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Tobacco: A Cultural History of How an Exotic Plant Seduced Civilization

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Publisher Comments:

Gately's "Tobacco" tells the epic story of an unusual plant and its unique relationship with the history of humanity, from its obscure ancient beginnings, through its rise to global prominence, to its current embattled state today.

Review:

"A rich, complex history....Deeply engaging and witty." Carmela Ciuraru, Los Angeles Times

Review:

"Ambitious...informative and perceptive....Gately is an amusing writer, which is a blessing." Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post

Review:

"[Gately] documents the resourcefulness with which human beings of every class, religion, race, and continent have pursued the lethal leaf....Amid the tragedy of tobacco is an age-old love story. Gately compiles its coos and sighs, alongwith the exquisite cigarettes after." John Leland, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Tobacco's...roller-coaster journey is the subject of Gately's excellent biography of the smoker's bewitching mistress....[He]presents this eventful tale with lucid, if partisan, eloquence." Peter Ingham, the Times (London)

Synopsis:

Tobacco was first cultivated and enjoyed by the indigenous inhabitants of the Americas, who used it for medicinal, religious, and social purposes long before the arrival of Columbus. But when Europeans began to colonize the American continents, it became something else entirely — a cultural touchstone of pleasure and success, and a coveted commodity that would transform the world economy forever. Iain Gately's Tobacco tells the epic story of an unusual plant and its unique relationship with the history of humanity, from its obscure ancient beginnings, through its rise to global prominence, to its current embattled state today. In a lively narrative, Gately makes the case for the tobacco trade being the driving force behind the growth of the American colonies, the foundation of Dutch trading empire, the underpinning cause of the African slave trade, and the financial basis for our victory in the American Revolution. Informed and erudite, Tobacco is a vivid and provocative look into the complex history of this precious plant. "A rich, complex history ... Deeply engaging and witty." — Carmela Ciuraru, Los Angeles Times "Ambitious ... informative and perceptive ... Gately is an amusing writer, which is a blessing." — Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post "[Gately] documents the resourcefulness with which human beings of every class, religion, race, and continent have pursued the lethal leaf." — John Leland, The New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [385]-387) and index.

Table of Contents

  1. 1.To breathe is to inhale
  2. 2.Confrontation
  3. 3.Transmission
  4. 4.Bewitched
  5. 5.Middlemen and foreign bottoms
  6. 6.Magic dust
  7. 7.Come the revolution
  8. 8.Bandoleros, scum and dandies
  9. 9. TheAmerican preference
  10. 10. Aclass is born
  11. 11.Automatic for the people
  12. 12.Of cats and camels
  13. 13.Stars
  14. 14.Verboten
  15. 15. Thespy who loved me
  16. 16.Tumours
  17. 17.Blowing bubbles
  18. 18.Man and superman
  19. 19.Hunde, wolt ihr ewig leben?

Product Details

ISBN:
9780802139603
Author:
Gately, Iain
Publisher:
Grove Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
United States - Colonial Period
Subject:
Agriculture - Agronomy
Subject:
Tobacco
Subject:
HISTORY / United States / Colonial Period (1600-17
Subject:
United States / Colonial Period(1600-1775)
Subject:
Tobacco -- History.
Subject:
Tobacco - Social aspects - History
Subject:
US History-Colonial America
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
274
Publication Date:
20030131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 16.5 oz

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Product details 416 pages Grove Press - English 9780802139603 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A rich, complex history....Deeply engaging and witty."
"Review" by , "Ambitious...informative and perceptive....Gately is an amusing writer, which is a blessing."
"Review" by , "[Gately] documents the resourcefulness with which human beings of every class, religion, race, and continent have pursued the lethal leaf....Amid the tragedy of tobacco is an age-old love story. Gately compiles its coos and sighs, alongwith the exquisite cigarettes after."
"Review" by , "Tobacco's...roller-coaster journey is the subject of Gately's excellent biography of the smoker's bewitching mistress....[He]presents this eventful tale with lucid, if partisan, eloquence."
"Synopsis" by ,
Tobacco was first cultivated and enjoyed by the indigenous inhabitants of the Americas, who used it for medicinal, religious, and social purposes long before the arrival of Columbus. But when Europeans began to colonize the American continents, it became something else entirely — a cultural touchstone of pleasure and success, and a coveted commodity that would transform the world economy forever. Iain Gately's Tobacco tells the epic story of an unusual plant and its unique relationship with the history of humanity, from its obscure ancient beginnings, through its rise to global prominence, to its current embattled state today. In a lively narrative, Gately makes the case for the tobacco trade being the driving force behind the growth of the American colonies, the foundation of Dutch trading empire, the underpinning cause of the African slave trade, and the financial basis for our victory in the American Revolution. Informed and erudite, Tobacco is a vivid and provocative look into the complex history of this precious plant. "A rich, complex history ... Deeply engaging and witty." — Carmela Ciuraru, Los Angeles Times "Ambitious ... informative and perceptive ... Gately is an amusing writer, which is a blessing." — Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post "[Gately] documents the resourcefulness with which human beings of every class, religion, race, and continent have pursued the lethal leaf." — John Leland, The New York Times Book Review
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. [385]-387) and index.
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