A History of the World in 6 Glasses

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, May 26, 2009 - History - 336 pages
The New York Times Bestseller

“There aren't many books this entertaining that also provide a cogent crash course in ancient, classical and modern history.” -Los Angeles Times

Beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and Coca-Cola: In Tom Standage's deft, innovative account of world history, these six beverages turn out to be much more than just ways to quench thirst. They also represent six eras that span the course of civilization-from the adoption of agriculture, to the birth of cities, to the advent of globalization. A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the twenty-first century through each epoch's signature refreshment. As Standage persuasively argues, each drink is in fact a kind of technology, advancing culture and catalyzing the intricate interplay of different societies. After reading this enlightening book, you may never look at your favorite drink in quite the same way again.
 

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The author relates the history of the world by telling the story of the development of beer, wine, distilled spirits, coffee, tea and cola (specifically Coca Cola) Eminently readable and remarkably interesting. Read full review

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A reasonably entertaining popular history book that passed the time but didn't wow me. Each section first discussed first the development of a beverage, then its rise to popularity and historical ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction Vital Fluids
1
Wine in Greece and Rome
43
Spirits in the Colonial Period
93
Coffee in the Age of Reason
134
Tea and the British Empire
175
CocaCola and the Rise of America
223
Epilogue Back to the Source
266
NOtes
285
Index
301
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About the author (2009)

Tom Standage is deputy editor of The Economist and author of six history books, including Writing on the Wall, The Victorian Internet, and the New York Times bestseller An Edible History of Humanity. He lives in London.

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