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The Poisoner's Handbook by Deborah Blum
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Apr 24, 2011

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bookshelves: other-nonfiction, nonfiction
Read in December, 2011 — I own a copy

I found myself rushing through this one, but I couldn't really pin down why. I liked the format (choosing a particular toxin to focus on in each chapter) and loved how it tied together the poisons, the historical context of their use (both deliberately as poisons and simply everyday application), and their relationship to the growing science of forensics. Honestly, I can't say there's anything specific I didn't enjoy in this book. Yet it didn't hold my attention and I found myself constantly rereading large chunks in an attempt to make them stick. Maybe I just wasn't in the right mindset for it, it seems like a very cool book overall.

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