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Milk of Paradise

A History of Opium
Autor: Lucy Inglis
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Poppy tears, opium, heroin, fentanyl: humankind has been in thrall to the ‘Milk of Paradise’ for millennia. The latex of papaver somniferum is a bringer of sleep, of pleasurable lethargy, of relief from pain - and hugely addictive. A commodity without rival, it is renewable; easy to extract, transport and refine; and subject to an insatiable global demand. 

No other substance in the world is as simple to produce or as profitable. It is the basis of a gargantuan industry built upon a shady underworld, but ultimately it is a farm-gate material that lives many lives before it reaches the branded blister packet, the intravenous drip or the scorched and filthy spoon. Many of us will end our lives dependent on it. 

In Milk of Paradise, acclaimed cultural historian Lucy Inglis takes readers on an epic journey from ancient Mesopotamia to modern America and Afghanistan, from Sanskrit to pop, from poppy tears to smack, from morphine to today’s synthetic opiates. It is a tale of addiction, trade, crime, sex, war, literature, medicine and, above all, money. And, as this ambitious, wide-ranging and compelling account vividly shows, the history of opium is our history, and it speaks to us of who we are.

©2018 Lucy Inglis (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Overwhelming avalanche of facts and figures

Well.., buckle up for an avalanche of figures and names, take a deep breath and try to see the big picture.
Which is .. hard to spot, given the par force hunt through global history. All events seem to be intricately woven together to make a fabric of war, politics, crime,disaster and the rise of modern medicine. It is exhausting to listen to, yet interesting. So that's reason we are in this mess of addiction today? Not quite so fast, dear listener. The real reason might lie in man's will to grasp power, to satisfy his greed and to anesthetize the unsavory effects of his inclinations. It is somehow in man's nature, albeit not being expressed in every individual, to stir up such a mess ... over and over and over again.
The narrator's posh voice is one of an ambitious history professor who has it figured out all for herself and now wants to stuff it in your brain - rapidly. Oh dear!