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Autor/in: Martin Booth
Autor/in: Martin Booth

Cannabis: A History

To some it's the classic "gateway drug," to others it is a harmless way to relax, or provide relief from pain. Some fear it is dangerous and addictive, while others feel it should be decriminalized. Whatever the viewpoint, cannabis incites debate at every level, and the effect it has on every corner of the globe is undeniable.

In this comprehensive study, Martin Booth crafts a tale of medical advance and religious enlightenment; of political subterfuge and law enforcement; of cunning smugglers, street pushers, gang warfare, writers, artists, and musicians. And above all, Booth chronicles the fascinating process through which cannabis became outlawed throughout the Western world, and the effect such legislation has had on the global economy.

Taschenbuch 06/2005
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Autoreninformationen

Martin Booth (1944-2004) was a British novelist and poet. He also worked as a teacher and screenwriter, and founded the Sceptre Press. He was born in Lancashire, but was brought up mainly in Hong Kong, which he left for Britain in 1964. He first made his name as a poet and as a publisher, producing slim volumes by British and American poets. His own books of verse include the two Knotting books collected here, as well as Killing the Moscs and Meeting the Snowy North Again.
In the late 1970s Booth turned mainly to writing fiction. His first successful novel, Hiroshima Joe, was published in 1985, and contains passages set in that city during the Second World War. His lifelong interest in observing and studying wildlife resulted in a book about his childhood hero Jim Corbett, a big-game hunter and expert on man-eating tigers, and also a subsequent study of the endangered rhino. Later non-fiction books included a remarkable guide to Hong Kong, The Dragon and the Pearl, as well as biographies of Aleister Crowley and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
While his successful early novels tended to reflect his own past in an Africa and Asia touched by the British Empire, his later books reflected his interest in European locations, such as Italy, which features in the novel A Very Private Gentleman (1990, later filmed as The American, starring George Clooney in 2010). His penultimate novel, Industry of Souls, was set in Russia and was shortlisted for the 1998 Booker Prize.
He died of cancer in 2004, shortly after completing Gweilo (released as  Golden Boy in the USA), a memoir of his Hong Kong childhood written for his own children.

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EAN / 13-stellige ISBN 978-0312424947
10-stellige ISBN 0312424949
Verlag PICADOR
Sprache Englisch
Anmerkungen zur Auflage Picador
Editionsform Taschenbuch
Einbandart Taschenbuch
Erscheinungsdatum 1. Juni 2005
Seitenzahl 448
Format (L×B×H) 21,6cm × 14,0cm × 2,6cm
Gewicht 591g
Warengruppe des Lieferanten Sachbücher, Ratgeber - Hobby, Freizeit, Natur
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