The Pursuit of Oblivion: A Social History of Drugs

Hachette UK
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'The most important study on this subject in years, perhaps ever' Phillip Knightley, SUNDAY TIMES

A history of drug-taking, telling the story across five centuries of addicts and users: monarchs, prime ministers, great writers and composers, wounded soldiers, overworked physicians, oppressed housewives, exhausted labourers, high-powered businessmen, playboys, sex workers, pop stars, seedy losers, stressed adolescents, defiant schoolchildren, the victims of the ghetto, and happy young people on a spree.
It is also the history of one bad idea, prohibition.

'You'll find almost everything you ever wanted to know about drugs in this work, except how to get hold of them'
Simon Garfield, FINANCIAL TIMES

'Everyone with any influence on government policy should read this book and wake up before it is too late'
Phillip Knightley, SUNDAY TIMES

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About the author

Richard Davenport-Hines is a past winner of the Wolfson Prize for History and contributes regularly to the TLS, Sunday Times, Independent and Nature.
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Publisher
Hachette UK
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Published on
Nov 29, 2012
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Pages
432
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ISBN
9781780225425
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Features
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Modern / 20th Century
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Content Protection
This content is DRM protected.
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