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Matters of Substance by Griffith Edwards
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Jul 01, 2008

really liked it
Read in October, 2009

This book was surprisingly, and darkly, a delightful little fount of knowledge. The content is what the cover advertises - some insight into the background and current status of various licit and ellicit substances (as well as dancing?). The style is very readable and surprisingly casual, a pleasant surprise, though the very end advises on what should be done in government about substance abuse, ending on a bit of a preachy note. However, this digression is saved for its own section towards the end of the book instead of unforgivably nested throughout, and so it's not a huge detractor. Very good, insightful read, especially with such a necessary topic to be familiar with when irrevocable damage is possible. Very much recommended, though an interest in a bit of world history is a must.

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