Shooting Up: A History of Drugs in Warfare (Paperback)
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Shooting Up: A History of Drugs in Warfare (Paperback)

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Paperback 392 Pages / Published: 31/08/2017
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From hallucinogenic mushrooms and LSD, to coca and cocaine; from Homeric warriors and the Assassins to the first Gulf War and today's global insurgents - drugs have sustained warriors in the field and have been used as weapons of warfare, either as non-lethal psychochemical weapons or as a means of subversion. Lukasz Kamienski explores why and how drugs have been issued to soldiers to increase their battlefield performance, boost their courage and alleviate stress and fear - as well as for medical purposes. He also delves into the history of psychoactive substances that combatants 'self-prescribe', a practice which dates as far back as the Vikings. Shooting Up is a comprehensive and original history of the relationship between fighting men and intoxicants, from Antiquity till the present day, and looks at how drugs will determine the wars of the future in unforeseen and remarkable ways.

Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781849048835
Number of pages: 392
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Fascinating, immensely detailed and surprisingly sober ... [A] rich and compendious book.' * The Sunday Times *
'In this compelling book about the history and prevalence of alcohol and drugs throughout the history of warfare, Kamienski reveals in copious detail the countless ways "intoxication, in its various forms, has ... been one of the distinctive features" of human life.' * The Guardian *
'Kamienski can be methodical and give detailed figures. Much of his narrative is fascinating, plenty of it is new, and he advances some serious arguments.' * The Spectator *
'A historical sweep from the Battle of Hastings to Waterloo or ancient Greece to Vietnam suggests that war has rarely been fought sober.' * London Review of Books *
'Kamienski's book is the first comprehensive history of drugs in combat ... sure to become a classic.' * Irish Examiner *
'An engaging read ... a pharmacopoeia of interesting military history, medical research & cultural anecdote.' * VICE Magazine *
'In this profound, troubling, and deeply informative book, Kamienski investigates the relationship between intoxicants and warfare.' * Foreign Affairs *
'An original and weighty survey of drug use by combatants ... [Kamienski] deserves promotions and rewards. He deals in ideas of danger, risk-taking, euphoria, pain, disinhibitions and fright. ... He demonstrates conclusively that intoxication is a natural and necessary state for most fighting men.' * The Oldie *
'The author takes the reader on a journey through time ... Shooting Up is a great contribution to the literature on that fundamental resource that is essential to combat.' * The World Today *

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