Throughout human history, certain drinks have done much more than simply quench our thirst.
As Tom Standage relates with easy authority and charm, six of them - beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea and cola - have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history during pivotal epochs.
From humankind's adoption of agriculture and the birth of cities to the advent of globalization, Standage reveals the intricate interplay of different civilizations by appreciating each drink as a kind of technology, a catalyst for advancing culture.
After reading his clever and enlightened book, you may never look at your favourite drink in the same way again.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages
- Publisher: Atlantic Books
- Publication Date: 14/06/2007
- Category: General & world history
- ISBN: 9781843545958
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Review by wyvernfriend
Quite an interesting look at the world from the point of view of 6 different drinks. Beer to start, then Wine, Spirits, Coffee, tea and Cola. Beer is part of ancient history, a time when it was a safe drink when water was polluted. Wine came next, accompanying Classical Greece and Rome, where they drank it diluted. Spirits were part of the colonial period. They could be easily carried, they survived all those voyages well without spoilage. Coffee is the next one, learning that coffee was brewed first and then re-heated really didn't make me want to experience those early coffees. Tea was the next beverage to come into society, later than you might think. Today's drink is Cola, the drink of the 20th Century and symbol of American Cultural imperialism.The idea is interesting and it was fun to watch the changing attitudes and fashions over the ages. A light book but made me think about the importance of what we drink and what it has done to society.