A History of World in Six Glasses: Tom Standage

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An interesting book on how six drinks – beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea and Coca Cola have contributed in shaping the world history.  It is an interesting premise and the narration  convincing.  The accident birth of beer and then wine in grape-growing areas – and its contribution  to Greek and Roman cultures, the discovery of science of distillation in Arab world and birth of hard liquor, Arab world’s response of coffee to intoxicating drinks not allowed in Islam and coffee houses serving as social settings of like minded people – businessmen, artists and scientists.  The politics of tea, its popularity in Britain and the opium wars (that could easily have been called tea wars) with China and identification of Coca Cola with American values.  The book is an easy read,  full of fun facts and anecdotes, and tells a captivating story.

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