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Courtwright, David T. 1952-

Overview
Works: 29 works in 130 publications in 6 languages and 10,488 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Thesis advisor
Classifications: HV4997, 362.29
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by David T Courtwright
Forces of habit : drugs and the making of the modern world by David T Courtwright( Book )

26 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 1,919 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offering a social and biological account of why psychoactive goods proved so seductive, David Courtwright tracks the intersecting paths by which popular drugs entered the stream of global commerce. He shows how the efforts of merchants and colonial planters expanded world supply, drove down prices, and drew millions of less affluent purchasers into the market, effectively democratizing drug consumption. He also shows how Europeans used alcohol as an inducement for native peoples to trade their furs, sell captives into slavery, and negotiate away their lands, and how monarchs taxed drugs to finance their wars and expanding empires. Forces of habit explains why such profitable exploitation has increasingly given way, over the last hundred years, to policies of restriction and prohibition--and how economic and cultural considerations have shaped those policies to determine which drugs are readily accessible, which strictly medicinal, and which forbidden altogether
Violent land : single men and social disorder from the frontier to the inner city by David T Courtwright( Book )

12 editions published between 1996 and 2001 in English and held by 972 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book offers an explosive look at violence in America - why it is so prevalent, and what and who are responsible. David Courtwright takes the long view of his subject, developing the historical pattern of violence and disorder in this country. Where there is violent and disorderly behavior, he shows, there are plenty of men, largely young and single. What began in the mining camp and bunkhouse has simply continued in the urban world of today, where many young, armed, intoxicated, honor-conscious bachelors have reverted to frontier conditions
Dark paradise : opiate addiction in America before 1940 by David T Courtwright( Book )

8 editions published in 1982 in 3 languages and held by 678 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Addicts who survived : an oral history of narcotic use in America, 1923-1965 by David T Courtwright( Book )

11 editions published between 1989 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 632 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The authors employ the techniques of oral history to penetrate the nether world of the drug user, giving us an engrossing portrait of life in the drug subculture during the "classic" era of strict narcotic control. Praise for the hardcover edition: "A momentous book which I feel is destined to become a classic in the category of scholarly narcotic books."--Claude Brown, author of the bestseller, Manchild in the Promised Land. "The drug literature is filled with the stereotyped opinions of non-addicted, middle-class pundits who have had little direct contact with addicts. These stories are reality. Narcotic addicts of the inner cities are both tough and gentle, deceptive when necessary and yet often generous--above all, shrewd judges of character. While judging them, the clinician is also being judged."--Vincent P. Dole, M.D., The Rockefeller Institute. "What was it like to be a narcotic addict during the Anslinger era? No book will probably ever appear that gives a better picture than this one. ... a singularly readable and informative work on a subject ordinarily buried in clich & eacute;s and stereotypes."--Donald W. Goodwin, Journal of the American Medical Association " ... an important contribution to the growing body of literature that attempts to more clearly define the nature of drug addiction. ... [This book] will appeal to a diverse audience. Academicians, politicians, and the general reader will find this approach to drug addiction extremely beneficial, insightful, and instructive. ... Without qualification anyone wishing to acquire a better understanding of drug addicts and addiction will benefit from reading this book." --John C. McWilliams, Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography "This study has much to say to a general audience, as well as those involved in drug control." --Publishers Weekly "The authors' comments are perceptive and the interviews make interesting reading." --John Duffy, Journal of American History "This book adds a vital and often compelling human dimension to the story of drug use and law enforcement. The material will be of great value to other specialists, such as those interested in the history of organized crime and of outsiders in general." --H. Wayne Morgan, Journal of Southern History "This book represents a significant and valuable addition to the contemporary substance abuse literature. ... this book presents findings from a novel and remarkably imaginative research approach in a cogent and exceptionally informative manner." --William M. Harvey, Journal of Psychoactive Drugs "This is a good and important book filled with new information containing provocative elements usually brought forth through the touching details of personal experience. ... There isn't a recollection which isn't of intrinsic value and many point to issues hardly ever broached in more conventional studies." --Alan Block, Journal of Social History
Dark paradise : a history of opiate addiction in America by David T Courtwright( Book )

14 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"David T. Courtwright offers an interpretation of a puzzling chapter in American social and medical history: the dramatic change in the pattern of opiate addiction from respectable upper-class matrons to lower-class urban males, often with a delinquent or criminal record. Challenging the prevailing view that the shift resulted simply from harsh new laws, Courtwright shows that the crucial role was played by the medical rather than the legal profession. Dark Paradise tells the story not only from the standpoint of legal and medical sources, but also from the perspective of addicts themselves."--Jacket
No right turn : conservative politics in a liberal America by David T Courtwright( Book )

