Green Gold: The Empire of Tea

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Random House, Nov 30, 2011 - History - 320 pages
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Apart from water, tea is more widely consumed than any other food or drink. Tens of billions of cups are drunk every day. How and why has tea conquered the world? Tea was the first global product. It altered life-styles, religions, etiquette and aesthetics. It raised nations and shattered empires.
Economies were changed out of all recognition. Diseases were thwarted by the magical drink and cities founded on it.

The industrial revolution was fuelled by tea, sealing the fate of the modern world. Green Gold is a remarkable detective story of how an East Himalayan camellia bush became the world's favourite drink. Discover how the tea plant came to be transplanted onto every continent and relive the stories of the men and women whose lives were transformed out of all recognition through contact with the deceptively innocuous green leaf.


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User Review  - kaitanya64 - LibraryThing

This is an interesting and readable introduction, but nothing more. Iris, the co-author's, memoirs of growing up in an Indian tea "garden" are more interesting than the rest of the book. I think of ... Read full review

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User Review  - deldevries - LibraryThing

Barely a 3 ... maybe 2.5 for "ambivalent"? There are bits and pieces of interesting story here, but it is rather dull throughout. Edit this down to what is interesting and it would take 50 pages. Overall: Dull and not worth much time. Read full review


The Empire of Tea
Chapter One
Part I
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Part II
Chapter Nine
Chapter Ten
Chapter Eleven
Part III
Chapter Twelve
Chapter Thirteen
Chapter Fourteen

Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
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Professor Alan Macfarlane is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. He is the world's foremost expert on tea and its social impact and has been the principle social expert on the acclaimed Channel Four series The Day the World Took Off. Iris Macfarlane is Alan's mother and was for many years married to a tea-planter in Assam. She wrote for History Today in the 1960s and has published many books most notable her translations of Assamese and Gaelic folk stories. In the early 1990s Iris appeared extensively on the BBC British Empire series Ruling Passions.

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