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    From beer to Coca-Cola, the six drinks that have helped shape human history
    Throughout human history, certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm, six of them have had a surp......more

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From beer to Coca-Cola, the six drinks that have helped shape human history
Throughout human history, certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm, six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period.

A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola. Beer was first made in the Fertile Crescent and by 3000 B.C.E. was so important to Mesopotamia and Egypt that it was used to pay wages. In ancient Greece wine became the main export of her vast seaborne trade, helping spread Greek culture abroad. Spirits such as brandy and rum fueled the Age of Exploration, fortifying seamen on long voyages and oiling the pernicious slave trade. Although coffee originated in the Arab world, it stoked revolutionary thought in Europe during the Age of Reason, when coffeehouses became centers of intellectual exchange. And hundreds of years after the Chinese began drinking tea, it became especially popular in Britain, with far-reaching effects on British foreign policy. Finally, though carbonated drinks were invented in 18th-century Europe they became a 20th-century phenomenon, and Coca-Cola in particular is the leading symbol of globalization.

For Tom Standage, each drink is a kind of technology, a catalyst for advancing culture by which he demonstrates the intricate interplay of different civilizations. You may never look at your favorite drink the same way again.

Tom Standage is technology editor at The Economist magazine and the author of four history books, "A History of the World in Six Glasses" (2005), "The Turk" (2002), "The Neptune File" (2000) and "The Victorian Internet" (1998). He holds a degree in engineering and computer science from Oxford University, and is the least musical member of a musical family. He is married and lives in Greenwich, London, with his wife and daughter.

Author:
Standage, Tom
Genre:
HISTORY / World
Audience:
General/trade
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
311
Language:
English
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Pub Plc USA
Publish Date:
05/10/2006
Copyright Year:
2005
ISBN:
9780802715524
Height:
8.0 in
Wdth:
5.5 in
Thickness:
0.5 in
Unit weight:
0.6 lb
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  • A History of the World in 6 Glasses

    Very interesting book that was recommended to us and turned out to be exactly as described.

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  • Good book

    The book was priced wonderfully, but the book didn't keep me interested enough. I read it and some chapters were quite interesting and informative, but overall, I'd purchase it here as a paperback, so you don't waste your money.

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