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Martin Booth

Opium

Martin Booth Opium A History
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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.

""In writing this exhaustively researched history...Booth brings us that much closer to understanding-and thereby conquering-the most tenacious of human conditions."" --Amazon.com

""The book's wealth of detail is remarkable."" --The Economist

""Opium is of great value for its thoroughness, and it is briskly written...Each chapter [is] a ball of opium with an explosive charge."" --The Boston Globe

""Booth takes us from P. somniferum to 'black gold', compellingly documenting the influential role of the opiate trade throughout history."" --Publishers Weekly

""From the subtleties of Chinese history to the complexities of GoldenTriangle narco-nationalism, ...Booth shows us a sure grasp of his material and manages to pull the innumberable and far-flung threads...neatly together."" --Kirkus Reviews
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