On June 17, 1971, four days after the New York Times began publishing the Pentagon Papers, Richard Nixon declared that Americas Public Enemy No. 1 in the United States is drug abuse, inaugurating the War on Drugs.
A cowboy hero, lost in the modern world of the 1950s, turns outlaw and escapes a massive, high-tech posse only to be flattened by a tractor trailer hauling toilets, emblazoned with the nihilistic slogan “America Builds For . . .”
Horowitz and Wakefield trace the diagnosis of depression, and its distinction from sadness, back as far as Hippocrates, through Robert Burton, and on to the modern day.