Out of It: A Cultural History of Intoxication Hardcover – October 22, 2002
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This book has a rambling, discursive quality, but Walton can turn a phrase, and his argument will turn more than a few heads. The value of disciplined moderation, commended to us from Plato through Aquinas as the hallmark of the well-tuned soul, as the life "worth living," finds no champion in Walton's world. Absent as well, are those "victims" of the victimless crime of intoxication, those about whom MADD are so passionate. Walton won't change the minds of his readers, but he will open them. Walton is wrong, but worth hearing.