Golden Holocaust: Origins of the Cigarette Catastrophe and the Case for Abolition by Robert N. ProctorGolden Holocaust: Origins of the Cigarette Catastrophe and the Case for Abolition by Robert N. Proctor

Golden Holocaust: Origins of the Cigarette Catastrophe and the Case for Abolition

byRobert N. Proctor

Hardcover | February 28, 2012

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The cigarette is the deadliest artifact in the history of human civilization. It is also one of the most beguiling, thanks to more than a century of manipulation at the hands of tobacco industry chemists. InGolden Holocaust, Robert N. Proctor draws on reams of formerly-secret industry documents to explore how the cigarette came to be the most widely-used drug on the planet, with six trillion sticks sold per year. He paints a harrowing picture of tobacco manufacturers conspiring to block the recognition of tobacco-cancer hazards, even as they ensnare legions of scientists and politicians in a web of denial. Proctor tells heretofore untold stories of fraud and subterfuge, and he makes the strongest case to date for a simple yet ambitious remedy: a ban on the manufacture and sale of cigarettes.
Robert N. Proctoris Professor of the History of Science at Stanford University and author ofCancer Wars, Racial Hygiene, andThe Nazi War on CancerHe is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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Title:Golden Holocaust: Origins of the Cigarette Catastrophe and the Case for AbolitionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:752 pages, 9 × 6 × 2 inPublished:February 28, 2012Publisher:University of California PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0520270169

ISBN - 13:9780520270169

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"Proctor’s book will be of great interest . . . it debunks fraudulent industry claims past and present, provides credible arguments for banning cigarettes, and delineates steps to take before abolition is politically possible. . . . For historians, Proctor’s book particularly calls for serious conversation about ethics and best practices in our era of decreased public support of universities and rising dependence on corporate donors."