I liked how the impact of each drink and it's impact on society was broken down but not overstated. Obviously there were many factors that contributed to the significant events of human history but Tom Standage shows how these beverages truly were a big part of the equation.
I'm being a little picky here but I thought it would have been nice if he took a little pause before reading the section titles within the book. It had to register in my mind that it wasn't the next line of the book but actually a topic/subtopic. It doesn't detract from the book but I just like to know by some kind of change of inflection or a brief pause that this is the beginning of a new section.
While it was a shorter book than I normally listen to, I did take a break after each beverage was discussed. I decided to actually have a class/cup of each of the beverages under discussion. I thought it was fun to drink along with the stories.
For anyone with an interest in History then this is a book you must read. I never realized the connections with these six beverages and how they ultimately changed civilization.
Apart from the history buffs I recommend the book to anyone who has the slightest interest and appreciation for beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea and coke cola! I guess this means everyone?
A fascinating review of several historical trends and how they were shaped by commodities we largely take for granted today. Highly recommended for food and beverage lovers.
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.