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La Diva Nicotina : The Story of How Tobacco Seduced the World

Gately, Iain

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ISBN 10: 0743208129 / ISBN 13: 9780743208123
Published by Simon & Schuster, London, 2001
Used Condition: Nr. Fine Hardcover
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A brand new, unread book. "A fascinating and witty dissection of tobacco tracing its development from ritual refreshment to universal habit. Alluring the glamorous, deceitful and deadly, La Diva Nicotina relates the story of this most addictive of plants.". Bookseller Inventory # 019540

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Title: La Diva Nicotina : The Story of How Tobacco ...

Publisher: Simon & Schuster, London

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Nr. Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Nr. Fine

Edition: First.

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When, in 1492, Christopher Columbus landed on a small island he believed to be China, he was met by representatives of the local tribe who offered him gifts of bread, fruit and dried leaves. He threw the leaves into the sea, but Columbus and his crew did not remain ignorant of these leaves'powers or purpose for long. In Africa tobacco was received as spiritual inspiration, the French effused over its beneficial properties, while those "Reeking Gallants" of England and Elizabethan society set about advertising it as the perfect medicine, capable of curing a number of illnesses, and so the "weed" made its way into the palaces of Europe. Through wars, changing fashions, industrialization, anti-smoking campaigns, and the subject of advertising and sponsorship, tobacco has played a prominent part in global culture. This text traces the development of tobacco and smoking, from ritual refreshment to universal habit.

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IAIN GATELY was born in 1963 and was brought up in Hong Kong. He studied law at Magdalene College Cambridge before working for five years in corporate finance. His first novel, THE ASSESSOR, attracted praise from THE TIMES for 'writing of the highest quality'.

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