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The Smoke of the Gods : A Social History of Tobacco - Eric Burns

The Smoke of the Gods

A Social History of Tobacco


Published: 27th December 2006
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u0022Fox News Watchu0022 host Eric Burns, who chronicled the social history of alcohol in The Spirits of America turns to tobacco in The Smoke of the Gods. Ranging from ancient times to the present day, The Smoke of the Gods is a lively history of tobacco, especially in the United States. Although tobacco use is controversial in the U.S. today, Burns reminds us that this was not always the case. For centuries tobacco was generally thought to have medicinal and even spiritual value. Most of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were tobacco users or growers, or both. According to Burns, tobacco changed the very course of U.S. history, because its discovery caused the British to support Jamestown, its struggling New World colony. An entertaining and informative look at a subject that makes daily news headlines, The Smoke of the Gods is a history that is, well, quite addictive.

"[A]n entertaining account of one of our most familiar national vices...This is narrative history with a lively, light touch and will likely find a willing audience...The author aims to entertain and inform, and he does both very well." -Virginia Quarterly Review

Introduction: The Ancient Worldp. 1
The Old Worldp. 14
The Enemies of Tobaccop. 36
The Politics of Tobaccop. 56
The Rise of Tobaccop. 71
Rush to Judgmentp. 97
Ghost, Body, and Soulp. 103
The Cigarettep. 128
The Carry Nation of Tobaccop. 140
The Last Good Timep. 168
The Case against Tobaccop. 189
The Turning Pointp. 216
Epilogue: "The Ten O'Clock People"p. 240
Acknowledgmentsp. 245
Notesp. 247
Select Bibliographyp. 259
Indexp. 265
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ISBN: 9781592134809
ISBN-10: 1592134807
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 27th December 2006
Publisher: Temple University Press,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 583.0 x 389.5  x 58.5
Weight (kg): 0.51