The books

The Art of Suppression:
Pleasure, Panic and Prohibition since 1800

The prohibition of alcohol in the USA was a notorious fiasco. The War on Drugs has been a deadly failure. Bans on alternative nicotine products keep people smoking cigarettes. Attempts to suppress legal highs result in more drugs hitting the market.

Prohibition doesn't work but the world is filled with prohibitionists. Why?

Christopher Snowdon's new history of prohibitions is a panoramic study of how bans begin, who instigates them and why they fail. It is a story of moral panics, vested interests and popular hysteria, driven by people who believe that utopia is only ever one ban away.

The campaign for alcohol prohibition in the USA
The worldwide ban on opium and the dawn of the War on Drugs
The curious case of the European Union's ban on oral tobacco (snus)
The 1920s crusade to suppress drinking worldwide
The prohibition of Ecstasy and the rise of designer drugs
The enduring appeal of prohibitionist policies today

Published on October 10 2011 by Little Dice; 267 pages - £10.99/$17.99

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The Spirit Level Delusion:
Fact-checking the Left's new theory of everything

Do Cubans live longer than Americans? Are Scandinavians happier than the British? Do Oscar winners live longer than other actors? Does capitalism cause mental illness? Does inequality lead to murder? Would higher taxes make us slimmer, more trusting and more charitable?

The Spirit Level Delusion shines the light of reason on some of the extraordinary claims made in favour of big government in the twenty-first century. Several books (The Spirit Level, Happiness and Affluenza amongst others) have called for a radical shift in power from the individual to the state based on the supposedly devastating effects of wealth, economic growth and inequality. By examining all the available evidence, Christopher Snowdon tests the theory that 'more equal' countries are healthier, happier and more successful.

Through a sober assessment of the facts - including some inconvenient truths - The Spirit Level Delusion shows that the theory not only lacks empirical support but also fails the basic test of believability.

Published by Monday Books - £8.99/$15.99. Various reviews available here.

Second edition now available on the Kindle.

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Velvet Glove, Iron Fist: A History of Anti-Smoking

Christopher Snowdon's critically acclaimed history of the battle against tobacco. Published by Little Dice; 415 pages - £12.99/$25.00

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..."thoroughly deserves a place in the bestseller lists"..."Fascinating"..."Extensive research, and extremely well-written"..."an important book"..."consistently entertaining"..."one of the most important books I have ever read"..."nothing short of remarkable"..."Essential reading"..."riveting"..."Simply stunning"..."a superb read"..."a fully deserved five stars"..."a damn good read"..."Magnificent"..."Highly recommended and lively written"...

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Velvet Glove, Iron Fist: The blog

Velvet Glove, Iron Fist
Live since September 2009, Christopher Snowdon's blog covers politics, prohibitionists and the gradual erosion of liberty in the West. It's more fun than it sounds.

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