Forces of Habit
Drugs and the Making of the Modern World
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Introduction: The Psychoactive Revolution Part I: The Confluence of Psychoactive Resources 1. The Big Three: Alcohol, Tobacco, and Caffeine 2. The Little Three: Opium, Cannabis, and Coca
Whether talking about America or China, caffeine or nicotine, Antiquity or Modernity, Courtwright has a sureness of touch and a completeness of information which are consistently impressive. His book is geographically and chronologically comprehensive. Forces of Habit is beautifully written in a controlled, easy, fluent style. This book should be of interest to a wide range of scholarly and lay readers in the fields of history, medicine, health-policy, politics, legal studies, international relations. There is no other book like it. -- Roy Porter, author of Creation of the Modern World (Harvard) Courtwright underlines the contingent and historical aspect of the circumstances that have allowed some psychoactive substances to be defined as licit and the others as illicit. The book covers an enormous range of material, time, and place. Courtwright has a good eye for the telling incident or policy reflection. Coherent and comprehensive. -- Charles E. Rosenberg, University of Pennsylvania