The Cigarette Century: The Rise, Fall, and Deadly Persistence of the Product That Defined America

The Cigarette Century: The Rise, Fall, and Deadly Persistence of the Product That Defined America

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By (author) Allan M. Brandt

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  • Publisher: BASIC BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 640 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 234mm x 46mm | 567g
  • Publication date: 5 March 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0465070485
  • ISBN 13: 9780465070480
  • Edition: 1
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, black & white line drawings, charts
  • Sales rank: 318,819

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From agriculture to big business, from medicine to politics, The Cigarette Century is the definitive account of how smoking came to be so deeply implicated in our culture, science, policy, and law. No product has been so heavily promoted or has become so deeply entrenched in American consciousness. The Cigarette Century shows in striking detail how one ephemeral (and largely useless) product came to play such a dominant role in so many aspects of our lives--and deaths.

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Allan M. Brandt is the Amalie Moses Kass Professor of the History of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He holds a joint appointment in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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"It is a remarkable story, clearly told, astonishingly well documented." The Economist "An extraordinary history of smoking." The Lancet "[The Cigarette Century] is a masterpiece of medical history." TLS"