A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention (Hardcover)
Virgie's Staff Pick's (September 2014): A Deadly Warning by New York Times journalist and Pulitzer Prize winning author Matt Richtel has changed my life … seriously! I think about this true story all the time, and I realize the impact it has had on me!
This non-fiction book is a riveting account of our country’s first texting-while-driving manslaughter case, a 2006 Utah double fatality. Richtel explores all the people and families involved – driver, victims, attorneys, investigative scientists – as he shows us the impact and the life changes this accident precipitated. He cites a vast amount of scientific data research presenting a fascinating look at the science of attention—and inattention. This account reads like a novel, full of vivid, heartbreaking real-life “characters”—to expose and objectively question our glorification of multitasking and tech-connectedness. Although Richter does not impose his own judgements related to this research, I finished the book with my own strong opinion! This is a must-read! It will absolutely change the way you think about the devices that keep us online.— From Virgie's Picks
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“A Deadly Wandering is a riveting account of the fatal tragedy and subsequent seminal legal -- and moral -- battle that led to texting-while-driving bans being signed into law. It links neuroscientific research, legal undertakings, and narrative nonfiction that is full of vivid, heartbreaking, real-life characters to expose and objectively question our modern glorification of multitasking and technological connectedness. Richtel's exceptional reporting will absolutely change the way you think about the devices that keep us online, and you will close this book transformed. This is one of the most important books of our time.”
— Julia Sinn, Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
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.