12 editions published in 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Few question the "right turn" America took after 1966, when liberal political power began to wane. But if they did, No Right Turn suggests, they might discover that all was not really "right" with the conservative golden age. A provocative overview of a half century of American politics, the book takes a hard look at the counterrevolutionary dreams of liberalism's enemies -- to overturn people's reliance on expanding government, reverse the moral and sexual revolutions, and win the Culture War -- and finds them largely unfulfilled. David Courtwright deftly profiles celebrated and controversial figures, from Clare Booth Luce, Barry Goldwater, and the Kennedy brothers to Jerry Falwell, David Stockman, and Lee Atwater. He shows us Richard Nixon's keen talent for turning popular anxieties about morality and federal meddling to Republican advantage -- and his inability to translate this advantage into reactionary policies. Corporate interests, boomer lifestyles, and the media weighed heavily against Nixon and his successors, who placated their base with high-profile attacks on crime, drugs, and welfare dependency. Meanwhile, religious conservatives floundered on abortion and school prayer, obscenity, gay rights, and legalized vices like gambling, and fiscal conservatives watched in dismay as the bills mounted. We see how President Reagan's melange of big government, strong defense, lower taxes, higher deficits, mass imprisonment, and patriotic symbolism proved an illusory form of conservatism. Ultimately, conservatives themselves rebelled against George W. Bush's profligate brand of Reaganism. Courtwright's account is both surprising and compelling, a bracing argument against some of our most cherished cliches about recent American history. - Publisher
The architecture of John F. Staub : Houston and the South by Howard Barnstone( Book )

2 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sky as frontier : adventure, aviation, and empire by David T Courtwright( Book )

5 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Aviation's frontier stage lasted a scant three decades, then vanished as flying became a settled experience. Sky as Frontier recreates that pioneer world and shows how commercial and military imperatives destroyed it by routinizing flight."--Jacket
Shang yin wu bai nian by David T Courtwright( Book )

6 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in Chinese and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Addicts who survived : an oral history of narcotic use in America before 1965 by David T Courtwright( Book )

7 editions published between 1989 and 2012 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book, the authors employ the techniques of oral history to penetrate the nether world of the drug user, offering an engrossing portrait of life in the drug subculture during the "classic" era of strict narcotic control
Las drogas y la formación del mundo moderno : breve historia de las sustancias adictivas by David T Courtwright( Book )

3 editions published in 2002 in Spanish and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Opiate addiction in America, 1800-1940 by David T Courtwright( )

5 editions published between 1979 and 1984 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Yan cao , ka fei , jiu,shang yin wu bai nian by David T Courtwright( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in Chinese and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vanans makt : drogernas historia och den moderna världens födelse by David T Courtwright( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in Swedish and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Creating a university : December 12, 2007 by James B Crooks( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In recognition of the 35th anniversary of the founding of the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida, Dr. James B. Crooks, Professor Emeritus of the University presents an overview history of the University starting from its first day of classes on October 2, 1972. Basing his comments on the contents of oral history interviews he conducted with founding faculty, administrators and staff, Dr. Crooks describes the decisions, the developments and the many outstanding individuals who helped shape the unique "university in the woods." The lecture includes a video presentation, "2007, a UNF odyssey." The video includes a list of UNF people Crooks interviewed in preparing his lecture and contains recorded portions of interviews accompanied by still photos of locales and people from early campus life
Progressivism and drink : the social and photographic investigations of John James McCook by David T Courtwright( Book )

1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sky as frontier : adventure, aviation, and empire by David T Courtwright( Recording )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

When the Wright brothers invented their flying machine, Americans lived in a nation of two dimensions, circumscribed by lines drawn on a conventional map. A century later, their nation existed - in fact, reigned - in three dimensions. [This book tells] the story of aviation as one of frontier expansion. Aviation's frontier stage lasted a scant three decades, then vanished as flying became a settled experience. [This book] shows how commercial and military imperatives destroyed this pioneer world by routinizing flight. Along the way, [the author] stops to consider dogfighting, barnstorming, the first air mail pilots, the development of airlines, air power during World War II, flight's impact on the environment, the troubled space frontier, and how the male-dominated aviation enterprise was domesticated and democratized. The history of American flight shows a fateful trade-off. Rationalization killed the adventure in flying but made possible rapid aerial expansion. With it came commercial growth and global military reach. In no other country did social life, business, and military operations become so intertwined with aerospace advances or have such large consequences for national power and prestige.-http://www.tamu.edu/upress
Forces of habit : drugs and the making of the modern world by David T Courtwright( Recording )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Offering a social and biological account of why psychoactive goods proved so seductive, [the author] tracks the intersecting paths by which popular drugs entered the stream of global commerce. He shows how the efforts of merchants and colonial planters expanded world supply, drove down prices, and drew millions of less affluent purchasers into the market, effectively democratizing drug consumption. He also shows how Europeans used alcohol as an inducement for native peoples to trade their furs, sell captives into slavery, and negotiate away their lands, and how monarchs taxed drugs to finance their wars and expanding empires. [The book] explains why such profitable exploitation has increasingly given way, over the last hundred years, to policies of restriction and prohibition -- and how economic and cultural considerations have shaped those policies to determine which drugs are readily accessible, which strictly medicinal, and which forbidden altogether
Forces of habit : drugs and the making of the modern world by David T Courtwright( )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Dark Paradise by David T Courtwright( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Courtwright, David 1952-

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Violent land : single men and social disorder from the frontier to the inner cityAddicts who survived : an oral history of narcotic use in America, 1923-1965Dark paradise : a history of opiate addiction in AmericaNo right turn : conservative politics in a liberal AmericaSky as frontier : adventure, aviation, and empireAddicts who survived : an oral history of narcotic use in America before 1965Forces of habit : drugs and the making of the modern worldForces of habit : drugs and the making of the modern world