Golden Holocaust: Origins of the Cigarette Catastrophe and the Case for Abolition

Golden Holocaust: Origins of the Cigarette Catastrophe and the Case for Abolition

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by Robert N. Proctor
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520270169

ISBN-13: 9780520270169

Pub. Date: 02/28/2012

Publisher: University of California Press

The cigarette is the deadliest artifact in the history of human civilization. It is also one of the most beguiling, thanks to more than a century of manipulation at the hands of tobacco industry chemists.
In Golden Holocaust, Robert N. Proctor draws on reams of formerly-secret industry documents to explore how the cigarette came to be the most

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The cigarette is the deadliest artifact in the history of human civilization. It is also one of the most beguiling, thanks to more than a century of manipulation at the hands of tobacco industry chemists.
In Golden Holocaust, Robert N. Proctor draws on reams of formerly-secret industry documents to explore how the cigarette came to be the most widely-used drug on the planet, with six trillion sticks sold per year. He paints a harrowing picture of tobacco manufacturers conspiring to block the recognition of tobacco-cancer hazards, even as they ensnare legions of scientists and politicians in a web of denial. Proctor tells heretofore untold stories of fraud and subterfuge, and he makes the strongest case to date for a simple yet ambitious remedy: a ban on the manufacture and sale of cigarettes.

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ISBN-13:
9780520270169
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
02/28/2012
Pages:
752
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 2.10(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Prologue 1

Introduction: Who Knew What and When? 13

Part 1 The triumph of the Cigarette 25

1 The Flue-Curing Revolution 31

2 Matches and Mechanization 36

3 War Likes Tobacco, Tobacco Likes War 44

4 Taxation: The Second Addiction 49

5 Marketing Genius Unleashed 56

6 Sponsoring Sports to Sell Smoke 88

7 Parties, the Arts, and Extreme Expeditions 118

8 Clouding the Web: Tobacco 2.0 134

Part 2 Discovering the Cancer Hazard 145

9 Early Experimental Carcinogenesis 149

10 . Roffo's Foray and the Nazi Response 155

11 . "Sold American": Tobacco-Friendly Research at the Medical College of Virginia 171

12 A Most Feared Document: Claude E. Teague's 1953 "Survey of Cancer Research" 191

13 "Silent Collaborators": Clandestine Cancer Research Financed by Tobacco via the Damon Runyon Fund 200

14 Ecusta's Experiments 210

15 Consensus, Hubris, and Duplicity 224

Part 3 Conspiracy on a Grand Scale 253

16 The Council for Tobacco Research: Distraction Research, Decoy Research, Filibuster Research 257

17 Agnotology in Action 289

18 Measuring Ignorance: The Impact of Industry Disinformation on Popular Knowledge of Tobacco Hazards 305

19 Filter Flimflam 340

20 The Grand Fraud of Ventilation 357

21 Crack Nicotine: Freebasing to Augment a Cigarettes "Kick" 390

22 The "Light Cigarette" Scam 406

23 Penetrating the Universities 418

24 Historians Join the Conspiracy 459

Part 4 Radiant Filth and Redemption 483

25 What's Actually in Your Cigarette? 489

26 Radioactivity in Cigarette Smoke: "Three Mile Marlboro" and the Sleeping Giant 306

27 The Odd Business of Butts-and the Global Warming Wild Card 513

28 "Safer" Cigarettes? 529

29 Globalizing Death 539

30 What Must Be Done 549

Notes 563

Selected Bibliography 667

Lexicon of Tobacco Industry Jargon 681

Timeline of Global Tobacco Mergers and Acquisitions 691

Timeline of Tobacco Industry Diversification into Candy, Food, Alcohol, and Other Products 697

Acknowledgments 699

Index 703

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Golden Holocaust: Origins of the Cigarette Catastrophe and the Case for Abolition 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
AlchemystAZ More than 1 year ago
That the industry is Evil is obvious, but to read the details of their crimes against humanity only makes the addicted victims look stupid. Please ignore reviewers who use the word "retarded" and fit that category themselves. The author was brilliant on CSPAN this weekend, and if you heard him talk you would want to read his book. I know of at least 6 relatives who died early because they smoked. This book just might convince other people to try to escape the nicotine prison built by the sickness industry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was the stupidest cocer i have ever seen. I am never gonna read this retarded book. I would give it 0 stars if i could. (Or burn it)