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Opium: Uncovering the Politics of the Poppy

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Known to the Greeks as opos or opion, as afiun in Persian and Arabic, and fuyung in Chinese, opium is at once a palliative and a poison. Its exotic origins, its literary associations, and the properties that are, often erroneously, attributed to it have ensured an ongoing air of mystery. Pierre-Arnaud Chouvy reveals the long and fascinating history of a powerful and addict ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 15th 2010 by Harvard University Press (first published September 18th 2009)
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Emma G
At times the translation and the academic writing slowed me down but overall it's well written and clear and eye opening. Lots of good useful information about Burma, China, Thailand and Afghanistan. Really everyone should know these things.
David Ward
Opium: Uncovering the Politics of the Poppy by Pierre-Arnaud Chouvy (Harvard University Press 2009) (363.45) managed to make an awfully dry story out of a fascinating topic. My rating: 2/10, finished 1/23/11.
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