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.
Author Matt Richtel / Reviewed by Felita Daniels / 387 Pages
This book is an intelligent work of art. There is a vital message here. The author conveyed significant research information in a bright, thought-provoking way. Emotionally, I sympathized with many of the people that are involved in the journey of unearthing just what happened.
Even if you are not one to usually read a non-fiction book, I would encourage you to pick this one up. It would be hard to find someone today that doesn’t have a cell phone, or knows someone that has one. This story, how it unfolds, is simply spellbinding. I was discussing it with a co-worker half way into it. I will be sharing what I learned with friends and family.
I appreciated that there is an index. I also respected the author’s tone and attitude towards Reggie’s experience. “His attention, ours, is so fragile. What happened to him could happen to anyone, couldn’t it? Does that make him, or us, evil, ignorant, naïve, or just human?”
Find out more about A Deadly Wandering and texting-while-driving at www.adeadlywandering.com.