A History of the World in 6 Glasses

3.74 avg rating
( 11,892 ratings by GoodReads )
 
9781843545958: A History of the World in 6 Glasses

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.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Inside Flap:

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 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?

About the Author:

Tom Standage is technology editor at the Economist magazine and the author of The Turk, The Neptune File, and The Victorian Internet.

Sean Runnette, a multiple AudioFile Earphones Award winner, has also produced several Audie Award-winning audiobooks. His film and television appearances include Two If by Sea, Copland, Sex and the City, Law & Order, Third Watch, and lots and lots of commercials.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

TOM STANDAGE
Published by Atlantic Books (2007)
ISBN 10: 1843545950 ISBN 13: 9781843545958
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Revival Books Ltd
(Rossendale, LANCS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Atlantic Books, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. A slight tan to page edges Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Bookseller Inventory # mon0006408701

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 3.88
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.52
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

TOM STANDAGE
Published by Atlantic Books (2007)
ISBN 10: 1843545950 ISBN 13: 9781843545958
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Revival Books Ltd
(Rossendale, LANCS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Atlantic Books, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Very Good: a copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Bookseller Inventory # mon0006409472

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 3.88
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.52
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

TOM STANDAGE
ISBN 10: 1843545950 ISBN 13: 9781843545958
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 4
Seller
WorldofBooks
(Goring-By-Sea, WS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Bookseller Inventory # GOR001512574

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 3.88
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 6.14
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

TOM STANDAGE
ISBN 10: 1843545950 ISBN 13: 9781843545958
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
WorldofBooks
(Goring-By-Sea, WS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Bookseller Inventory # GOR001933162

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 3.88
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 6.14
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

TOM STANDAGE
Published by Atlantic Books (2007)
ISBN 10: 1843545950 ISBN 13: 9781843545958
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Greener Books
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Atlantic Books, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: Used; Good. **SHIPPED FROM UK** We believe you will be completely satisfied with our quick and reliable service. All orders are dispatched as swiftly as possible! Buy with confidence!. Bookseller Inventory # mon0001577855

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 7.14
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.73
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

TOM STANDAGE
Published by ATLANTIC BOOKS
ISBN 10: 1843545950 ISBN 13: 9781843545958
Used PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Buckle's Books
(Cambridge, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description ATLANTIC BOOKS. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: Very Good. 1843545950 Paperback. Slight wear to covers otherwise no damage, internally clean. Very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # C14A20008

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 25.86
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 8.79
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

TOM STANDAGE
ISBN 10: 1843545950 ISBN 13: 9781843545958
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
PreLoved ltd
(AYLESBURY, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Bookseller Inventory # PL00072031B

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 29.66
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 5.16
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

TOM STANDAGE
Published by Atlantic Books, (2007)
ISBN 10: 1843545950 ISBN 13: 9781843545958
Used Taschenbuch Quantity Available: 3
Seller
buecherdackel
(regensburg, Germany)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Atlantic Books, 2007. Taschenbuch. Book Condition: Sehr gut. in engl. Sprache, leichte äußere Gebrauchsspuren, Buch ansonsten in gutem, ungelesenem Zustand. Rechnung mit ausgewiesener MwSt. liegt bei. BITTE BEACHTEN SIE: EIN VERSAND VON BÜCHER-UND WARENSENDUNGEN AN DHL-PACKSTATIONEN IST VON UNS NICHT MÖGLICH!!!!!!! PAKETE KÖNNEN AN PACKSTATIONEN VERSCHICKT WERDEN. Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 314. Bookseller Inventory # 165444

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 7.59
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 37.04
From Germany to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

TOM STANDAGE
Published by Atlantic Books (2007)
ISBN 10: 1843545950 ISBN 13: 9781843545958
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller
Goldstone Books
(Ammanford, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Atlantic Books, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. All orders are dispatched the following working day from our UK warehouse. Established in 2004, we have over 500,000 books in stock. No quibble refund if not completely satisfied. Bookseller Inventory # mon0001806138

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 42.42
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 6.27
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds