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The Resource Milk of paradise : a history of opium, Lucy Inglis

Milk of paradise : a history of opium, Lucy Inglis

Label
Milk of paradise : a history of opium
Title
Milk of paradise
Title remainder
a history of opium
Statement of responsibility
Lucy Inglis
Title variation
History of Opium
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • An intelligent and authoritative history of opium--a drug that has both healed and harmed since the beginning of civilization. Poppy tears, opium, heroin, fentanyl: humankind has been in thrall to the "Milk of Paradise" for millennia. The latex of papaver somniferum is a bringer of sleep, of pleasurable lethargy, of relief from pain--and hugely addictive. A commodity without rival, it is renewable, easy to extract, transport, and refine, and subject to an insatiable global demand. No other substance in the world is as simple to produce or as profitable. It is the basis of a gargantuan industry built upon a shady underworld, but ultimately it is an agricultural product that lives many lives before it reaches the branded blister packet, the intravenous drip, or the scorched and filthy spoon. Many of us will end our lives dependent on it. In Milk of Paradise, acclaimed cultural historian Lucy Inglis takes readers on an epic journey from ancient Mesopotamia to modern America and Afghanistan, from Sanskrit to pop, from poppy tears to smack, from morphine to today's synthetic opiates. It is a tale of addiction, trade, crime, sex, war, literature, medicine, and, above all, money. And, as this ambitious, wide-ranging, and compelling account vividly shows, the history of opium is our history and it speaks to us of who we are
  • Poppy tears, opium, heroin, fentanyl: the latex of papaver somniferum is a bringer of sleep, of pleasurable lethargy, of relief from pain-- and hugely addictive. It is renewable, easy to extract, transport, and refine, and subject to an insatiable global demand. The basis of a gargantuan industry built upon a shady underworld, it is an agricultural product that lives many lives before it reaches the branded blister packet, the intravenous drip, or the scorched and filthy spoon. Inglis takes readers from ancient Mesopotamia to modern America and Afghanistan in a tale of addiction, trade, crime, sex, war, literature, medicine, and, above all, money. -- adapted from jacket
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Inglis, Lucy,
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
Language note
Text in English
LC call number
HV5816
LC item number
.I48 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Opium trade
  • HISTORY
  • HISTORY
  • HISTORY
  • Opium trade
Label
Milk of paradise : a history of opium, Lucy Inglis
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Ópion, afyūn, opium. The ancient world -- The Islamic golden age to the Renaissance -- The silver triangle and the creation of Hong Kong -- In the arms of Morpheus. The romantics meet modern science -- The China crisis -- The American disease -- Heroin. A new addiction, prohibition and the rise of the gangster -- From the Somme to Saigon -- Afghanistan -- Heroin chic, HIV and generation Oxy
Control code
1083217644
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Pegasus books cloth edition
Extent
xxiv, 440 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781643130552
Lccn
2018196003
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps
System control number
(OCoLC)1083217644
Label
Milk of paradise : a history of opium, Lucy Inglis
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Ópion, afyūn, opium. The ancient world -- The Islamic golden age to the Renaissance -- The silver triangle and the creation of Hong Kong -- In the arms of Morpheus. The romantics meet modern science -- The China crisis -- The American disease -- Heroin. A new addiction, prohibition and the rise of the gangster -- From the Somme to Saigon -- Afghanistan -- Heroin chic, HIV and generation Oxy
Control code
1083217644
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Pegasus books cloth edition
Extent
xxiv, 440 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781643130552
Lccn
2018196003
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps
System control number
(OCoLC)1083217644

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