Drink: A Cultural History of Alcohol

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Penguin, Jul 3, 2008 - Cooking - 560 pages
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A spirited look at the history of alcohol, from the dawn of civilization to the modern day

Alcohol is a fundamental part of Western culture. We have been drinking as long as we have been human, and for better or worse, alcohol has shaped our civilization. Drink investigates the history of this Jekyll and Hyde of fluids, tracing mankind's love/hate relationship with alcohol from ancient Egypt to the present day.

Drink further documents the contribution of alcohol to the birth and growth of the United States, taking in the War of Independence, the Pennsylvania Whiskey revolt, the slave trade, and the failed experiment of national Prohibition. Finally, it provides a history of the world's most famous drinks-and the world's most famous drinkers. Packed with trivia and colorful characters, Drink amounts to an intoxicating history of the world.
 

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For thousands of years, the world has both celebrated and cursed alcohol. In his latest breezily entertaining book, Gately, who has also written about another addictive substance in Tobacco: A ... Read full review

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Delicious reading! Truly quenches the mind. This is one volume that I will certainly have to imbibe a few more times.

Contents

WEST
THE KING OF SAN FRANCISCO
GOOD TASTE
EMANCIPATION
IMPERIAL PREFERENCE
LA FÉE VERTE 26 HATCHETATION
IN THE CHALK TRENCHES OF CHAMPAGNE
AMPHIBIANS

A NEW WORLD OF DRINKING
WATKINS
PILGRIMS
RESTORATION
12
GIN FEVER
PROGRESS
REVOLUTION
WARRA WARRA
WHISKEY WITH AN
ROMANTIC DRINKING
APOSTLES OF COLD WATER
LOST
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
THE BOTTLE
RECONSTRUCTION
FLASHBACKS
WESTERNIZATION
MESSAGES
SINGLETONS WINE LAKES AND THE MOSCOW EXPRESS
FIAT
NOTES
INDEX
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About the author (2008)

Iain Gately is the author of Tobacco: A Cultural History of How an Exotic Plant Seduced Civilization. Raise in Hong Kong, he studied law at Cambridge University and worked in the financial markets of London, where he currently lives.

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