This is the best book I have read/listen to in a long time. This is a entertaining and complete world history where each part is dedicated to the dominant drink of that era.I did not expect this book to be so detailed. A lot of research has gone into this book, and a lot of attention has been given to the storyline.The performance of the reading was also excellent.
The book has a nice description of the Boston Tea Party. You relay feel that you understand the conflict in a new light.
Delightful, informative, stimulating
He reads clearly and at a good speed, and has a pleasant voice. An excellent reader.
It made my brain feel more alive.
A must for anyone with an interest in how our most common drinks -- beer, wine, coffee, tea, cola -- came into our lives and their often surprising influence in shaping history. Recommended!
The history is interesting, but the premise does not hold up. It is probably worth it to listen to the book to learn about different things in history. However, the premise and even most of the stories are over sold. The author presents these drinks are made the center of civilization rather than an interesting part of periods.
This book was occasionally tedious, but overall I'm glad I listened. I learned lots of little tidbits (sips?) of history as related to each beverage. The author tied each drink into its historical period without lapsing into overstating its importance to world events. Surprisingly, I learned the most about the most recent one - Coca Coca - and in the epilogue he muses about drinks in the future.
I was really looking forward to this book but perhaps I am not the right audience. I have been listening to audio books for 20 years or more and I can't remember a book that put me to sleep as reliably as this one. I will not comment on the book as a whole because I am not sure I heard it all. The best thing I can say about A History of the World in 6 Glasses is I kept turning on the book. It could not have been all bad.
I have tried several times to listen to this, but the narration and the content are just too dull for words.
Beer history and coca cola as they are oldest and newest world drinks.
I really like history but I like the stories behind events and not the events themselves.
That said this book was exactly what I expected it to be. Well narrated and added a lot of insight for me about the drinks we take for granted today.
I loved learning about the birth of each drink, and not only the birth but the sometimes huge impacts on history each one has had. I was disapointed though that the author wouldn't follow up with a drink. For examle the story starts with beer and moves up through time from there stopping once wine takes over, but I wish he would go back and talk about beer in other times in history not just its birth.
This is the first book I've listened to by Runnette and I though his narration was dry but I have a feeling the narration followed the writing.
Yes. I like books like this, similar to Rats, Lice and History and on how weapons changed civilizations. I thought the premise was interesting, but I think I could have written it myself, that is to say it was a little shallow in my opinion.
I am an English teacher in China and can now read and write some Chinese.I have been to 13 countries on 4 continents.I am an avid audiophile
At first I found my attention flagging during this engrossing book. The few hours are about the development of beer and wine and some of the social customs associated with drinking. As the book progressed I found myself drawn into the history of distillation. The story of rum and how it intertwined with sugar and the markets it created. As the story progressed further it filled in the gaps of how these various drinks played pivotal roles in the world as we know it. A previous book I read, The Spice Trade, went into how the Europeans stole the spice trade from the Asians and Muslims. This explained how England got to be so powerful. They were the first industrial nation and they did the same thing. They colonized large parts of the world for things like tea. They initiated taxes on imports to raise revenue for the government and they installed transport systems wherever they went to increase the efficiency of moving goods from one place to another. Many people complained about the reader. I didn't think he was bad. Perhaps he seemed a bit serious, but globalization is no laughing matter. The book was written in simple, straightforward language and presented well. Like another listener said, it is perhaps a good overview. I find myself compelled to delve further into these vital commodities we imbibe in day after day.