A History of the World in 6 Glasses

Jan 03

Over the holidays I had the pleasure of reading Tom Standage’s A History of the World in 6 Glasses aloud with my family.

This book was fascinating! It really did correlate world history to beverages and did so in a way that made me feel almost as if I should have already thought of it myself. This is an easy and interesting way to learn about the world’s history—how societies began, developed, changed, improved and ended; how societies interact and grow from random discoveries and purposeful innovations made by both their own society and others; even how societies treat their own members in regards to social class, gender, economic status etc.

A History of the World in 6 Glasses covers history from the Stone Age to the twenty-first century seen from the bottom of these six glasses: Beer, wine, spirits (alcohol), coffee, tea and coca-cola. And the author has done his research! It is filled with fascinating facts and a clear explanation of how these beverages really did play an important role in history. I will end my review with a quote from the book to further entice you to read it,

Understanding the ramifications of who drank what, and why, and where they got it from, requires the traversal of many disparate and otherwise unrelated fields: the histories of agriculture, philosophy, religion, medicine, technology, and commerce.

Click on this link to purchase A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage.

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