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  • Title: A History of the World in Six Glasses
  • Author: Tom Standage
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 340
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Whatever your favourite tipple, when you pour yourself a drink, you have the past in a glass.You can likely find them all in your own kitchen beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, cola Line them up on the counter, and there you have it thousands of years of human history in six drinks.Tom Standage opens a window onto the past in this tour of six beverages that remain essenWhatever your favourite tipple, when you pour yourself a drink, you have the past in a glass.You can likely find them all in your own kitchen beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, cola Line them up on the counter, and there you have it thousands of years of human history in six drinks.Tom Standage opens a window onto the past in this tour of six beverages that remain essentials today En route he makes fascinating forays into the byways of western culture Why were ancient Egyptians buried with beer Why was wine considered a classier drink than beer by the Romans How did rum grog help the British navy defeat Napoleon What is the relationship between coffee and revolution And how did Coca Cola become the number one poster product for globalization decades before the term was even coined From the Hardcover edition.
    A History of the World in Six Glasses Whatever your favourite tipple when you pour yourself a drink you have the past in a glass You can likely find them all in your own kitchen beer wine spirits coffee tea cola Line them up on the

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    1. 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 alcoholic drinks, and the half discussing caffeinated drinks Throughout the first portion of the book, which focuses on beer, wine, and spirits, I was a [...]

    2. 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 an inspired bit of comparison between the architect of the 1893 World s Fair and a diabolically brilliant psychopath and kept reading because y [...]

    3. 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 arguably interesting than a British tea party Even as a Western history, it kind of fails, as there s a large gap between wine production in the Roman empire and the distillation of rum in Barbados This c [...]

    4. 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 ellectual 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 deprivation In fact, aren t we looking for water on Mars before we migrate there Initially I did not plan to buy this book I was trying [...]

    5. 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 that wasn t helped by repetitious writing This would probably be a great book to read, though.It s doubtful, but I migh [...]

    6. 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 far interesting, in depth, and entertaining Overall, I liked this book and learned a lot about how these drinks affected trade and became popular worldwide.

    7. 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 coffee was at first banned in Muslim society and called black wine till they figured that it caused a different state of mind tha [...]

    8. 6 Glasses zeroes in on six liquids from beer in ancient Mesopotamia to wine and spirits to coffee and tea and finally to cola and the globalization of brands such as Pepsi and Coca Cola and targets each as being responsible or at least culpable for the shaping of cultures quite likely , writing itself quite possible , and industrialization believable, especially in light of Coke.Each of the libations receives its proper dues The organization of the book itself is very well done, and the anecdote [...]

    9. 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 several books, including The Omnivore s Dilemma , by Michael Pollan Most recently I read The Search for God and Guinness , by Stephen Mansfield. [...]

    10. I saw this in my sister s to read list and, boy, am I glad This was a really fun book to read For me It was not so fun for my husband, who was stuck sitting next to me and hearing, Hey, listen to this and Here s something interesting But now I m done, so he can read all the little leftover bits where I managed to hold my tongue and let him enjoy his own book which probably wasn t half so interesting.The book attempts to tell the history of the world using six beverages that illustrate the social [...]

    11. This was a great book If you re interested in history and beverages I highly recommend it to you.It explores world history from the point of view of the discovery and consumption of several key beverages beer, wine, rum, coffee, tea and cola I learned a lot My favorite chapters were the ones about coffee.I recommend it, specially in audiobook format.

    12. Pop non fiction with clever gimmick of six beverages to summarize world history Plenty of interesting factoids One problem is that the flip side of the cleverness of the gimmick is that all sorts of beverages are left out The human consumption of animal milk, for example, is an interesting story with important implications but we don t learn about that Another problem is that the research does not appear to be very deep and so some of the factoids don t seem to be true For example, tea is credit [...]

    13. It is possible to view history through almost any lens this case the author chose drinks to tell a story of the world s development Filled with interesting facts and carefully researched, the author deftly recounts human political religious events from the perspective of six different drinks Interestingly, half of them contain no alcohol I would have rated it higher were it not for the sometimes confusing prose Transitional phrases from one subtopic to the next did not have the flow needed to co [...]

    14. I read about this book and was interested in the concept How have various drinks helped shape human history I wasn t sure what to expect, but what I got was a light read that was entertaining and informative Discussed are beer, wine, rum, coffee, tea, and Coke I know it sounds like a weird and random assortment, but the author makes it work Beer was one of the first drinks mankind made, and some theories about how it happened, ancient stories about it, and its importance to ancient cultures are [...]

    15. This was a lot of fun Tom Standage is a writer for The Economist, and this book, A History of the World in 6 glasses, reads well It takes you through 6 chapters dedicated to beer, wine, distilled spirits, coffee, tea, and Coke Beer was a big part of the development of domestication and agriculture, and he goes through how it probably developed and what customs still survive Beer used to be drunk from one huge jar, and everyone would use a straw, so it was a very communal thing one of the anteced [...]

