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Opium A History

ISBN-10: 0312206674
ISBN-13: 9780312206673
Edition: Revised 
Authors: Martin Booth
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Book details

List price: $26.99
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 6/12/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880

Known to mankind since prehistoric times, opium is arguably the oldest and most widely used narcotic. Opium: A History traces the drug's astounding impact on world culture-from its religious use by prehistoric peoples to its influence on the imaginations of the Romantic writers; from the earliest medical science to the Sino-British opium wars. And, in the present day, as the addict population rises and penetrates every walk of life, Opium shows how the international multibillion-dollar heroin industry operates with terrifying efficiency and forms an integral part of the world's money markets. In this first full-length history of opium, acclaimed author Martin Booth uncovers the multifaceted nature of this remarkable narcotic and the bittersweet effects of a simple poppy with a deadly legacy.

Martin Booth (September 7, 1944-February 12, 2004) was a prolific British novelist and poet. He also worked as a teacher and screenwriter, and was the founder of the Sceptre Press. Booth died after an 18-month struggle with cancer in 2004.

Acknowledgements
Foreword
Raw Opium
The Discovery of Dreams
Pleasure-domes in Xanadu
Poverty, Potions and Poppy-heads
Heroic Substances
God's Own Medicine
The Fantasy Traders
The Government of Opium
Coolies and Conferences
Junkies and the Living Dead
DORA, Isabella and Olivia
Carpets, Condoms and Cats
Enter the Mobster
Soldiers and Secrets
Warlords, Barons and Laundrymen
Bacteria and The $1,000,000 Bathtub
Bibliography
Index

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