Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “No Speed Limit: The Highs and Lows of Meth” as Want to Read:
No Speed Limit: The Highs and Lows of Meth
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

No Speed Limit: The Highs and Lows of Meth

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  216 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews
Hell's Angels and fallen televangelists. Cross-country truckers and suburban mothers. Trailer parks, urban clubs, college campuses, and military battle?elds. Methamphetamine is the stimulant wiring every corner of American culture.

Like cocaine and heroin, meth was ?rst synthesized for medicinal purposes. By the 1940s, it was a wonder drug used to treat depression, hyperact
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 19th 2008 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2007)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about No Speed Limit, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about No Speed Limit

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-10)
Rating details
Sort: Default
This book is both maddening and fascinating. There's a ton of stuff I didn't know in this book - like that meth was legal and very popular during the 50s and 60s and that it was used, partially, to control women (their weight and their attitudes)during a time when America was expanding to the suburbs and women were trapped in their homes all day, often in the middle of nowhere. All of this history I found very compelling.

The maddening part of this book is the author's attitude. The author's pros
Jun 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what it was that lead me to order a copy of this book to read, but I have to say I enjoyed it quite a bit. The author, a former recreational meth user, explores the history and the evolution of meth through research and personal interviews with meth users, former meth users, children who grew up in meth labs, politicians, and social workers. Owen's opinion on the so-called "meth epidemic" is fascinating and laced with strong assertions about the addictiveness of the drug in its many ...more
Jan 16, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this book faster than most.
Xalia Lee
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
This work is full of interesting and useful information about methamphetamine (crank,speed,ice). It gives real information about the effects of crank from people who have done it. The writer himself had tried meth and explained that it quickly started to ruin his life. The book covers what meth is and how bad the effects of cooking the drug as well as using are. It provides real examples of what people have done because of meth.
John Jr.
Anyone with a fairly broad experience of life in America will realize that, while habits such as drinking and smoking must sensibly be counted as drug use, they're hardly the only drugs Americans are using. Journalist Frank Owen turns his attention in this book to one of those that has gone underground in recent decades, methamphetamine, and its earlier version, amphetamine. He knows from personal history (which he recounts) that it's a potent chemical to be messing with, and he devotes most of ...more
Ok, there are some positives to this book, like it doesn't act like meth is some super industrial drug that you are immediately addicted to and kills you after 5 years. Additionally, it points out that meth cooks aren't (as a rule, there are obviously exceptions) toothless rubes that need a Walter White figure (he sorta already exists as the Neo-Nazi connected Uncle Fester who writes guides to meth cooking, making .44 black talon rounds and making chemical weapons) as most meth recipes net you a ...more
Aug 27, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read about this book on and decided to order it and another book on meth addiction at the same time, and managed to read both this weekend sick in bed. There's nothing like reading about the highs and lows of drug addiction to combat the snotty feeling associated with a head cold.

This book contains a lot of good and realistic (as far as I can tell, not having first hand knowledge of th drug) facts and commentary. It follows the emergence of meth, from WW2 to the present -- from phar
May 05, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Im not really sure why I picked up two different books about meth (the other was about a gay Iowan tweaker) last time I visited the library. It's not a drug I'd ever consider (I'm still borderline straight-edge, and would sooner do most other drugs than risk what meth would turn my already borderline ocd personality into), but its one thats fascinating to me. Why would people do a drug to help them hyper-focus? Isn't that the opposite of why most people take drugs? Part of the fascination may be ...more
Apr 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"No Speed Limit" is a fascinating exploration of the latest American drug "epidemic." I'm happy to say I've never taken crystal meth, but I have some idea what it might feel like after reading this book. And it ain't a good thing. Unless you like giant talking cockroaches, rotten teeth, and not sleeping for four days straight. Well, the latter does have some appeal...

I'm giving this book four stars for some of the same reasons other reviewers have done so. "No Speed Limit" is organized thematica
Mar 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: give-aways
This is a very accessible history of the use and manufacture of amphetamines in the United States. Meth is a interesting drug to focus on because its production and distribution does not (or has not in the past) rely on organized crime; anyone can make meth. In fact, reading this book made me very curious to try making some myself, just to see if I could. Don't worry- that impulse, as well as the one to purchase and read some of the other "DIY" books mentioned by the author ("Silent Death," abou ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Middletown, America: One Town's Passage from Trauma To Hope
  • Cocaine: An Unauthorized Biography
  • American Sucker
  • Behind Bars: The Straight-Up Tales of a Big-City Bartender
  • Entering Hades: The Double Life of a Serial Killer
  • Take My Advice: Letters to the Next Generation from People Who Know a Thing or Two
  • Cross Country: Fifteen Years and Ninety Thousand Miles on the Roads and Interstates of America Lewis and Clark, a Lot of Bad Motels, a Moving Van, Emily Post, Jack Kerouac, My Wife, My Mother-In-Law, Two Kids and Enough Coffee to Kill an Elephant
  • 21 Dog Years: Doing Time @
  • Leaving Dirty Jersey: A Crystal Meth Memoir
  • Tell Me No Lies: Investigative Journalism and its Triumphs
  • Kabul in Winter: Life Without Peace in Afghanistan
  • Fired!: Tales of the Canned, Canceled, Downsized, and Dismissed
  • Edmund and Rosemary Go to Hell: A Story We All Really Need Now More Than Ever
  • Why New Orleans Matters
  • Dirty Diplomacy: The Rough and Tumble Adventures of a Scotch Drinking, Skirt Chasing, Dictator Busting and Thoroughly Unrepentant Ambassador Stuck on the Frontline of the War Against Terror
  • The House on First Street: My New Orleans Story
  • The Best Creative Nonfiction, Vol. 2
  • On Flirtation