A History of the World in 6 Glasses

A History of the World in 6 Glasses

Book - 2005
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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? From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday, c2005
ISBN: 9780385660860
0385660863
Branch Call Number: 394.12 STA
Characteristics: viii, 311 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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bigreader69
Sep 06, 2013

June 2014

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Bells
Sep 03, 2009

Fascinating read- you'll never look at your favourite beverage again. Standage explains how six seemingly ordinary beverages- beer, wine, rum, coffee, tea and coca-cola- have influenced mankind socially, economically, politically and intellectually. Written in an interesting and engaging way. Great book!

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