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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
  • Opium
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A compelling and comprehensive history of opium, a drug that has both healed and harmed since civilization began. 'The only thing that is good is poppies. They are gold.' 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 a farm-gate material 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
Summary
The creator of the award-winning Georgian London blog presents an authoritative history of opium that explores its many uses and controversies, covering subjects ranging from the heroin underworld to the development of synthetic opiates
Storyline
Writing style
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10755100
Cataloging source
YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Inglis, Lucy
Dewey number
362.293
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Heroin
  • Heroin abuse
  • Drug traffic
  • Opium trade
  • Opium
  • Opium abuse
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a history of opium
Label
Milk of paradise : a history of opium, Lucy Inglis
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"As read on BBC radio 4"--Front cover
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • spoken word
  • still image
  • text
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • spw
  • sti
  • txt
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Pt. ONE Opion, afyun, opium -- 1.The Ancient World -- 2.The Islamic Golden Age to the Renaissance -- 3.The Silver Triangle and the Creation of Hong Kong -- pt. TWO In the Arms of Morpheus -- 4.The Romantics Meet Modern Science -- 5.The China Crisis -- 6.The American Disease -- pt. THREE Heroin -- 7.A New Addiction, Prohibition and the Rise of the Gangster -- 8.From the Somme to Saigon -- 9.Afghanistan -- 10.Heroin Chic, HIV and Generation Oxy
Control code
000063890395
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxiv, 440 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781447285762
Media category
  • audio
  • unmediated
Media MARC source
  • rdamedia
  • rdamedia
Media type code
  • s
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)1031055329
Label
Milk of paradise : a history of opium, Lucy Inglis
Publication
Note
"As read on BBC radio 4"--Front cover
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • spoken word
  • still image
  • text
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • spw
  • sti
  • txt
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Pt. ONE Opion, afyun, opium -- 1.The Ancient World -- 2.The Islamic Golden Age to the Renaissance -- 3.The Silver Triangle and the Creation of Hong Kong -- pt. TWO In the Arms of Morpheus -- 4.The Romantics Meet Modern Science -- 5.The China Crisis -- 6.The American Disease -- pt. THREE Heroin -- 7.A New Addiction, Prohibition and the Rise of the Gangster -- 8.From the Somme to Saigon -- 9.Afghanistan -- 10.Heroin Chic, HIV and Generation Oxy
Control code
000063890395
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxiv, 440 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781447285762
Media category
  • audio
  • unmediated
Media MARC source
  • rdamedia
  • rdamedia
Media type code
  • s
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)1031055329

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