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A History of the World in 6 Glasses (2005 original; edició 2006)

de Tom Standage (Autor)

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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.… (més)
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Títol:A History of the World in 6 Glasses
Autors:Tom Standage (Autor)
Informació:Walker Publishing Company (2006), Edition: Annotated, 336 pages
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A History of the World in 6 Glasses de Tom STANDAGE (Author) (2005)

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It was only ok. Interesting enough stories and propositions. Nothing really wow. Or that you couldn't gather from the dust jacket. Quick enough read. ( )
  royragsdale | Sep 22, 2021 |
I was interesting to view the world through consumables that helped quench a person's thirst through out history and the impact it had on culture and civilization ( )
  skocherry | Jul 9, 2021 |
The author relates the history of the world by telling the story of the development of beer, wine, distilled spirits, coffee, tea and cola (specifically Coca Cola) Eminently readable and remarkably interesting. ( )
  etxgardener | Jun 28, 2021 |
This was quite a bit thinner than anticipated. The subject matter is so mammoth that it is strange to find so little substance in reading. Honestly felt as if I'd read this before. A good read and quick, to boot. If you wanted a copious amount of knowledge jammed in your noggin maybe look elsewhere. ( )
  ednasilrak | Jun 17, 2021 |
A reasonably entertaining popular history book that passed the time but didn't wow me.

Each section first discussed first the development of a beverage, then its rise to popularity and historical/social context. I think that when the author sticks to writing about the drinks closely the book is more entertaining, and more accurate. Unfortunately, like many books which view history through a deliberately narrow lens, the author consistently overstates the importance of the beverages as drivers of historical change and makes broad unfounded generalizations to support his points. The book also fails in its attempt to be a history of the world. Never mind the world, it doesn't even sketch an outline of Western Civilization, which is where it spends the most time.

Overall, fun enough, if a little dull, but nothing to write home about. ( )
  wishanem | May 27, 2021 |
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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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