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James Tharin Bradford

Poppies, Politics, and Power

Afghanistan and the Global History of Drugs and Diplomacy

Cornell University Press 2019

New Books in American StudiesNew Books in Central Asian StudiesNew Books in Drugs, Addiction and RecoveryNew Books in HistoryNew Books in Peoples & PlacesNew Books in Politics & SocietyNew Books in World AffairsNew Books Network August 13, 2019 Lucas Richert

Afghanistan and the United States have a complicated relationship. And poppies have often been at the center of the problem between the two countries....

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 Afghan state, opium, and international drug regulation. Bradford offers a new perspective on this US/Afghan relationship and underlines ways of thinking about drugs in the United States. As the U.S. deals with an opioid crisis, this timely book underlines how we think about licit and illicit substances and forces.


Lucas Richert is an associate professor in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He studies intoxicating substances and the pharmaceutical industry. He also examines the history of mental health.