Poison: The History of Potions, Powders and Murderous Practitioners

Ben Hubbard (Author) Sophie Hannah (Foreword by)
Available

Description

Poison documents the talkes of users and victims of these mysterious substances.Chronologically recounting the story of history's silent assassin, Poison documents the gripping tales of the users and victims of these mysterious substances. From Cleopatra, the Borgias and Qin Shi Huang to contemporary secret service agents and terrorists. Profiles of the most commonly used toxins of each era reveal how the power-hungry, the dangerous and the desperate have harnessed these natural killers to achieve their ends.

Poisoning is a dark art as old as human history itself. The Roman emperors used poison liberally to dispose of rivals, guests at Renaissance dinner parties were quietly assassinated with adulterated wine, and professional poisoners equipped murderous wives with toxic tonics for their husbands. In twentieth-century warfare, poisonous substances were used in new and awful ways to terrorize and obliterate both civilians and enemy forces.

Today, in the search for the perfect covert weapon, shadowy figures deploy pernicious poisons which are almost impossible to trace. They are only the latest in a long line of experimenters: for the same poisons used to kill or injure others have been used throughout history as intoxicants, aphrodisiacs and even elixirs of life. As every amateur toxicologist knows, the difference between a poison and medicine is often simply the dose.

Product Details

Price
$29.95  $27.55
Publisher
Welbeck Publishing
Publish Date
September 01, 2020
Pages
176
Dimensions
7.3 X 0.8 X 9.4 inches | 1.8 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780233006116
BISAC Categories:

Earn by promoting books

Earn money by sharing your favorite books through our Affiliate program.

Become an affiliate

About the Author

Ben Hubbard is an accomplished writer with 24 years' experience in books, newspapers and magazines, and over 100 titles for children and adults to his name. He's written books on a wide variety of subjects: from Vikings, the Samurai and Roman gladiators to football, pop music and pet care.

SOPHIE HANNAH is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous psychological thrillers, which have been published in 51 countries and adapted for television, as well as The Monogram Murders, the first Hercule Poirot novel authorized by the estate of Agatha Christie, and its sequels Closed Casket, The Mystery of Three Quarters, and The Killings at Kingfisher Hill. Sophie is also the author of a self-help book, How to Hold a Grudge, and hosts the podcast of the same name. She lives in Cambridge, UK.