“Ambitious . . . informative and perceptive . . . Gately has done a great deal of research . . . and has assembled a lot of useful information in a straight-forward narrative fashion that vaguely resembles a Victorian novel sans dialogue. He is an amusing writer, which is a blessing.” Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post
A Cultural History of How an Exotic Plant Seduced Civilization
978-0-8021-3960-3 • $18.95 • Paperback • Feb. 2003
Iain Gately’s Tobacco tells the epic story of an unusual plant and its unique relationship with the history of humanity, from its obscure ancient beginnings, through its rise to global prominence, to its current embattled state. In a lively narrative, Gately makes the case for the tobacco trade being the driving force behind the growth of the American colonies, the foundation of the Dutch trading empire, the underpinning cause of the African slave trade, and the financial basis for our victory in the American Revolution. Informed and erudite, Tobacco is a vivid and provocative look into the complex history of this precious plant.