A Deadly Wandering

A Deadly Wandering

A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention

Book - 2014
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"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" -- from publisher's web site.
Draws on cutting-edge scientific findings regarding human attention to examine the impact of technology on people's lives through the story of college student Reggie Shaw, who killed two scientists while texting and driving.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062284068
0062284061
Branch Call Number: 303.483 RICHTEL
Characteristics: 403 pages ; 24 cm

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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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