A History Of The World In 6 Glasses by Tom StandageA History Of The World In 6 Glasses by Tom Standage

A History Of The World In 6 Glasses

byTom Standage

Paperback | May 16, 2006

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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...
Title:A History Of The World In 6 GlassesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.2 × 5.61 × 0.92 inPublished:May 16, 2006Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0802715524

ISBN - 13:9780802715524

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from poured great glasses but spilled them all Brilliant concept to discuss the world of drink through six different beverages. Only problem is the writing is grade school book report level and the research even less so.
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting but could offer deeper draught Really interesting read - but a tad superficial. Could have done with more of the story of each of the six drinks that played such a pivotal role in the history of the world. Luckily a quick read.
Date published: 2016-11-10

Editorial Reviews

"[A HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN 6 GLASSES] is loaded with the kind of data that get talked about at the figurative water cooler...Incisive, illuminating and swift." -Janet Maslin, The New York Times