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  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Little Dice (3 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956226531
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956226532
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 238,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Will Needham on 20 Nov 2011
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Snowdon takes you through the history of modern prohibition in his finely crafted well research book. Snowdon writes in a similar fashion to an angsty Bill Bryson, bringing the story of prohibition to life with characters and a facts.

The story of sabre rattling temperance lobbyists who succeeded and failed to prohibit alcohol. The criminalisation of opiates, and Western prejudices against the ancient Chinese habit. The paradoxical EU ban on snus. Snus is oral tobacco, something which I would recommend to my father who has tried many times to give up smoking. Smoking may kill him. Snus might stop him from killing us. Snus is probably the solution. Politicians who are genuinely interested in harm reduction need to lift the ban.

The unintended consequences of drugs and alcohol policy is something the general public rarely consider. A "Just ban it" attitude, requires less thought than actually considering if a ban will actually work and what other effects might arise.

If ecstasy was still legal, would the West kids experimenting with "meow meow" ? From experience I can tell you that ecstasy is superior in every way. "Equacy" is far more dangerous, and I rather enjoy that too. A cocktail of ecstacy and equacy could easily prove to be lethal, but horses are very empathic aren't they?

Did Iceland's ban on beer and not spirits, turn them into the nation with the highest level of alcoholism per capita?

If snus was legal in the UK, would people switch their method of taking nicotine? Would this prevent ten of thousands deaths per year? After reading Mr Snowdon's book, I am convinced it would. The evidence is there.

An excellent and enjoyable read. A must read for anyone interested in public health policy and harm reduction.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James P. McEvoy on 11 Nov 2011
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Snowdon's latest book takes a broad-angle look at one of his favourite themes, government prohibition. Having tackled smoking in "Velvet Glove, Iron Fist" he now looks at the history of drink and drug prohibiton. His writing is, as ever, entertaining, and his historical approach is punctillious. There are plenty of good yarns about the personalities who have fought over pharmaceuticals for the past couple of centuries. In the final chapter he lets rip with his own prescription for a more equable and tolerant approach, although he's lucid enough to realize that decriminalization hasn't a chance. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Dunn on 20 Jan 2013
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Chris Snowdon deftly explains the history of prohibition, and demonstrates how the unintended consequences of limiting personal freedoms are often much worse than the thing that is being prohibited. The ban on alcohol in the States in the 1920s led to more crime and more alcohol-related fatalities and injuries. The ban on the relatively harmless opium helped to proliferate the use of heroin. The ban on Ecstasy has led to ever more inventive, and perhaps more dangerous, designer drugs.
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A great, interesting and concise history of drug prohibition all in one book! A must-read if interested in drug policy, war on drugs and society.
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A Short History Of Prohibition 22 May 2012
By Jan E. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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Chris Snowdon author of Velvet Glove Iron Fist does it again.

If you enjoyed that book and it's compact but engaging history of smoking and the anti-smoking movement you will no doubt enjoy this book.

He tackles such diverse yet intertwined subjects as the EU's ban on oral tobacco,the beginnings of prohibition of alcohol in the US and the prohibition of designer highs or club drugs.

What begins as a short journey through a world so far away hits very close to home as Chris shows us that all throughout time this has been a way to control others.

By making these things illegal it is truly a moral crusade and not something based on the desire for the well being of others.

Chris Snowdon tackles such hard hitting topics with a light touch.

A wonderful and deeply engrossing read.
An incredible and enjoyable overview! 21 April 2014
By Michael J. Mcfadden - Published on Amazon.com
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Snowdon has brought together a set of various attempts at Prohibitions of everything from alcohol, snus, opium, all the way up to the various "Designer Drugs" of the 21st century, and combined a social analysis of how the forces were gathered to attack their use with a realistic view of both the damage the substances themselves inflicted compared to the damages wrought by the campaigns against them.

Just as with his classic "Velvet Glove, Iron Fist: A History of Antismoking," the author combines a relaxed "storytelling" style with hard historical facts, scientific analysis, and a look at the relevant health, social, and economic statistics. It's an approach to historical writing that helps the substance of the material and the insights gained stick in a readers head, and it's an approach that's far too rarely used. Snowdon does it successfully and with good style!

Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in the realities of substance abuse and the historical efforts, and particularly the failures of those efforts, against it.
Fantastic! 27 Mar 2014
By J burns - Published on Amazon.com
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Fantastic ! Great reading and very interesting! It shows how we got to this mess with the modern day drug war.. I highly recamend the book
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