An engaging study of Americans’ perceptions of themselves.
A well-written and accessible summary of 300 years of tobacco smoking in the Americas from an archaeological perspective. It is filled with numerous interesting examples and is peppered with just enough archaeological theory and method.
The first study in historical archaeology to broadly interpret tobacco and smoking-related activities along with the clues they give about past societies.
--Anthropology Book Forum
Extraordinarily, the first study in historical archaeology that attempts an overview of tobacco and smoking-related activities. . . . The book will be of value not only to archaeologists but also to anyone interested in the mutually dependent history of this loathsome weed and world capitalism.
--Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
Fox has couched the American evolution of tobacco consumption within a global narrative. . . . Her nuanced approach to the multifaceted history of smoking pipes and tobacco consumption successfully demonstrates that smoking pipes have far more to contribute to archaeological understandings of the American experience than previously assumed. . . . Well suited for scholars and the general public alike.
Persuasively demonstrate[es] tobacco’s role in nearly every major shift in American life. . . . Fascinating book.
--Current World Archaeology
A compelling historical account that takes the reader on a colorful journey from the introduction, adoption, and use of tobacco. . . . [Fox] familiarizes both the knowledgeable and the inquisitive reader with the spread and acceptance of smoking as a cultural custom, as well as the more recent history of tobacco use and the burgeoning industry of pipe manufactories here and abroad.