A Global History of Smoking
Distributed for Reaktion Books
Smoke: A Global History of Smoking examines the culture of smoking in different traditions and locations around the world. From opium dens in Victorian England to tobacco in Edo period Japan, and from ganja and cocaine to Havana cigars, Smoke encompasses the subject as no book has before.
Based in cultural history, it employs a large number of images as part of its evidence: around 300 illustrations document smoking and smokers of many substances including tobacco, scented cigarettes, marijuana, opium and cocaine. The various essays examine the changing role of smoking in high and popular culture, ranging from images used in advertising to the legal and moral critiques of smoking, and from opera to the internet. Smoke will appeal to all those who smoke, all those who used to smoke, and all those who have tried, and failed, to give it up.
"Smoke is a skilful blend of broad scholarship and general appeal. Comprehensive and well written, it is lavishly illustrated with pages of costly colour and its production is a tribute to the modern printer's art. . . .It could hardly be bettered as a conversation piece."
"Whether you're a committed smoker or a zealous guardian of public health, this lush coffee-table book about the history of smoking is bound to fascinate."
The contributors to Smoke provide some intriguing insights into the foggy history of the twentieth century's romance with tobacco."