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.
I will definitely be listening to A History of the World in 6 Glasses again and potentially buying the Kindle or paperback version to accompany it. I loved the facts and history so much I want to go annotate the book!
While not exactly a scene since this book is non-fiction, I most enjoyed the first portion discussing the invention/discovery of beer and its influence on agriculture and the first thriving civilizations. My second favorite portion was about rum and its influence on the early United States.
I loved the overview and seeing how these six major beverages have tied human history together, but now I definitely want a full novel covering each. Tom Standage does excellent research and makes excellent choices about the chronology of his story.
It is in a category of its own.
It is similar to Big History but a little more focused.
I am not sure if I have listened to any of his other performances before.
It is a fun way to look at history. It is not your typical droning history book.
Of presenting world history like this but I couldn't really get into it for some reason and I feel like it was the dry manner in which the narrator presents the book. Altogether an interesting listen that falls a little flat but worth the time and money.
The author found a way to weave a great story out of historical facts. As a lover of both alcohol and caffeinated drinks I was fascinated by their origin and importance in the development of our cultures. Great read!