A History of the World in 6 Glasses

A History of the World in 6 Glasses

Streaming Audiobook - 2011
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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. For Standage, each drink is a different kind of technology, a catalyst for advancing culture by which he demonstrates the intricate interplay of different civilizations.
Publisher: [United States] : Tantor Media, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2011
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781452621494
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (480 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Runnette, Sean


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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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