\u0022Fox News Watch\u0022 host Eric Burns, who chronicled the social history of alcohol in The Spirits of America turns to tobacco in The Smoke of the Gods. Ranging from ancient times to the present day, The Smoke of the Gods is a lively history of tobacco, especially in the United States. Although tobacco use is controversial in the U.S. today, Burns reminds us that this was not always the case. For centuries tobacco was generally thought to have medicinal and even spiritual value. Most of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were tobacco users or growers, or both. According to Burns, tobacco changed the very course of U.S. history, because its discovery caused the British to support Jamestown, its struggling New World colony. An entertaining and informative look at a subject that makes daily news headlines, The Smoke of the Gods is a history that is, well, quite addictive.
Eric Burns is the host of "Fox News Watch" on the Fox News Channel. He was named by the Washington Journalism Review as one of the best writers in the history of broadcast journalism. His other books include The Spirits of America: A Social History of Alcohol (Temple), Broadcast Blues, The Joy of Books, and Infamous Scribblers.
Introduction The Ancient World Chapter One The Old World Chapter Two The Enemies of Tobacco Chapter Three The Politics of Tobacco Chapter Four The Rise of Tobacco Chapter Five Rush to Judgment Chapter Six Ghost, Body and Soul Chapter Seven The Cigarette Chapter Eight The Carry Nation of Tobacco Chapter Nine The Last Good Time Chapter Ten The Case Against Tobacco --- Chapter Eleven The Turning Point --- Epilogue "The Ten O'Clock People" --- Acknowledgments --- Notes --- Bibliography --- Index