This was a curious book about how our choice of drink through the ages has evolved and may have impacted our overall civilization development. It makes for great party conversations!
I love the story of different topics under an interesting umbrella. The history of the world wrapped around what people drank is fascinating.
There is a wonderful book about French food based on the fat used in that cuisine.
Really I can't identify what his tongue was doing. Sure sounded like dentures, but he looks young. Irritating listening to an interesting topic with whistles.
Not yet. All interesting.
Why is this book good? Because it caused me to memorize parts, share them with others, and reflect upon what I learned.
It's history in a bottle! Or, cask/cup/stein.
This book could have been almost twice as long and still a good read. The only part that got long to me was the greek/roman culture and wine portion--but the wine portion was my least favorite, anyways.
This book was so good, that it has caused me to read several other books written along similar lines.
The narrator was a bit slow and not quite as inflective as I like, but I got used to him quickly and was no problem.
Excellent book packed full of fascinating statistics and little nuggets of information. The one slight criticism is that I don't believe that Coca Cola really qualifies as a drink that has changed history. Rather, it owes its spread and success to the spread of US influence. Even so, the book is well worth the read.
Yes. I love trivia as well as history. This book delivers on the history of six different beverages. Tea, beer, coffee, coke etc. my favorite was where did beer originate. Coffee too. I think many will be surprised with some of the information in this book.
Listened to it on my way to North Carolina
My reading and listening tastes are eclectic.
With the interesting premise that what people are drinking has a major influence on world history, the author makes a good case that it is true. I learned a some stuff I didn't know, got a whole new (and radically different) insight into some of the world's history turning points, and realized that like the book about the history of salt and its influence on historic events state, history does not happen in a vacuum. It is an entertaining and informative listen that is well read by Mr. Runnette. I look forward to more texts by Mr. Standage.
Of my Nonfiction downloads, this is one of my favorites!
I learned a lot and enjoyed it at the same time....already listened to it twice and recommended it to friends.
I would try another book by Tom, but not narrated by Sean. Sean's delivery is very monotone and dry.
I love all of these beverages, so hearing the history of them and how they affected our world was a pleasure!
I am not as familiar with the variety of narrators, but the delivery was very monotone and dry. This topic should be sparked with enthusiasm, so any narrator with a bit more passion in his/her voice would have been better. Still worth the listen.
can't see this book as a movie at all
I have been talking to all my friends about this book every since I read it. Fascinating concept and one that really provides a great review of world history as well as some astounding trivia about the beverages you find yourself drinking regularly. Makes for great party conversation!
You should enjoy history books, but even if you don't, this is a very interesting book that is both compelling and informative.This story was well reviewed, but even then it was a well crafted "history" book that brings the context of various beverages into highly interesting context. I guess that it would be all too easy for the author to claim that all of the world is ruled by what they drink. But care is taken not to go over the top on that claim.
I think that the construction of the story is very much like a novel. Three alcoholic beverages followed by three caffeine containing beverages was interesting. The volume of alcohol routinely consumed by early man - probably a life saver from a public health perspective given early sanitary conditions - was staggering and revealing. Was the age of enlightenment and industrial revolution fueled by caffeine? Some of the historical speculation is just fascinating.
There are no real "characters" in this book. It is a book of facts well woven into an interesting theme.
Not really an applicable question for this book. It is a solid "story" from start to finish.