galen Johnson

    While I admire the work that went into this book, the writing was just too overdone and poorly edited for the book to be enjoyable to me. Everything had to be spelled out again and again-- after chapt...

  • Peter Mcloughlin

    The story behind a car accident the first of its kind in 2006 that involved the issue of texting while driving. It is the case involving a fatality that changed the laws nationwide and raised awarene...

  • James

    Everyone, yes, everyone, should read this book. I have never ever said that before about any book, but there it is. I can't remember reading anything that has so changed the way I look at, well, most ...