Tobacco: A Cultural History of How an Exotic Plant Seduced Civilization by Iain Gately is a really enjoyable book. Its been mentioned in some discussion strings here in Snuffhouse, but I didn't see a discussion string specifically about the book.
Written in 2001, the book is the story of tobacco from pre-history to the present, with a specific focus on the spread of tobacco, its cultural meanings and uses, the popularity of various methods of enjoying tobacco throughout history, and tobacco's impact on world events and the advancement of various world cultures. It appears to be well referenced and researched, but is written in a style that makes for a very casual read. It is amazing how the history in textbooks is the history of men and specifically the actions of "great men," and ignores the pervasive influence of something like tobacco.
Anyhow, it is a really interesting book...and worth reading. Anyone else have thoughts about the book?