- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Three Rivers Press (October 28, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400049768
- ISBN-13: 978-1400049769
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,135,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Out of It: A Cultural History of Intoxication Paperback – October 28, 2003
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“Walton is particularly, and convincingly, engrossing, an elegant and forceful stylist, and were this a longer review I would quote copiously to prove the point. For the moment, you will have to take this on trust.”
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Like any good cocktail, this book brings together tasty ingredients in a delicious mix. Boston Herald
Walton is hilariously well-versed in wine terminology, and his wit is deliciously dry. Seattle Weekly
Out of It is a thoroughly addictive examination of intoxicants, from the everyday substances of alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco to the illicit realm of opiates, amphetamines, and hallucinogens. More than a mere (if heady) catalog of intoxicants, however, Stuart Waltons book is a smart, wry look at why intoxication has always been a part of the human experiencefrom our earliest Stone Age rituals to the practices of the ancient Greeks and Romans, right on up through the Victorian era and ending with a flourish in modern timesand more significantly, why the use of intoxicants is, and will continue to be, an essential part of being human.
An insightful overview of humanitys historical and cultural attachment to various intoxicants. . . . It deserves a prominent place in the emerging discussion reshaping understanding and policies regarding intoxication and the use of drugs and alcohol.Kirkus Reviews (starred)
Walton is particularly, and convincingly, engrossing, an elegant and forceful stylist.The Guardian
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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.