If you like history you will like the way he uses what humans have drank over the ages and the affect it had on building empires global commerce. I thoroughly enjoyed the listen.
Loved it! The reader is sometimes slow, but the history and storytelling is engaging. Recommended!
I liked learning how the different drinks were invented, by who, and how they became popular. I bought a hard copy for a friend.
Yes. It's not a cumbersome read. It's a nice length and is interesting enough to enjoy. The book doesn't delve into too much detail which is good for me. There's some interesting detail that I like to remember and bring up in casual conversation with friends.
No issues with the narrator.
This is a pleasant light read that I'd recommend to anyone who is interested in history. Very easy to get thru.
Very good book. The writer made an excellent research. What i loved about the book is that it takes you throughout human kind history from the perspective of beverages.
Great interpretation of how drinks drove development of societies. Excellent job linking history to the what was consumed throughout ages and while entertaining, picked up a LOT of very interesting history I would have never either found out or paid attention to without being presented with this connectivity. Excellent work and very clever.
The section about tea and the scope and breadth of influence it had on India, England, and the US in a way that you can still see the direct remnants of that influence in our time.
My extreme reaction was the horror in the uncovering of how governments manipulated a lot of society through the fight to control the tea trade.
I love me a good microhistory. This one was splendidly done. It covers a vast time period, but manages to keep the focus on the specific subject the book has chosen to explore.
I did! Listened to it in a single night at work, and felt like a historical beverage connoisseur by the end of the night.
I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in a good microhistory. They are a very popular genre right now, and some are more successful than others. This is one of those successful ones.