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Steven Martin, author of Opium Fiend: A 21st Century Slave to a 19th Century Addiction, takes Conversation Crossroad radio program listeners to worlds they never knew existed and introduces them to unforgettable characters. “Opium Fiend is the most engaging memoir of the year…a harrowing exploration of the liberating, enlightening and enslaving ecstasies of a forbidden pipe. It's not so much a tale of addiction, but of self-immolating obsession... Opium Fiend stands as a fascinating, never-before told social history of the poppy blossom’s central place in the rise and fall of nations. As addictive as its subject matter, Opium Fiend should come with a warning that it may lead to lost nights and weekends of intensely pleasurable reading.” Evan Wright, The New York Times
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