A History of the World in Six Glasses

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Random House of Canada, Limited, 2006 - Alcoholic beverages - 320 pages
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Whatever your favourite tipple, when you pour yourself a drink, you have the past in a glass.

You can likely find them all in your own kitchen — beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, cola. Line them up on the counter, and there you have it: thousands of years of human history in six drinks.

Tom Standage opens a window onto the past in this tour of six beverages that remain essentials today. En route he makes fascinating forays into the byways of western culture: Why were ancient Egyptians buried with beer? Why was wine considered a “classier” drink than beer by the Romans? How did rum grog help the British navy defeat Napoleon? What is the relationship between coffee and revolution? And how did Coca-Cola become the number one poster-product for globalization decades before the term was even coined?


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User Review  - MrsLee - LibraryThing

The author begins with the premise that the various drinks which have been popular throughout history have actually driven history. Although this didn't reveal much new about world history, it ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sarah_Buckley - LibraryThing

This was a pretty good look at the history surrounding a lot of popular drinks. I liked the look at ho many of our drinks (like beer) have been used throughout history. Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Tom Standage is the technology correspondent for The Economist. His previous books include The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century’s On-Line Pioneers and The TURK: The Life and Times of the Famous Eighteenth-Century Chess-Playing Machine. He lives with his wife and daughter in Greenwich, England.


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