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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

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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.

"entertaining... a fascinating, supremely readable historical account." The Chicago Sun-Times "Burns tells good stories about people's fascination with tobacco, especially as 'smoke,' and understands well the connections between advertising and smoking. His book is especially useful regarding responses to tobacco consumption including revealing account of 19th-century anti-tobacco reform and the scientific and social arguments against it in recent years." Library Journal "A genial social history that backhandedly glorifies this 'first successful American export' while tracing its 'mesmerizing' mystique.Burns is an able writer and researcher." Publishers Weekly Praise for The Spirits of America: A Social History of Alcohol: "Burns has written a delightful book and an intelligent one. It is easily the best popular history of drink and its enemies in the United States for the period before 1933." The Historian "An 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
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.8  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.51