A History of the World in 6 Glasses

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Author(s): Tom Standage
Genre: Cooking, History
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Product Number: DD0178
Released: Mar 20, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781452601496
Narrator/s: Sean Runnette
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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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 twenty-first 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 different 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 beverage the same way again.

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A History of the World in 6 Glasses
Product Number: BX00036366
Product Number:DD0178
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Author(s): Tom Standage
Narrator(s): Sean Runnette
Genre: Cooking, History
Product Number Z100088377
Released: Feb 02, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781452621494
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Author(s): Tom Standage
Genre: Cooking, History
Product Number EB00637299
Released: Feb 23, 2016
Business Term: 52 Circ / 730 Day
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
ISBN: #9780802718594

Professional reviews

"Like Mark Kurlansky's highly enlightening COD, which traces history through the rise of commercial fishing, A HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN 6 GLASSES takes a similar approach with beverages. Standage--technology editor of THE ECONOMIST--is appropriately sparing in his words, never wasting a drop. His thought-provoking theories on the rise of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola will have listeners thinking about their favorite beverages in whole new ways. Sean Runnette's composed voice is like the lining of an oak cask holding a refined concoction, imparting a bit of its flavor on the contents but never overpowering the brew. His narration is perfect for Standage's insightful history of some of humankind's greatest pleasures. J.S.H. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"

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