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Book Description

1 Nov 2001

Since the Stone Age, drugs have been sniffed to induce sleep, mixed to cure ills, swallowed to stimulate creativity, snorted to increase sexuality, popped for the hell of it and smoked to see God.

Natural or synthesized, they have been smuggled for all kinds of reasons from saving the world to becoming stinking rich. Blamed for deaths, wars, suicides, collapses of governments, multiple crashes, individual crises, anarchy and chaos, they have also been praised for opening minds and expanding consciousness.

Worshipped and demonised, venerated and chastised, force-fed and forbidden. Every society has had its intoxicant, be it sacrament or scourge.

They have also become irreversibly interwoven with politics, sex, business, religion, and rock and roll, providing writers, whether emerging from the ancient classical world or the street laboratory of today, with both inspiration and challenge.

An unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime trip, The Howard Marks Book of Dope Stories includes his favourite drugs writings from Alexander Dumas to Aleister Crowley via Hunter S. Thompson and Charles Baudelaire, as well as unpublished works and many new and compelling pieces from Mr Nice himself.

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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (1 Nov 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099428555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099428558
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,256 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
4.0 out of 5 stars not what it says on the cover 2 Jan 2002
By A Customer
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Crazy Horse's mouth. 6 Aug 2008
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
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish dont buy 10 Aug 2007
By Yazoo
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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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He has done it again 1 Nov 2001
By A Customer
... 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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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Useless !! 15 Aug 2006
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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