This is the first set in "The Scribner's Turning Points Library," a reference line that targets historical events that have changed the direction of human societies worldwide. The set covers the complicated relationship between tobacco and religion, politics, and medicine through the centuries. The 130 entries are unbiased contributions by international experts, objective even in the face of controversy. Each volume begins with a table of contents and timeline that begins at 50,000 B.C.E and progresses to the present day. Photos, advertising samples, and sidebars all add to the appeal. Entries are alphabetical and cover such relevant topics as addiction, litigation, medical research, slavery, taxes, and tobacco companies and barons. High-profile legal cases and legislation are also discussed, as well as the impact of Hollywood. Bottom Line The set includes useful demographics and statistics on consumption, tables, and scientific research and correlations; it will prove an invaluable resource for students preparing research papers. While much of this information can be found in other sources (e.g., Arlene B. Hirschfelder's Encyclopedia of Smoking and Tobacco), the detailed coverage and currency here gives a unique and credible perspective. Recommended for all libraries.-Bobbie Wrinkle, McCracken Cty. P.L., Paducah, KY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.