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Good serious, readable, comprehensive work.
on December 26, 2014
It's a thick, full book, happily inexpensive enough to buy one and take a look. It gives detailed, readable coverage of the rise and success of the cigarette (inhaling--"Do You Inhale? OF COURSE I DO!"--turned the tide in the cigarette's favor). Perhaps the product should be capitalized due to its success and power, i.e., the Cigarette, or King Cigarette). The book includes some court battles into which the author was reluctantly drawn (he had hoped to remain a researcher) but is not a law book. It is history-rich but not statistics-choked, and can be jumped into anywhere and still you'll stay afloat. Being on inexpensive paper made it affordable (unlike an excellent competitor's whose author was very interesting, even compelling, when interviewed on CSpan--but who could afford his doggone $$$ book!). From this book and other sources it is clear that the cigarettes we are exporting by the supertanker-load will kill many millions of lung owners, and nothing will stop it: cigarette profits are very high, enough to blind the makers to other considerations such as, say, morality (well, it is a matter of choice, right?). Unless some pivotal people get religion, it seems that a growing monster is loose. Someone even called our increasing exports of cigarettes the (coming?) greatest mass murder in history. (An aside: Forget about pipes and cigars--you don't inhale a stogie or take a drag from a bowl of Prince Albert.)