Shooting Up: A History of Drugs in Warfare (Paperback)Lukasz Kamienski (author)
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Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Number of pages: 392
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm
'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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