Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Reads: History of the World in Six Glasses



Genre: Nonfiction

By: Tom Standage

What's it about?  How six beverages, still popular today, influenced and shaped world history and culture
 
Why did I pick it? It was a gift.  And honestly--I typically skip "pop history" like this because it's forced into the kinds of generalizations that can make a historian twitch.  However, had I picked it up on my own, I would have found the delivery enjoyable and thought-provoking anyway.

Who will like it?  Hardcore historians may find the treatment too surfacey, but those with an interest in broader historical topics, the history of their favorite beverage (like where, exactly, did beer come from?  Did you know it used to be drunk from straws?), and the interplay of what we eat and drink with social customs will be drawn to the book. 

Judging a book by its cover: Can you for this book?  The multiple covers of this book all show what the book tells about--six glasses of well-loved beverages.

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