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9781907650185

Emperors of Dreams: 2nd Edition 2011 : Drugs in the Nineteenth Century

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    9781907650185

  • ISBN10:

    1907650180

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-09-09
  • Publisher: Scb Distributors

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The text of Emperors of Dreams has been revised, updated and with new material added. It paints a fresh and startling picture both of today's illicit drugs and of the nineteenth century in general.It is a fascinating book... Jay is excellent is on the emergence of medical science as a social force.W.N.Herbert in Scotland on SundayAs well as exploding the fantasy that a society without drugs used to exist, Jay clarifies the question of why so many of them were outlawed...in the process, he tells a series of fascinating stories about the first individuals to describe their effects, and how their use spread.Peter Carty in Time OutIntelligent, witty, cogent and a bit pissed off, Emperors of Dreams is one of the best books on drugs I have come across, and should be mandatory reading for anyone concerned with drug legalisation.Julian Keeling in The New StatesmanThe changing status of the coca leaf is one of the many stories told by Mike Jay in his engaging survey of drug use in the 19th century.... Fear of pleasure, as Jay shows in this splendid book, is perhaps the most powerful motive in the hysterical anti-drug rhetoric that has created the mess we are in today.Joan Smith in The Independent on SundayMeticulously researched, compulsively readable and unfailingly fascinating...more than just an inebriating travelogue of days gone by, Jay's book is important in its even-handed, dispassionate and intelligent discussion of such incendiary topics as decriminalisation and legalisation. His closing chapter on temperance and prohibition is perhaps the most level-headed prose ever written on the subject.Gary Lachman in The Fortean Times

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