From Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist Matt Richtel, a hard-hitting, narrative-driven exploration of technology's vast influence on the human mind, dramatically-told through the real-life "texting-while-driving" car crash that claimed the lives of two rocket scientists in 2006. In this ambitious, narrative-driven audiobook, Matt Richtel, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the <I>New York Times</I>, examines the impact of technology on our lives through the lens of an ordinary Utah college student named Reggie Shaw, who, while texting and driving, killed two rocket scientists in 2006. The main narrative follows Reggie through the crash tragedy, the police investigation, his prosecution, and finally his redemption-today he has become perhaps the single most important advocate against "distracted driving,"having appeared on Oprah, testified before legislatures considering distracted-driving laws, and lectured widely. Around this story, Matt weaves a big-picture look at the cutting-edge science of attention and the explosion of technology-in the end proposing ways to manage this crisis both individually and on a societal level. Already having won a Pulitzer for a series of articles on distracted driving, Matt is reaching to produce a genuinely great audiobook. It's got real narrative tension, an emotional core, memorable characters, and it addresses one of the biggest stories of our time-what is all this technology doing to us? This subject has been nibbled at before, but nobody has written a book like this, one that's narrative-driven and both intimate and sweeping.
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 10 / 2014