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With a reverence for the beauty of nicotiana, Bill Drake writes a comprehensive handbook for the grower of tobacco. In this book you'll find a rich, humorously written, history of the plants in western and eastern cultures. Exposing greed at both corporate and government levels, Drake advises farmers, step by step, on how to produce organic tobacco products for individual consumption, or as a small cottage industry. Although the growing, curing, flavoring, and cutting procedures abundantly described herein are essential to an ingestible product, we found the prose most delightful with records of past practices and the influence of religious and political powers on the distribution of tobacco. Soft cover. 8" x 10" 166 pages.