Rotgut gin—cheap, widely available, and remarkably potent—was the overwhelming drug of choice among London’s working poor in the early 1700s. Sold for pennies in taverns and squalid gin shops, on street corners and even in jails, gin was the original opiate of the masses, plunging England’s capital into chaos and giving rise to the first modern drug scare. Craze is an engaging social history of gin and the men and women whose lives it touched: the poor who drank it, the distillers who made it, the members of Parliament who feared it, and the prime minister who relied on its tax revenues to line his pockets. Offering a rich political, social, and economic history of gin and the London of Hogarth and Dr. Johnson, Craze will intoxicate you with its blend of erudition, style, and wit.
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“Warner evokes a vivid picture of eighteenth-century London, complete with its public hangings and slums that seemed to overflow with gin.”
—The Seattle Times
“Social history at its gimlet-eyed best.”
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“[Jessica Warner’s] prose is both lively and accessible, and she keeps the narrative moving along.”
—The Washington Post Book World
“Fascinating...a crisp, detailed review of the history of the place and period.”
Jessica Warner is a professor at the University of Toronto, where she has written extensively on the history of alcohol and other drugs. She is not a tee-totaller, but gin is not her favourite drink either. She is now writing a book about a small-time 18th century terrorist called 'John the Painter' who was based in Portsmouth.
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Descripción Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2003. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0812968999
Descripción Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2003. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0812968999
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