• Sweetness and Power

  • The Place of Sugar in Modern History
  • By: Sidney W. Mintz
  • Narrated by: Tom Perkins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)

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Sweetness and Power

By: Sidney W. Mintz
Narrated by: Tom Perkins
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In this eye-opening study, Sidney W. Mintz shows how Europeans and Americans transformed sugar from a rare foreign luxury to a commonplace necessity of modern life and how it changed the history of capitalism and industry. He discusses the production and consumption of sugar and reveals how closely interwoven sugar's origins are as a "slave" crop grown in Europe's tropical colonies, with its use first as an extravagant luxury for the aristocracy, then as a staple of the diet of the new industrial proletariat. Finally, he considers how sugar has altered work patterns, eating habits, and our diet in modern times.

©1985 Sidney W. Mintz (P)2017 Tantor
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  • Categories: History

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"Shows how the intelligent analysis of the history of a single commodity can be used to pry open the history of an entire world of social relationships and human behavior." ( The New York Review of Books)

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Sugar is the hook in your nose

If you thought that you operated independently of any influence upon you, think again. How could a cheap and cheerful crystalline substance convince you to take bitter medicines or allow your teeth to be damaged without shame on your part? Wish we had an update from Mr. Mintz for the 2020s+. Really - one of my all time favorite books. Reading the print edition will fill you in a bit more with pictures that are not available by audio. I really learned so much from Mr. Mintz, and am grateful.

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