- Hardcover: 376 pages
- Publisher: Yale University Press; 1 edition (May 15, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0300175329
- ISBN-13: 978-0300175325
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.8 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,282,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Opium: Reality's Dark Dream 1st Edition
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About the Author
Thomas Dormandy is a retired consultant pathologist, Whittington Hospital, University of London, and Brunel University, London. He is the author of several books, including the prize-winning The White Death: A History of Tuberculosis. He lives in London.
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I like being surprised when I read. If the phrase "I never knew that" runs through my head I feel I've been educated. This book is one hell of an education.
If you are at all curious about this powerful drug that has destroyed individual lives and entire nations, given relief and misery to mankind for thousands of years and altered history with it's insidious effect, pick up a copy of "Opium: Reality's Dark Dream". You'll be in for a remarkable reading experience.
So: Opium has been with us for a very long time. And unlikely to go away (however much some may want).
This is a well researched book: little moralising but pragmatic. I look forward to the companion volumes on cannabis and cocaine.