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Tobacco: The Story of How Tobacco Seduced the World Hardcover – 1 Jan 2002

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  • 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)
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Format: Hardcover
Gately has dephicted an oft humourous and factual report of the history of tobbaco. It is most interesting to note that the 'evils of tobacco' was recognised as early as the 1600's, and yet how powerful the industry is that it has still prevailed as a 'pleasurable' pastime today (not to mention the shameless promotions carried out by the tobacco industry in third world countries). Sad is the news that tobacco was promoted during the Great War as a means of relief (from the stress of combat') and also as a stave to hunger (81% hooked on tobacco in the end!!).
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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not wot I thought it was tells more of its origins I had hope it would be imformative on how to grow and process tobaco
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative 22 Mar. 2002
By GA Russell - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed Tobacco very much, and read it over the course of three evenings. I learned a great deal from it.
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.
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 12 May 2013
By Ricardo - Published on Amazon.com
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I work at the largest cigar lounge in Texas and I read this book to become more familiar with tobacco in general and cigars in particular. The author is decidedly opinionated, well versed on the subject, mildly cynical, amusing and always interesting. I read several chapters at the lounge while relaxing and enjoying bourbon and cigars on my day off.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Robusto! 20 May 2007
By Bernard Chapin - Published on Amazon.com
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I really do not understand the objections that other reviewers had to this book. Gately put together a lively, enchanting narrative concerning the history of tobacco. He covers a great many things and does not fail to include the words of those who once sung its praises. That's what should be done whenever one wishes to tell a "complete" story about anything. He does not self-censor his prose which is exactly what those of us most interested in the truth deeply desire. This book isn't titled "Quit Smoking," it's a cultural history of tobacco. Anyway, Gately presents statistics and analysis elucidating the dangers inherent to using the infamous weed. He outlines the positions of the state and depicts lung cancer as the private hell it clearly is. Smoking is a personal choice and there's no reason to ban it as the prohibition of substances has not met with much success over the years. I'm sure the author would agree with my conclusion but that does not mean he is depicting tobacco in a favorable light. This book was a serious page-turner and I enjoyed it very much. I recommend it without reservation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent! 13 Oct. 2012
By Antartic - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the best books about tobacco, with so many interesting data. The author gives you a complete (general) historical vision on a very entertainment text, wich gets to the point of the title. You may not agree with all the author's opinions, the tobacco modern conflicts make it a controversial theme, but the work is about tobacco history, is not a "pro" or "anti" smoking kind of book. A very pleasant reading. I recomend you this book if you are interested in tobacco, and if you enjoy reading history books.
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply Appreciated 4 Oct. 2016
By Serious Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
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The content of the book is very informative and intriguing, but I refuse to elaborate because I might spoil it for others. I highly recommend this book to tobacconists.
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