Book Reviews of A History Of The World In Six Glasses

A History Of The World In Six Glasses
A History Of The World In Six Glasses
Author: Tom Standage
ISBN-13: 9780802714473
ISBN-10: 0802714471
Publication Date: 6/1/2005
Pages: 240
Rating:
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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3.4 stars, based on 14 ratings
Publisher: Walker Company
Book Type: Hardcover
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Excellent review of history written through the lens of several of humanity's favorite beverages. Very enjoyable read.
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Very intersting read, but a bit dry and dragging in places.
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If you are a history buff, and even if you aren't, this is a wonderful read which adds more background as to why great movements in history and social change occurred or succeeded.

Now, when I lift that glass of beer to my lips, I feel content, knowing I'm helping to preserve civilization!
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Neat book!
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this is a good book and it give a real cool history lesson in it.
Very good book easy to read and keeps your attention.
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It's books like this that make history fun. An entertaining lesson in how six beverages (beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea and Coca-Cola) had an impact on civilisation. As well as learning about these beverages, I also got a bit of a history lesson and learnt things that I didn't know before.
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"A History of the World in 6 Glasses" is that an intriguing title or what? This was required reading for both of my daughters in their high school freshman literature class and it intrigued me for 4 years before I picked it up to read it. I had to get my own copy though because theirs was so heavily annotated (my understanding is that they are encouraged to write in their books these days - boy, how times have changed). Anyway . . .

In "A History of the World in 6 Glasses" Tom Standage presents a historical perspective on the development of the 6 major non-water beverages of the world as well as their subsequent impact on the evolution of the societies where they were developed. The six, in a rough chronological order, are beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and Coca-Cola.

Mr. Standage's writing still is light and easy to read yet full of information. There some tidbits I vaguely recall from my school years (such as the rise of sugar cane and production of molasses) but many new facts that I found fun and informative - like the alcohol limit inherent in beer production, and how beer and wine effected the outcome of various naval battles.

Definitely worth a read if you are a history buff, enjoy reading about the evolution of cultures, or simply like beer, wine, and spirits - or coffee, tea - or Coke. Salud!