New Books Network

James Tharin Bradford, “Poppies, Poltics, and Power: Afghanistan and the Global History of Drugs and Diplomacy” (Cornell UP, 2019)
Afghanistan and the United States have a complicated relationship. And poppies have often been at the center of the problem between the two countries. In James Tharin Bradford‘s new book, Poppies, Politics, and Power: Afghanistan and the Global History of Drugs and Diplomacy (Cornell University Press, 2019), he reevaluates the... Read More
Mike Jay, “Mescaline: A Global History of the First Psychedelic” (Yale UP, 2019)
Psychedelics are not terribly new. And the drug mescaline is certainly not new. Mike Jay‘s new book, Mescaline: A Global History of the First Psychedelic (Yale University Press, 2019), tells two trippy stories: one that is about Indigenous use and another about Western society’s adoption of the drug in culture... Read More
Matt Oram, “The Trials of Psychedelic Therapy: LSD Psychotherapy in America” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2018)
Are we in the midst of a psychedelic renaissance? If so, what can we learn about the present moment through the history of psychedelic experiments in the past? Matt Oram discusses contemporary debates about LSD and MDMA and brings much-needed context with his new book, The Trials of Psychedelic Therapy: LSD... Read More
Tricia Starks, “Smoking Under the Tsars: A History of Tobacco in Imperial Russia” (Cornell UP, 2018)
How and when did Russia become a country of smokers? Why did makhorka and papirosy become ubiquitous products of tobacco consumption? Tricia Starks explores these themes as well as the connections between tobacco, gender, and empire in her latest monograph, Smoking Under the Tsars: A History of Tobacco in Imperial... Read More
Anthony Ryan Hatch, “Silent Cells: The Secret Drugging of Captive America” (U Minnesota Press, 2019)
Over the past forty years, U.S. prisons and jails have used various psychotropic drugs. In this interview, Anthony Ryan Hatch discusses the need to think deeply about mass incarceration, pharmaceuticals, and psychiatry. He talks about the role of pharmacies and drug experiments in prison settings, and he underlines the ways... Read More
Jeanette M. Fregulia, “A Rich and Tantalizing Brew: A History of How Coffee Connected the World” (U Arkansas Press, 2019))
In this this interview, Carrie Tippen talks with Jeanette M. Fregulia about the movements of coffee beans, coffee drinking, and coffee houses from Ethiopia and Yemen, across the Mediterranean region, through Western Europe, and to the Americas. In A Rich and Tantalizing Brew: A History of How Coffee Connected the... Read More
Chris S. Duvall, “The African Roots of Marijuana” (Duke UP, 2019)
There’s so much discussion in the contemporary United States about marijuana. Debates focus on legalization and medicalization. Usually, Reefer Madness, Harry Anslinger, and race are brought into the conversation. But a big part of the larger marijuana story is missing. In Chris S. Duvall‘s new book, The African Roots of... Read More