A History of the World in 6 Glasses Book
Score: 3.5
From 74 Ratings

A History of the World in 6 Glasses


  • Author : Tom Standage
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release Date : 2009-05-26
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9780802718594

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A History of the World in 6 Glasses Excerpt :

The New York Times Bestseller “There aren't many books this entertaining that also provide a cogent crash course in ancient, classical and modern history.” -Los Angeles Times Beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and Coca-Cola: In Tom Standage's deft, innovative account of world history, these six beverages turn out to be much more than just ways to quench thirst. They also represent six eras that span the course of civilization-from the adoption of agriculture, to the birth of cities, to the advent of globalization. A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the twenty-first century through each epoch's signature refreshment. As Standage persuasively argues, each drink is in fact a kind of technology, advancing culture and catalyzing the intricate interplay of different societies. After reading this enlightening book, you may never look at your favorite drink in quite the same way again.

A History of the World in Six Glasses Book
Score: 3.5
From 58 Ratings

A History of the World in Six Glasses


  • Author : Tom Standage
  • Publisher : Atlantic Books (UK)
  • Release Date : 2007
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 311
  • ISBN 10 : 1843545950

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A History of the World in Six Glasses Excerpt :

Throughout human history, certain drinks have done much more than simply quench our thirst. As Tom Standage relates with easy authority and charm, six of them – beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea and cola – have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history during pivotal epochs. From humankind's adoption of agriculture and the birth of cities to the advent of globalization, Standage reveals the intricate interplay of different civilizations by appreciating each drink as a kind of technology, a catalyst for advancing culture. After reading his clever and enlightened book, you may never look at your favourite drink in quite the same way again.

A History of the World in 6 Glasses Book
Score: 4
From 6 Ratings

A History of the World in 6 Glasses


  • Author : Tom Standage
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release Date : 2006-05-16
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 337
  • ISBN 10 : 9780802715524

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A History of the World in 6 Glasses Excerpt :

An offbeat history of the world traces the story of humankind from the Stone Age to the twenty-first century from the perspective of six different drinks--beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola--describing their pervasive influence during pivotal eras of world history, from humankind's adoption of agriculture to the advent of globalization. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.

An Edible History of Humanity Book
Score: 3.5
From 23 Ratings

An Edible History of Humanity


  • Author : Tom Standage
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release Date : 2009-07-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780802719829

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An Edible History of Humanity Excerpt :

The bestselling author of A History of the World in 6 Glasses charts an enlightening history of humanity through the foods we eat. Throughout history, food has done more than simply provide sustenance. It has acted as a tool of social transformation, political organization, geopolitical competition, industrial development, military conflict and economic expansion. An Edible History of Humanity is an account of how food has helped to shape and transform societies around the world, from the emergence of farming in China by 7,500 BCE to today's use of sugar cane and corn to make ethanol. Food has been a kind of technology, a tool that has changed the course of human progress. It helped to found, structure, and connect together civilizations worldwide, and to build empires and bring about a surge in economic development through industrialization. Food has been employed as a military and ideological weapon. And today, in the culmination of a process that has been going on for thousands of years, the foods we choose in the supermarket connect us to global debates about trade, development and the adoption of new technologies. Drawing from many fields including genetics, archaeology, anthropology, ethno-botany and economics, the story of these food-driven transformations is a fully satisfying account of the whole of human history.

Writing on the Wall Book
Score: 4.5
From 3 Ratings

Writing on the Wall


  • Author : Tom Standage
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Release Date : 2013-10-10
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781408842072

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Writing on the Wall Excerpt :

Today we are endlessly connected: constantly tweeting, texting or e-mailing. This may seem unprecedented, yet it is not. Throughout history, information has been spread through social networks, with far-reaching social and political effects. Writing on the Wall reveals how an elaborate network of letter exchanges forewarned of power shifts in Cicero's Rome, while the torrent of tracts circulating in sixteenth-century Germany triggered the Reformation. Standage traces the story of the rise, fall and rebirth of social media over the past 2,000 years offering an illuminating perspective on the history of media, and revealing that social networks do not merely connect us today – they also link us to the past.

Drink Book
Score: 4
From 4 Ratings

Drink


  • Author : Iain Gately
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2008-07-03
  • Genre: Cooking
  • Pages : 560
  • ISBN 10 : 9781440631269

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Drink Excerpt :

A spirited look at the history of alcohol, from the dawn of civilization to the modern day Alcohol is a fundamental part of Western culture. We have been drinking as long as we have been human, and for better or worse, alcohol has shaped our civilization. Drink investigates the history of this Jekyll and Hyde of fluids, tracing mankind's love/hate relationship with alcohol from ancient Egypt to the present day. Drink further documents the contribution of alcohol to the birth and growth of the United States, taking in the War of Independence, the Pennsylvania Whiskey revolt, the slave trade, and the failed experiment of national Prohibition. Finally, it provides a history of the world's most famous drinks-and the world's most famous drinkers. Packed with trivia and colorful characters, Drink amounts to an intoxicating history of the world.

The Alcoholic Republic Book
Score: 3
From 3 Ratings

The Alcoholic Republic


  • Author : W.J. Rorabaugh
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 1981-09-17
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780199766314

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The Alcoholic Republic Excerpt :

Rorabaugh has written a well thought out and intriguing social history of Americas great alcoholic binge that occurred between 1790 and 1830, what he terms a key formative period in our history....A pioneering work that illuminates a part of our heritage that can no longer be neglected in future studies of Americas social fabric. A bold and frequently illuminating attempt to investigate the relationship of a single social custom to the central features of our historical experience....A book which always asks interesting questions and provides many provocative answers.

