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A History of the World in 6 Glasses Throughout human history, certain drinks have done much 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 inGlasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the st century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola Beer was first made in the Fertile Crescent and byBCE 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 th century Europe they became a th century phenomenon, and Coca Cola in particular is the leading symbol of globalizationFor 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 [PDF / Epub] ☉ Book Lover Author Jennifer Kaufman – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk certain drinks have done much than just quench thirst As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm ★ Secret Delivery / Her 24-Hour Protector PDF / Epub ✪ Author Delores Fossen – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history ➥ [Epub] ➟ Kholodovs Last Mistress By Kate Hewitt ➯ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period A History of the World inGlasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the st century through the lens of beer ❮Télécharger❯ ➺ Wicked Sinner (Regency Sinners 7) ✤ Auteur Carole Mortimer – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk wine [KINDLE] ❃ If the Stiletto Fits... ❧ Wendy Etherington – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk spirits [Download] ➺ What Phoebe Wants (Harlequin Flipside, By Cindi Myers – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk coffee ❮Download❯ ➻ Ruthlessly Royal (Self-Made Millionaires Author Robyn Donald – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk tea [Epub] ❧ An Amish Family Christmas By Marta Perry – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and cola Beer was first made in the Fertile Crescent and byBCE 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 [PDF / Epub] ☃ Interrupted Lullaby ✑ Dana R. Lynn – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk helping spread Greek culture abroad Spirits such as brandy and rum fueled the Age of Exploration ☃ [PDF / Epub] ☂ Gift-Wrapped Governess By Sophia James ✑ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk fortifying seamen on long voyages and oiling the pernicious slave trade Although coffee originated in the Arab world ❰Epub❯ ➛ Vows of Revenge Author Dani Collins – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk it stoked revolutionary thought in Europe during the Age of Reason [Download] ➹ Not a Fairy Tale By Romy Sommer – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk when coffeehouses became centers of intellectual exchange And hundreds of years after the Chinese began drinking tea [EPUB] ✹ The Midwife and the Single Dad Author Gill Sanderson – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk it became especially popular in Britain [Epub] ❧ Small-Town Billionaire Author Renee Andrews – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk with far reaching effects on British foreign policy Finally ❰Download❯ ✤ A Convenient Marriage Author Maggie Cox – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk though carbonated drinks were invented in th century Europe they became a th century phenomenon ✅ [PDF / Epub] ☉ A French Pirouette By Jennifer Bohnet ⚣ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and Coca Cola in particular is the leading symbol of globalizationFor Tom Standage [PDF] ✪ The Doctors Courageous Bride Author Dianne Drake – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk each drink is a kind of technology [EPUB] ✻ The Demure Miss Manning ✾ Amanda McCabe – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk 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 It is funny how we prefer certain aspects of books Another review here enjoyed the non alcoholic drinks better than the alcoholic drinks due to the amount of history and economics it covered, but I found the alcohol drinks to be farinteresting, in depth, and entertaining Overall, I liked this book and learned a lot about how these drinks affected trade and became popular worldwide. First off, let me just say that if the concept of this book interests you, by all means you should read it It s light and breezy, and you stand to lose very little by taking the time However, I have to say that my feelings about this book are very conflicted In terms of quality, the book is clearly delineated into two halves the half discussing alcoholic drinks, and the half discussing caffeinated drinks Throughout the first portion of the book, which focuses on beer, wine, and spirits, I w First off, let me just say that if the concept of this book interests you, by all means you should read it It s light and breezy, and you stand to lose very little by taking the time However, I have to say that my feelings about this book are very conflicted In terms of quality, the book is clearly delineated into two halves the half discussing alcoholic drinks, and the half discussing caffeinated drinks Throughout the first portion of the book, which focuses on beer, wine, and spirits, I was a bit bored, and found myself becoming frustrated at how repetitive Standage s writing could be It seemed like there just wasn t enough substance to back up Standage s claims of how dramatically these beverages had impacted human history, and the facts and arguments he did provide were often repeated in subtly different ways throughout a given section I was still interested in the material of this half of the book, I just didn t find it particularly compelling The second half, by contrast, really delivered on the promise of the book s thesis, and it s pretty obvious why Standage is an editor for The