I would listen to this audiobook again. It is a fascinating take on the roles played by beer, wine, liquor, coffee, tea, and cola in the development of civilization, religion, politics, imperialism, colonialism, and just about any other ism you want to name.
If you like history told as a story, this is the book for you.
Favorites are histories and mysteries. Once avid reader trying to pick up the pace again later in life.
I learned a lot about the influence of beer, wine, distilled spirits, coffee, tea and cola shaping societies and historical events since the early civilizations. In fact, I am listening to this book for the 3rd time there is so much to learn from it. However, some histories are entertaining and others are more like dry encyclopedia articles and this is the latter. It is serious throughout in language and tone. There are many fascinating things to be learned, though, and these do come through. The reading style is just very direct and matter-of-fact, clean and clear with no distractions, but just as dry in tone as is the book. The 6 major units seem to get more interesting as the book advances, but that is perhaps because the more recent the history the more I am familiar with it already or that I can relate to it better.
Anyway, this book contains lots of fascinating information; in particular I think of the chapters on coffee and how coffee houses were so prevalent in the Arab world in the last millennium and also their importance in the flow of information and the debates on human rights and revolutionary movements in western Europe in the past several centuries.
Definitely worthwhile listening.
Really interesting overview of the history of 6 popular drinks and how they played into cultural history.
However, I was surprised at how harsh/hoarse the narrator's vocal tone was. His pronunciation and prosody was good, but my throat hurt just listening to him. I should say that I am a speech therapist, so it's possible I am more sensitive to this sort of thing.
Still work the listen!
i wouldn't know
i wouldn't compare a book to another book. that is not a fair or accurate way to describe something.
yes, the brief section on the origin of whiskey.
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.