"The book is well researched and thorough. Citations are endnotes to each chapter, and a bibliography and index are included at the end. This book is a cultural history of strychnine, not a natural history, or medical treatise. There is a strong bias to strychnine's place in British, French, and American culture, with surprisingly little information on its origins and use in India and Asia. I found the detailed accounts of murder trials, involving a cast of seemingly thousands, to be hard going, but I enjoyed the rare flashes of Buckingham's dark humor scattered throughout the text."
—Scott Zona, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, in Economic Botany, 62(2), 2008, pp. 192-204
"Mixing science, history, and intriguing true accounts with his own touch of humor, Buckingham has created an enjoyable read for anyone with interest in scientific history."
—Books to Note, Spring 2009, Vol. 27, No. 1
". . . Bitter Nemesis is the wonderful result of Buckingham’s passions and perspectives. Clearly, strychnine has come out on top again!"
—Jeffrey I. Seeman, Department of Chemistry, University of Richmond, in Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2008, Vol. 47
". . . well written and it would be highly entertaining light reading by chemists for their sheer pleasure."
—Joseph G. Cannon, Division of Medicinal Chemistry, College of Pharmacy, University of Iowa, in Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 2008, Vol. 51, No. 12
About the Author
Consultant Editor, Dictionary of Natural Products, London