A History of the World in 6 Glasses

A History of the World in 6 Glasses

Downloadable Audiobook - 2014
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Author Tom Standage details the history of the world, from the Stone Age to the twenty-first century, through the lens of six defining beverages: beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola.
Publisher: Old Saybrook : Tantor Media, 2014
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781452621494
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eAudiobook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (7 hr., 34 min., 38 sec.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Runnette, Sean
Tantor Media


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Oct 04, 2017

This book reminds me of another favorite of mine, Last Call by Daniel Okrent. That one's about Prohibition. Both books share the not-too-surprising theme that drinking is as much a part of human history as war and sex. Apparently drinking is so intertwined with our primal urges that, as A History of the World in 6 Glasses recounts, any fluctuation in the commerce of beverages has the potential to literally caused revolutions.

The 6 glasses from the title are beer, wine, spirits et al, tea, coffee and Coca-Cola. It would seem that civilization, at any point in its history, either needs a pick-me-up or is looking to take the edge off.

Jul 01, 2017

A very interesting book on the most common drinks in the world and how they helped to shape culture, history, politics and economies. Well written but not long winded.


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