Economist, and it s clear reading this book that economics is what he feels most comfortable writing about His discussions of the impacts of the British tea trade, in particular, were extremely interesting Indeed, Standage finds it difficult to conceal his British biases, as the most in depth and interesting parts of this book exclusively discuss British culture The only thing that detracted from my enjoyment of the second half of this book was the way that Standage s own personal socioeconomic views seeped into the section on Coca Cola, so that by the end it started reading like a pro free trade pamphlet It s nothing that some good editing couldn t have fixed, and it left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth ha, ha as I finished the book Still, overall, well worth the read, and it s certainly made me curious about a lot of aspects of history that I d never even contemplated before This book should really be called A History of the Western World in 6 Glasses, as it doesn t consider the drinks of South America, Sub Saharan Africa, Oceania, and much of Asia Indeed, tea is considered only through the lens of the British empire, even though the formal Japanese tea service is arguablyinteresting than a British tea party Even as a Western history, it kind of fails, as there s a large gap between wine production in the Roman empire and the distillation of rum in Barbado This book should really be called A History of the Western World in 6 Glasses, as it doesn t consider the drinks of South America, Sub Saharan Africa, Oceania, and much of Asia Indeed, tea is considered only through the lens of the British empire, even though the formal Japanese tea service is arguablyinteresting than a British tea party Even as a Western history, it kind of fails, as there s a large gap between wine production in the Roman empire and the distillation of rum in Barbados This can only be viewed as a surface history of the world, but as far as surface stories go, it s pretty interesting.Throughout the book, Standage tells the history of six beverages beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and Coca Cola as they appeared in the historical record This is actually not so great, as the book ends up talking about beer without ever mentioning Germany, and wine without ever mentioning France or California Instead of bringing it all back together in the epilogue, he just rambles on about bottled water and randomly colonizing Mars.The book also contains a shockingly uncritical depiction of the Coca Cola company, which creatives a beverage that can best be described as a noxious substance that no one should be consuming, especially not on a regular basis Unfortunately, the health effects of soda are not discussed.I d recommend A History of the World in 6 Glasses only to those interested in culinary history and esoterica History buffs and general readers should skip this one Whoever the marketing guy was behind Erik Larson s The Devil in the White City Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, he was a genius Because honestly, I don t really want to read a 447 page history of the Chicago World s Fair and I m guessing, neither do you But, if you were hoodwinked into believing as I was that Larson s opus was an inspired bit of comparison between the architect of the 1893 World s Fair and a diabolically brilliant psychopath and kept reading b Whoever the marketing guy was behind Erik Larson s The Devil in the White City Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, he was a genius Because honestly, I don t really want to read a 447 page history of the Chicago World s Fair and I m guessing, neither do you But, if you were hoodwinked into believing as I was that Larson s opus was an inspired bit of comparison between the architect of the 1893 World s Fair and a diabolically brilliant psychopath and kept reading because you were waiting for the numerous opportunities Larson had to make this happen and then realized somewhere about two thirds of the way through that he had perhaps added the bit about the serial killer because he realized that no one would probably read the book if it didn t have some sort of hook and then you noticed that Larson sort of pulled it off anyway and just bear with me onemoment here you realized years later that the passages you most remember in the book were these tremendously well crafted passages about the World s Fair itself juxtaposed with a noirish filth ridden Chicago, you might, like I did tonight, come to forgive the misrepresentation and accept the book as a rather brilliant historical narrative So, thanks guy who wrote the jacket copy for Larson because you totally made me read the book and just like I lie to my son and tell him that spinach is pesto because he ll eat pesto, you lied to me and I was the better for it.As for you Tom Standage, or whoever allowed you to waste as brilliant an idea as this, fuck you, and I think you need to take the excellent idea that could have been this book and put it back in the pool because you straight messed it up Seriously, I want a full rewrite with a different author because I don t know how you take so tremendously focused an idea as tracing world civilization through its dominant beverages beverages mind you that I have a close and deeply personal relationship with and turn it into the kind of prose that I mfamiliar with from middle school history textbooks You offered me a nicely aged single malt but what I got was a half pint of Borden chocolate milk with the seam that smells like the lunch lady.That said for keeping it brief and managing to remind me how good historical nonfiction can be when written by other authors I applaud you 1.5 5

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