- Hardcover: 403 pages
- Publisher: Grove Press (Jan. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802117058
- ISBN-13: 978-0802117052
- Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 14.7 x 3.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,501,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Tobacco: The Story of How Tobacco Seduced the World Hardcover – 1 Jan 2002
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Top Customer Reviews
This book has loads of useful tibits of information and makes a good interesting read. Especially to an ex-smoker like me!
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The first 200 pages deal with tobacco's history prior to the 20th century - its use for religious and medical purposes, and the two most common methods of use, pipes and snuff.
The remaining 150 pages concern 20th century cigarette use, including the final two chapters which deal with lung cancer and government anti-smoking policies.
I highly recommend this book, but find two faults:
1) There is very little discussion of cigars.
2) This is an American printing of a British book. I would have liked to have read much more about the American tobacco industry of the 20 century.
As for tobacco's dangers; well, I ride motorcycles, enjoy well made firearms and smoke cigars. All of which are individual activities and not for everyone. It comes down to a personal choice as to how you wish to live and enjoy life. Just remember, moderation in all things is a good guide to life.
If you have an interest in the history of tobacco and its use, I believe you would find the book a fine intro and overview of a fascinating and controversial subject.