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Narcotic Farm
The Rise and Fall of America's First Prison for Drug Addicts
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Nancy D. Campbell
JP Olsen
Luke Walden
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"The Narcotic Farm is a beautiful, fascinating book that takes readers deep into a forgotten American institution. The pictures are remarkable and the story brings an important moment in history vividly to life. It's a stunning work."
-- Dave Isay, founder of StoryCorps

"The story of America's long and deep affair with addictive drugs is incomplete without mention of the legendary federal narcotic hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. The Narcotic Farm tells this story well, and in addition provides a wealth of revealing photographs and documents that speak volumes on what it was like to be a junkie in the mid-twentieth century."
-- Luc Sante, author of Low Life and Evidence

"The Narcotic Farm works its magic by recapturing, in images and words, the lost world of "Narco," the sprawling federal prison-hospital for drug addicts in Lexington, Kentucky. It's the details that get you, from the disheveled misery of withdrawal to the uninhibited joy of performing in the house jazz band."
-- David Courtwright, author of Dark Paradise, Addicts Who Survived, and Forces of Habit

"Everyone who cares about addiction and recovery in this country should look at these pictures and read this text."
-- Susan Cheever, author of My Name is Bill Wilson: His Life and the Creation of Alcoholics Anonymous and Desire: Where Sex Meets Addiction