Opium: A History

Other Format | June 12, 1999

byMartin Booth

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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.

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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 op...

Martin Booth (1944-2004) was the bestselling author of novels including Hiroshima Joe, Islands of Silence, and The Industry of Souls, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Another novel, A Very Private Gentlemen, was adapted into the 2010 movie, The American, starring George Clooney. He also wrote several nonfiction books, inclu...

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Format:Other FormatDimensions:400 pages, 8.27 × 5.56 × 1 inPublished:June 12, 1999

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ISBN - 10:0312206674

ISBN - 13:9780312206673

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"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