Format:
Book
Author:
Inglis, Lucy, author.
Title:
Milk of paradise : a history of opium / Lucy Inglis.
Edition:
First Pegasus Books cloth edition.
Publisher, Date:
New York : Pegasus Books, 2019.
©2019
Description:
xxiv, 440 pages, 16 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Summary:
An intelligent and authoritative history of opium--a drug that has both healed and harmed since the beginning of civilization. Poppy tears, opium, heroin, fentanyl: humankind has been in thrall to the "Milk of Paradise" for millennia. The latex of papaver somniferum is a bringer of sleep, of pleasurable lethargy, of relief from pain--and hugely addictive. A commodity without rival, it is renewable, easy to extract, transport, and refine, and subject to an insatiable global demand. No other substance in the world is as simple to produce or as profitable. It is the basis of a gargantuan industry built upon a shady underworld, but ultimately it is an agricultural product that lives many lives before it reaches the branded blister packet, the intravenous drip, or the scorched and filthy spoon. Many of us will end our lives dependent on it. In Milk of Paradise, acclaimed cultural historian Lucy Inglis takes readers on an epic journey from ancient Mesopotamia to modern America and Afghanistan, from Sanskrit to pop, from poppy tears to smack, from morphine to today's synthetic opiates. It is a tale of addiction, trade, crime, sex, war, literature, medicine, and, above all, money. And, as this ambitious, wide-ranging, and compelling account vividly shows, the history of opium is our history and it speaks to us of who we are.
Subjects:
Opium trade -- History.
HISTORY / Social History.
HISTORY / World.
HISTORY / Modern / General.
HISTORY / Modern.
HISTORY / Social History.
HISTORY / World.
Opium trade.
Genre:
History.
Nonfiction.
Other Title:
History of Opium
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Text in English.
Contents:
Ópion, afyūn, opium. The ancient world -- The Islamic golden age to the Renaissance -- The silver triangle and the creation of Hong Kong -- In the arms of Morpheus. The romantics meet modern science -- The China crisis -- The American disease -- Heroin. A new addiction, prohibition and the rise of the gangster -- From the Somme to Saigon -- Afghanistan -- Heroin chic, HIV and generation Oxy.
LCCN:
2018196003
ISBN:
9781643130552
1643130552
Other Number:
1083217644
System Availability:
1
Current Holds:
0
Control Number:
394164
Call Number:
362.29 Ing
Course Reserves:
0
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0