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Section - i: List of Illustrations Section - ii: Maps Introduction - iii: Introduction Unit - 1: PART ONE: Opion, afyun, opium Chapter - 1: The Ancient World Chapter - 2: The Islamic Golden Age to the Renaissance Chapter - 3: The Silver Triangle and the Creation of Hong Kong Unit - 2: PART TWO: In the Arms of Morpheus Chapter - 4: The Romantics Meet Modern Science Chapter - 5: The China Crisis Chapter - 6: The American Disease Unit - 3: PART THREE: Heroin Chapter - 7: A New Addiction, Prohibition and the Rise of the Gangster Chapter - 8: From the Somme to Saigon Chapter - 9: Afghanistan Chapter - 10: Heroin Chic, HIV and Generation Oxy Section - iv: Afterword Acknowledgements - v: Acknowledgements Section - vi: Notes Index - vii: Index

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A compelling and comprehensive history of opium, a drug that has both healed and harmed since civilization began.

About the Author

Lucy Inglis is a historian and novelist, a speaker, and occasionally a television presenter and voice in the radio. She is the creator of the award-winning Georgian London blog and her book of the same name, was shortlisted for the History Today Longman Prize. She is also the author of two novels for young adults, including City of Halves, which was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the Branford Boase award and Crow Mountain. She lives in London.


Lucy Inglis has done a wonderful job bringing together a wide range of sources to tell the history of the most exciting and dangerous plants in the world. Telling the story of opium tells us much about our faults and foibles as humans - our willingness to experiment; our ability to become addicts; our pursuit of money. This book tells us more than about opium; it tells us about ourselves. -- Peter Frankopan, author of The Silk Roads
Lucy Inglis's fabulous book Milk of Paradise is the history of civilisation as shaped by opium . . . a triumph, epic in scale and full of humanity. Geopolitics was changed by the poppy: it influenced the development of navigation, exploration and world trade; hand-in-hand with war, it helped to create the wealthy economies, science, medicine, crime and human despair of the modern world. The poppy, she says, will always be one of the greatest global commodities for good and evil - and we will always be at war with it -- Melanie Reid * The Times *
As Lucy Inglis recounts in her sweeping new history of opium, the tension between the substance's medicinal virtue and its dangers is ancient ... [She] untangles these contradictions with gusto ... a deeply researched and captivating book * Economist *
Shows again and again how counter-productive prohibition is * Evening Standard *

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