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BY 4.0 license Open Access Published by De Gruyter Open Access March 22, 2019

Łukasz Kamieński, Shooting Up: A Short History of Drugs and War.

(New York: Oxford University Press, 2016), hardcover, xxix+381 pp.

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From the journal Open Cultural Studies


From alcohol to LSD, Łukasz Kamieński takes readers on a unique 300-page journey through the history of warfare as seen through the prism of drug use. Beginning with the Greek city-states and ending with the contemporary consumption in the American Armed Forces, the text overflows with witty anecdotes, eloquent prose, and heart-wrenching realities found on drug-fueled battlefields. Drawing on literature, unclassified military and pharmaceutical studies, and private accounts of soldiers, Shooting Up is brilliant work that needs to find itself on every political science and history undergraduate reading list.

Reviewed Publication:

Kamieński Łukasz, Shooting Up: A Short History of Drugs and War. ( New York: Oxford University Press, 2016 ), hardcover, xxix+ 381 pp.

Received: 2019-02-05
Accepted: 2019-02-06
Published Online: 2019-03-22
Published in Print: 2019-02-01

© 2019 Adam Zmarzlinski, published by De Gruyter Open

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Public License.

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