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A History of the World in 6 Glasses Throughout human history, certain drinks have done much 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 inGlasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the st century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola Beer was first made in the Fertile Crescent and byBCE 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 th century Europe they became a th century phenomenon, and Coca Cola in particular is the leading symbol of globalizationFor 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



10 thoughts on “A History of the World in 6 Glasses

  1. says:

    First off, let me just say that if the concept of this book interests you, by all means you should read it It s light and breezy, and you stand to lose very little by taking the time However, I have to say that my feelings about this book are very conflicted In terms of quality, the book is clearly delineated into two halves the half discussing alc


  2. says:

    This book should really be called A History of the Western World in 6 Glasses, as it doesn t consider the drinks of South America, Sub Saharan Africa, Oceania, and much of Asia Indeed, tea is considered only through the lens of the British empire, even though the formal Japanese tea service is arguablyinteresting than a British tea party Even as a West


  3. says:

    Whoever the marketing guy was behind Erik Larson s The Devil in the White City Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, he was a genius Because honestly, I don t really want to read a 447 page history of the Chicago World s Fair and I m guessing, neither do you But, if you were hoodwinked into believing as I was that Larson s opus was a


  4. says:

    An interesting and engaging way to learn about history I found it fascinating Will look on these beverages through new lenses now.


  5. says:

    I seem to be in a phase where I like books that show me the hidden life of the everyday things all around us, especially food and drink A few years ago I read Heat An Amateur s Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante Quoting Butcher in Tuscany , by Bill Buford, which started me on this quest, which was followed by severalbook


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    I noticed this book on a few friend s to read lists and thought I should write a review on it since I have read it a few years back and it is still very much part of our family s proud intellectual history8 We do not realize how necessary fluids are for our survival As Tom Standage states, we can live without food for quite a while, but will die very soon of fluid dep


  7. says:

    This book, I ve read twice It takes you from the formation of beer and society in Mesopotamia, to the use of wine as currency and how wine types represented a social classification system in Greece and Rome It went through spirits and colonial time We only have whiskey because it took too long to ship scotch and brandy by wagon out west, so we made corn whiskey To how cof


  8. says:

    Excellent book about 6 drinks beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea and Cola that impacted live of mankind through different ages.


  9. says:

    An interesting way of breaking history up by beer, wine, whiskey, coffee, tea, cola Each came into its own in our history may well have driven it in some ways The basic idea along with a thumbnail of each is laid out in the introduction pretty well Well enough that I didn t want to continue listening after about half the first section on beer I didn t care much for the narrator t


  10. says:

    It is funny how we prefer certain aspects of books Another review here enjoyed the non alcoholic drinks better than the alcoholic drinks due to the amount of history and economics it covered, but I found the alcohol drinks to be farinteresting, in depth, and entertaining Overall, I liked this book and learned a lot about how these drinks affected trade and became popular worldwide.


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About the Author: Tom Standage

Tom Standage is a journalist and author from England A graduate of Oxford University, he has worked as a science and technology writer for The Guardian, as the business editor at The Economist, has been published in Wired, The New York Times, and The Daily Telegraph, and has published five books, including The Victorian Internet 1 2 This book explores the historical development of the telegraph and the social ramifications associated with this development Tom Standage also proposes that if Victorians from the 1800s were to be around today, they would be far from impressed with present Internet capabilities This is because the development of the telegraph essentially mirrored the development of the Internet Both technologies can be seen to have largely impacted the speed and transmission of information and both were widely criticised by some, due to their perceived negative consequences.Standage has taken part in various key media events He recently participated in ictQATAR s Media Connected forum for journalists in Qatar, where he discussed the concept of technology journalism around the world and how technology is expected to keep transforming the world of journalism in the Middle East and all around the world Wikipedia