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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062400987
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/02/2015
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Matt Richtel is a Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times reporter and bestselling nonfiction and mystery author. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Meredith, a neurologist, and their two children. In his spare time, he plays tennis and piano and writes (not very good) songs. Visit him online at www.mattrichtel.wordpress.com.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Part I Collision

Chapter 1 Reggie 11

Chapter 2 The Toll 21

Chapter 3 The Neuroscientists 30

Chapter 4 Reggie 36

Chapter 5 Terryl 49

Chapter 6 The Toll 55

Chapter 7 The Neuroscientists 60

Chapter 8 Terryl 72

Chapter 9 Reggie 81

Chapter 10 Reggie 90

Chapter 11 The Neuroscientists 98

Chapter 12 Reggie 110

Chapter 13 Hunt for Justice 115

Chapter 14 The Neuroscientists 119

Chapter 15 Terryl 129

Part II Reckoning

Chapter 16 The Neuroscientists 139

Chapter 17 Terryl 147

Chapter 18 Hunt for Justice 155

Chapter 19 Reggie 158

Chapter 20 The Neuroscientists 165

Chapter 21 Terryl 172

Chapter 22 Hunt for Justice 179

Chapter 23 The Lawmakers 189

Chapter 24 The Neuroscientists 192

Chapter 25 Reggie 200

Chapter 26 Terryl 206

Chapter 27 The Neuroscientists 214

Chapter 28 Hunt for Justice 223

Chapter 29 Reggie 235

Chapter 30 Hunt for Justice 240

Chapter 31 Hunt for Justice 248

Chapter 32 Hunt for Justice 251

Chapter 33 Terryl 256

Chapter 34 Reggie 262

Chapter 35 Hunt for Justice 269

Part III Redemption

Chapter 36 Hunt for Justice 281

Chapter 37 Reggie 287

Chapter 38 Hunt for Justice 289

Chapter 39 The Lawmakers 295

Chapter 40 The Lawmakers 300

Chapter 41 Justice 306

Chapter 42 The Lawmakers 317

Chapter 43 Justice 319

Chapter 44 Reggie 321

Chapter 45 Redemption 334

Chapter 46 Reggie's Brain 334

Chapter 47 Terryl 340

Chapter 48 Redemption 345

Chapter 49 The Neuroscientists 356

Chapter 50 Reggie 362

Epilogue 369

Author's Note 378

Acknowledgments 388

Index 391

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Author does an excellent job of interweaving the story of the car accident with the legal aspects of the case and the neuroscientists' input. Although Richtel writes concisely, I would still like to have a brief recap that is short enough that the nay-sayers might read it. The book did not change my mind about texting and driving--I was already a believer--but it did present the scientific evidence to support my arguments.
Anonymous 10 months ago