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The Pursuit of Oblivion: A Global History of Narcotics

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A startling account of the history of drug abuse, this book forces us to reconsider many of our views on a controversial issue. Spanning five centuries and several continents in a sweeping portrait of addiction, The Pursuit of Oblivion traces the history of the use and abuse of narcotics, revealing their subtle transformation from untested medicines to sources of idle pleasure and, relatively recently, to illegal substances. Richard Davenport-Hines, an eminent, prize-winning historian, uncovers the centrality of drug abuse in our modern industrial society, from the drug habits of Charles Dickens and John F. Kennedy to today's $400 billion annual worldwide trade in illicit drugs (the same volume as the oil industry). A vivid portrayal of the people and events that have shaped the history of narcotics, The Pursuit of Oblivion reveals that, contrary to the assumption underlying current drug policies, our need to escape reality and our body's need for physical pleasure are both ineradicable aspects of our humanity, unchangeable by government initiative. 16 pages of b/w illustrations.

About the Author

Richard Davenport-Hines is the recipient of the Wolfson Prize for History and a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He writes for the New York Times, the Times Literary Supplement, the Sunday Times, and the Independent. He lives in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393051896
Subtitle:
(a global history of narcotics )
Author:
Davenport-Hines, Richard Treadwell
Author:
Davenport-Hines, R. P. T.
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Legal History
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Drug abuse
Subject:
Popular Culture - Counter Culture
Subject:
Narcotics, control of
Subject:
Marijuana
Subject:
Cannabis
Subject:
Drug traffic
Subject:
Prohibition
Subject:
Cocaine
Subject:
Narcotics
Subject:
Amphetamines
Subject:
Drugs of abuse
Subject:
Sedatives
Subject:
Alcohol abuse
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
Opium use
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Series Volume:
MCH087
Publication Date:
2002
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
576 p., 8 p. of plates
Dimensions:
9.46x6.58x1.67 in. 2.14 lbs.

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