I am an eclectic person who loves to learn.
Absolutely highly amusing and interesting.
I would compare this to Guns Germs and Steel because both look at the bigger picture of history. This book focuses on drinks and their origins. Both take a unique perspective on history and teach in an interesting way. Although the History of the World in 6 glasses was a little more fun and much shorter. A must read!
Very good voice to listen to.
So interesting the history of Coca cola and Pepsi. The politics about where they could sell their product in the world was interesting. Especially since Coca Cola was the drink of World War I.
What a fascinating book! Standage uses 6 major beverages as a hook to explain much of human history. Not only does he describe the history of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea & Coke, but he goes into how each of these sparked & fueled movements that changed the world. This is a refreshing alternative to boring history books that focus on names and dates. The book is extremely well written; I loved the audio version read by an excellent narrator. If you like any or all of these beverages & would like to understand their role in human history, read this book!
I found the history very entertaining and to see how civilization and culture and food/drink is all intertwined is very interesting.
For breaking down most of history into 6 stages, the information was more detailed than I was expecting.
I had read other things about most of these beverages, though most of the spirit information was new to me.
This is a good book to listen to - as it gives an interesting history lesson using beverages as the yardstick. People can relate to all the beverages discussed.
Very good narrator.
Wanted to finish the book.
As a historian, I wasn't sure I would like this book. However, it was pretty good and I recommend it. Each beverage is a really useful vehicle to discuss the history of a particular era/culture. Standage did a good job of transitioning from one to another and letting us see the evolution of his concept. I like his vision of the next important "glass" (probably water). The book isn't long, and it is a worthy listen.
I love historical trivia connected to the present day life. This is purely informational, no story lines or characters, like a very interesting chapter in a history book. Caveat: I am a lover of all 6 glasses discussed, so each one i found interesting. I read this book glass by glass, listening to one chapter between other books i was reading. And, with a glass (or 2 or 3) of the highlighted beverage to toast the chapter. Would make a nice gift.
This was a great history lesson based on what the drink of the time was and how it impacted decisions and politics. Dating back to wine in rome to rum in American, tea in England and coffee house decisions. It really was fascinating to listen to, but I love history
Each "glass" was it's own story and equally as memorable
Yes, the making of beer when America was first settled and they wanted more then just water to drink. Also the market for Rum and England trying to control the import of key ingredients and America getting around that rule.
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Good book and narrator. I'm not sure if it because I read a lot but I knew a great deal of this already and I read nonfiction to learn new things. Still, it was a pleasurable read.
I enjoyed this book, focused on beverages (coffee, tea, beer, etc.) and world history. A pleasant listen while learning a new thing or two is always fun.
This is the kind of styles I like: good pace, cerebral, well-documented, meaty, mind-bending.
A rather illuminating perspective on modern history, the book builds an interesting theory that the big ages of humanity were coincidental with changes in the most popular drinks. The book is non-committal, however, as to whether the new availability of the drink was a significant factor in the end of an era, or if it is the new era that caused the greater popularity of the new drink. Nevertheless, it makes it very clear that the new era and the new drink did reinforce each other.
Paradoxically, my main reservation on the book is that the general topic is a bit dry. Like a coffee table book, the material is interesting but it is difficult to get interested about short snippets about the drink or its context with few characters or grand historical events. Another missed opportunity is that the book does not really follow-up on old drinks, through the ages, when their main era ends. I wish I would know more about the slow decline of a drink or if that decline is permanent, specially given the importance of beer, wine, etc. in modern America.
Yet, this is a very real treasure trove of historical about just about everyone's favorite drink.