£13.14
  • RRP: £16.99
  • You Save: £3.85 (23%)
FREE Delivery in the UK.
Only 5 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Demons: Our changing atti... has been added to your Basket
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Demons: Our changing attitudes to alcohol, tobacco, and drugs Hardcover – 28 Nov 2013

4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
£13.14
£5.09 £7.75
Promotion Message 10% Bulk Discount 1 Promotion(s)

Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more
£13.14 FREE Delivery in the UK. Only 5 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Save 10% on Books for Schools offered by Amazon.co.uk when you purchase 10 or more of the same book. Here's how (terms and conditions apply) Enter code SCHOOLS2016 at checkout. Here's how (terms and conditions apply)

Frequently Bought Together

  • Demons: Our changing attitudes to alcohol, tobacco, and drugs
  • +
  • Forces of Habit: Drugs and the Making of the Modern World
Total price: £35.09
Buy the selected items together

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.




Product details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 1 edition (28 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199604983
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199604982
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 2.8 x 14.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 245,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • See Complete Table of Contents

Product Description

Review

Her work is both fascinating for the casual reader and challenging for those who want a deeper understanding of substance abuse, its history and its context (Druglink Magazine, Ian Wardle)

[A] thought provoking history (Judith Flanders, The Sunday Telegraph)

Entertaining (Sean O'Grady, The Independent)

About the Author

Virginia Berridge is Professor of History and Director of the Centre for History in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London. She has published widely on the history of illicit drugs, smoking, and alcohol and has worked in both historical and non-historical settings.


Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
1
4 star
0
3 star
1
2 star
0
1 star
0
See both customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
Berridge does a good job explaining how events from the Opium Wars onwards led to the world ending up in the mess known as the "war on drugs", and how society's attitudes to different drugs changed in different directions, often in response to progress in technology (eg brewing, cigarette manufacturing, drug injection).

My main criticism is the author's exaggerated detachment from these hotly debated issues, which can be infuriating. For instance, she fails to find fault with the British Empire waging war on China in order to force the Chinese to buy the opium produced in India. Where critical opinions are widely held, e.g. on the US prohibition, she cautions against them. And she doesn’t even mention how many young lives are ruined by incarceration for drug possession. Also, as she apparently has no opinions on any of the controversial issues surrounding current drugs policies, she doesn't offer a way out of the mess either.
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Virginia Berridge is easily Britain's best historian of public health, but she is rarely read by the general public because her books tend to be sold at university library prices. Demons should change that. She has taken the best of her previous work on alcohol, tobacco and drugs and brought them together in a single volume. Her central thesis is that different substances tend to be viewed more or less kindly at different stages in history. This is not a revolutionary thought, but her reputation doesn't hinge on radical interpretations. It rests on incredibly thorough research and there is plenty of it on display in this book. The other thing that sets her apart is her unwavering commitment to not taking sides. It is impossible to guess what her views are on tobacco control, temperance and drugs. Perhaps she has none. As a reader, there are times when you wish she would drop the pokerface and get off the fence, but we should be thankful that there is such an able historian coolly documenting stories that are so often distorted by those who play a role in them.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse


Feedback