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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (1 Nov. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099428555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099428558
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 246,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘A folk legend…Howard Marks has huge charisma. He sounds like Richard Burton and looks like a Rolling Stone’ -- Daily Mail

‘Marks weaves a fascinating story spiced with brilliant detail, far stronger than fiction’ -- FHM Magazine

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Howard Marks' Book of Dope Stories will take you on an electrifying journey through the discovery, consumption, and trade of mind-altering substances

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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Jan. 2002
Format: Paperback
Howard Marks' Book of Dope Stories is firstly, not about cannabis, the automatic first association with Marks, and secondly is not a book by Howard Marks.
Rather than a wide boy's bible, guaranteed to sell on the authors notoriety, this is an anthology of writings losely themed on the ideas of intoxication and drugs, of all sorts. The sources range from Thompson to Baudelaire and Marks is largely a silent partner. He has contributed a few pieces, mostly warmed over versions of earlier writings, and offers no commentary or notes on the pieces which make up the bulk of the work; something which would have enhanced the book as a whole.
That criticism withstanding, the book as a whole is a strong collection of well-chosen pieces. It is well-structured, though in places it becomes repetitive and dull. It is not a book to read from start to finish in a single sitting; like any anthology, each individual piece deserves to be read properly, and not just in the context of the book.
My main reservation with this otherwise very readable and useful anthology is in its misleading branding. It is not a book of dope stories by Howard Marks. The bulk of the material is philosophical or intellectual in tone, and comes from a huge range of writers.
If Marks is playing the game of luring people to this valuable material using his name and notoriety i have no problem. Introducing the uninitiated to Sabbag et al can only be good.
If, on the other hand, he is just cashing in on his name to sell books, without even bothering to write a book....
I think, given his background and intelligence, there's a bit of both in the truth.
I read someone else's copy, then bought my own anyway. it's worth having.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HS on 6 Aug. 2008
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Nothing much in Dope Stories that I had not heard or read before. Could easily be taken as Mr Marks cashing in on his success, but really who can blame him? All in all the book is well put together and a fine read. Perhaps the author would do well to get out on the field (I suspect he's out to pasture) and live out some more dope adventures. Nothing quite beats the cannabis smoke coming out of the crazy horse's mouth.Mind Bomb
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Yazoo on 10 Aug. 2007
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This book is truly boring and i agree with the last reviewer. He has thrown together a collection of chapters from various different books that have mentioned drug taking and then named it Mr marks book of dope stories. I would be surprised if he had involvement at all in this book other then his agent ringing him for a quick chapter about himself now and then. Truly one the worst books i have ever read.

Save your money and buy another book
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By Alan Brown on 10 Jan. 2015
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I thought this would be more of Marks adventures, its not. It mostly a book of other peoples opinion on drug use. pretty boring really,
Marks is a bit of a con man,I shouldn't be surprised, attention seeking bread head,marks is.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Nov. 2001
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... Whatever your views of the demon weed this book is guaranteed to make you laugh.
As a collection of stories it is superb. Each seems to be soaked in the same charm that made Mr Nice such a joy to read. A remarkable man using his new-found fame to spread some blinding literature that many will simply not be aware of. BUY BUY BUY BUY
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OK but disappointing as this is a rehash of old storiesrather than an autobiographyof Howard Marks as the cover might indicate.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John McBride on 15 Aug. 2006
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I have read Mr.Nice & found it excellent. However, if ever a book was rush released to cash in on an authors previous book, this was it. This book is complete drivel, period !
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