mini book review – “A History of the World in 6 Glasses”

This enlightening book by Tom Standage is about how six beverages shaped the human history. Here are the section titles to give you a brief idea – “Beer in Mesopotamia and Egypt’; ‘Wine in Greece and Rome’; ‘Spirits in the Colonial Period’; ‘Coffee in the Age of Reason’; ‘Tea and the British Empire’; ‘Coca-Cola and the Rise of America’. As the author puts it, ‘Understanding the ramifications of who drank what, and why, and where they got it from, requires the traversal of many disparate and otherwise unrelated fields: the histories of agriculture, philosophy, religion, medicine, technology, and commerce.’ Such a unique and interesting angle to look at the world history via three alcoholic and three caffeinated drinks! I really enjoyed the learning experience.

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