    16. An extremely interesting history of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, Coca Cola and, yes, to some extent, water so, it s really 7 through the lens of world events, the evolution of civilization, colonization, trade, politics, culture, religion, health, war, and, of course, economics.This is a fast, fun read, if for no other reason than it offers relatively compact, easy to digest , histories of the six drinks beverages in the context of, well, the history of the world Particularly if you ve trav [...]

    17. As someone who s never really enjoyed proper history, I m always surprised when I find myself enjoying a history book This managed to both entertain and educate me, because with just the 6 drinks highlighted the author managed to create a brief history of civilisation as we know it It really is amazing how much the fashions for certain drinks and or the lack of taxation on certain drinks has shaped the world I think the last chapter, on CocaCola, let the book down slightly though For the first f [...]

    18. Meh Where it was good, it was GREAT Oddly for me, cos I don t touch the stuff the section on coffee was the most interesting.Where it wasn t great, it ran to boring Part of me wanted , thinking it had to be interesting than what I was reading But after a while, part of me thought maybe it s just not, and would be only of the same.If you re already interested in this book, go ahead pick it up You ll get through it you will learn some interesting facts and you may wind up loving it If you re no [...]

    19. I enjoy history I enjoy libations Standage combines them both to wield a fascinating book on how 6 distinct beverages helped to shape and, at times, even define a time period From the Neolithic period and how the Mesopotamians stumbled into making beer, to the Industrial Revolution and the rise of Coca Cola, it impresses the idea that beverages were not simply for enjoyment but were often catalysts of change in our society and in global influence.

    20. I wanted to enjoy reading this book than I did It is very informative, and the topic 6 glasses is a creative way to view history I found it to be very repetitive, however, and the author could have cut the material in half without losing content, especially in the first half of the book about beer, wine, and spirits The book became interesting to me, and less repetitive in the second half about coffee, tea, and cola but still would have benefitted from some editing.

    21. Your run of the mill gimmicky nonfiction This one tries organize world history through the lens of beer wine spirits coffee tea soda It drags here and there, but does have some fun facts I hadn t heard before Kind of fun, kind of forgettable Feels like virtue for being true, but doesn t leave a great deal of understanding in its wake.

    22. This got recommended at Lunacon at than one panel I was at The title is a bit hyperbolic The six drinks discussed are indeed significant in the history of beverages, and their adoption occured at otherwise historically significant times, but sometimes they were just harbringers, or even merely coinciding though sometimes they were indeed movers and shakers in history Then, the drinks by themselves can be fascinating.Beer is the first, and obviously, the least well documented, since it predates [...]

    23. Fascinating The kind of book that inspires you to learn even about the subject, and to go drink something to celebrate human creativity and ingenuity.

    24. I read this book since my son recommended it to me, while reading it for his World History AP class this year I see why he liked it and I generally did too It is fun and breezy and covers some fascinating ground that is indeed important, and grossly undercovered in most books or courses in history.However, the book is a bit presumptuous in stating it is a History of the World or that the six drinks have defined humankind s past Neither statement is totally true, except in a very loose way, but t [...]

    25. I would probably not have picked this book to read if it were up to me, because I tend to prefer books that go a bit in depth on a topic After all, I read an entire book about one kind of fish Cod A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World This was the holiday read for my in person international book club, so I was able to breeze through it over the holidays The author gives a brief overview of the history of six beverages beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and Coca Cola Yeah, the last one w [...]

    26. An enjoyable and readable book, like an edition of The Economist about things that happened a long time ago It has the point of view if you wish, you may call them biases of that magazine the author s employer , meaning, it is generally cheerful, it admires and celebrates commerce as heroic, and it doesn t spend time getting excessively hot and bothered about the exploitation and misery that inevitably accompanies human commercial activity.I hope that the author doesn t read the reviews here If [...]

    27. This books was a very interesting concept Look at how six beverages are linked to various times and places in history While the beer chapter lacked a bit for me, this may have been due to the fact that it was from the Neolithic Period, and lacked a lot of the excellent primary source material that Enlightenment coffee houses or rum drinking ship captains are accompanied by Still it was a fascinating look at how civilization and drinks are linked I wish it had better references and notes, but it [...]

    28. I didn t finish this book We went to the library Sunday and I decided just to go ahead and return it.In short Beer Mesopotamia, liquid bread, drink of the peopleWine Greeks, symposia, democracySpirits Colonialism, Slave Trade, RevolutionCoffee Age of reason, academic discourse, people aren t drunk all the timeTea British EmpireCoke AmericaThe key point i took away is that what every drink has in common is an alternative to water which could be contaminated all these drinks involve boiling water [...]

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