04 October 2009

Beer! and Wine and Tea....


A History of the World in Six Glasses is a fun nonfiction book by Tom Standage. A sort of alternate history, the book discusses how various beverages influenced the world. The chapters on beer, wine and tea are the most interesting to me. Wages used to be paid in beer! Tea supply directed British foreign policy! Wine led to the Republic! The Coke chapters were the least interesting. I've read plenty on globalization and American dominance overseas. I recommend this one though, a 5 from me.

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