The Elements of Murder: A History of Poison (Paperback)John Emsley (author)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 316 g
Dimensions: 196 x 129 x 28 mm
...authoritative and meticulously researched... Emsley knows what he is talking about. This is a lovely book. * Roger P Smith, Nature Vol 436 *
A delightful potion of chemical erudition, forgotten science history and ghastly murder schemes Along the way, the bodies pile up as Emsley relates spectacular case histories of poisonings, accidental and criminal...Reading ''The Elements of Murder'' is like watching a hundred episodes of ''CSI,'' but without having to sit through the tedious personal relationships of the characters. * New York Times Book Review *
...fascinating, wide-ranging and, let's not mince words, macabre new history of poison...a truly guilty pleasure
Fascinating brew of academic research and titilating murder mysteries...vivid and anecdotal history of poison * Daily Mail *
He describes the chemistry with a light touch that makes the book accessible to non-chemists and, indeed, non-scientists. There is much here to fascinate a broad readership. * THES *
a fascinating ancedotal history of killing. With something of interest on almost every page, it combines the satisfaction of a detective story, intriguing snippets of history, popular science, unsolved mysteries and murder. A powerful brew. * Telegraph *
Meticulously researched, this book reads like a novel and a reader could pick up enough colourful anecdotes on which to dine out some time. Just be careful what, or whom, you eat. * Lancet *
Meticulously researched, this book reads like a novel and a reader could pick up enough colourful anecdotes on which to dine out for some time. * The Lancet *
Endlessly fascinating book...Every page reveals delights and horrors...It is the perfect book to take on a long-haul flight * Telegraph *
The Elements of Murder is full of such intriguing nuggets...Emsley must have been an outstanding chemistry teacher.
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