'Fascinating, immensely detailed and surprisingly sober ... [A] rich and compendious book.' --Sunday Times
'In this compelling book about the history and prevalence of alcohol and drugs throughout the history of warfare, Lukasz Kamienski reveals in copious detail the countless ways intoxication, in its various forms, has ... been one of the distinctive features of human life.' --The Guardian
'Kamienski can be methodical and give detailed figures. Much of his narrative is fascinating, plenty of it is new, and he advances some serious arguments.' --The Spectator
'An engaging read ... a pharmacopoeia of interesting military history, medical research & cultural anecdote.' --VICE Magazine
'Kamienski's book is the first comprehensive history of drugs in combat ... sure to become a classic.'
'An original and weighty survey of drug use by combatants ... [Kamienski] deserves promotions and rewards. He deals in ideas of danger, risk-taking, euphoria, pain, disinhibitions and fright. ... He demonstrates conclusively that intoxication is a natural and necessary state for most fighting men.' --The Oldie
Lukasz Kamienski is Associate Professor at the Faculty of International and Political Studies, Jagiellonian University, Krakow.