Uncommon Grounds Book

Uncommon Grounds


  • Author : Mark Pendergrast
  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Release Date : 2019-07-09
  • Genre: Cooking
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN 10 : 9781541646421

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Uncommon Grounds Excerpt :

The definitive history of the world's most popular drug Uncommon Grounds tells the story of coffee from its discovery on a hill in ancient Abyssinia to the advent of Starbucks. Mark Pendergrast reviews the dramatic changes in coffee culture over the past decade, from the disastrous "Coffee Crisis" that caused global prices to plummet to the rise of the Fair Trade movement and the "third-wave" of quality-obsessed coffee connoisseurs. As the scope of coffee culture continues to expand, Uncommon Grounds remains more than ever a brilliantly entertaining guide to the currents of one of the world's favorite beverages.

Day of Empire Book
Score: 4.5
From 6 Ratings

Day of Empire


  • Author : Amy Chua
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 2009-01-06
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307472458

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Day of Empire Excerpt :

In this sweeping history, bestselling author Amy Chua explains how globally dominant empires—or hyperpowers—rise and why they fall. In a series of brilliant chapter-length studies, she examines the most powerful cultures in history—from the ancient empires of Persia and China to the recent global empires of England and the United States—and reveals the reasons behind their success, as well as the roots of their ultimate demise. Chua's analysis uncovers a fascinating historical pattern: while policies of tolerance and assimilation toward conquered peoples are essential for an empire to succeed, the multicultural society that results introduces new tensions and instabilities, threatening to pull the empire apart from within. What this means for the United States' uncertain future is the subject of Chua's provocative and surprising conclusion.

The Victorian Internet Book
Score: 4
From 15 Ratings

The Victorian Internet


  • Author : Tom Standage
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release Date : 2018-08-14
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781635573961

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The Victorian Internet Excerpt :

A new edition of the first book by the bestselling author of A History of the World in 6 Glasses-the fascinating story of the telegraph, the world's first "Internet," which revolutionized the nineteenth century even more than the Internet has the twentieth and twenty first. The Victorian Internet tells the colorful story of the telegraph's creation and remarkable impact, and of the visionaries, oddballs, and eccentrics who pioneered it, from the eighteenth-century French scientist Jean-Antoine Nollet to Samuel F. B. Morse and Thomas Edison. The electric telegraph nullified distance and shrank the world quicker and further than ever before or since, and its story mirrors and predicts that of the Internet in numerous ways.

A History of the World in Sixteen Shipwrecks Book
Score: 4
From 7 Ratings

A History of the World in Sixteen Shipwrecks


  • Author : Stewart Gordon
  • Publisher : ForeEdge from University Press of New England
  • Release Date : 2015-05-05
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 283
  • ISBN 10 : 9781611685404

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A History of the World in Sixteen Shipwrecks Excerpt :

Roman triremes of the Mediterranean. The treasure fleet of the Spanish Main. Great ocean liners of the Atlantic. Stories of disasters at sea fire the imagination as little else can, whether the subject is a historical wreck - the Titanic or the Bismark - or the recent capsizing of a Mediterranean cruise ship. Shipwrecks also make for a new and very different understanding of world history. A History of the World in Sixteen Shipwrecks explores the ages-long, immensely hazardous, persistently romantic, and still-ongoing process of moving people and goods across far-flung maritime worlds. Telling the stories of ships and the people who made and sailed them, from the earliest ancient-Nile craft to the Exxon Valdez, A History of the World in Sixteen Shipwrecks argues that the gradual integration of localized and separate maritime regions into fewer, larger, and more interdependent regions offers a unique window on world history. Stewart Gordon draws a number of provocative conclusions from his study, among them that the European "Age of Exploration" as a singular event is simply a myth - many cultures, east and west, explored far-flung maritime worlds over the millennia - and that technologies of shipbuilding and navigation have been among the main drivers of science and technology throughout history. Finally, A History of the World in Sixteen Shipwrecks shows in a series of compelling narratives that the development of institutions and technologies that made terrifying oceans familiar, and turned unknown seas into sea-lanes, profoundly matters in our modern world.

The Human Story Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

The Human Story


  • Author : James C. Davis
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2009-10-13
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN 10 : 9780061745683

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The Human Story Excerpt :

Has there ever been a history of the world as readable as this? In The Human Story, James C. Davis takes us on a journey to ancient times, telling how peoples of the world settled down and founded cities, conquered neighbors, and established religions, and continues over the course of history, when they fought two nearly global wars and journeyed into space. Davis's account is swift and clear, never dull or dry. He lightens it with pungent anecdotes and witty quotes. Although this compact volume may not be hard to pick up, it's definitely hard to put down. For example, on the death of Alexander the Great, who in a decade had never lost a single battle, and who had staked out an empire that spanned the entire Near East and Egypt, Davis writes: "When they heard how ill he was, the king's devoted troops insisted on seeing him. He couldn't speak, but as his soldiers -- every one -- filed by in silence, Alexander's eyes uttered his farewells. He died in June 323 B.C., at the ripe old age of thirty-two." In similar fashion Davis recounts Russia's triumph in the space race as it happened on an autumn night in 1957: "A bugle sounded, flames erupted, and with a roar like rolling thunder, Russia's rocket lifted off. It bore aloft the earth's first artificial satellite, a shiny sphere the size of a basketball. Its name was Sputnik, meaning 'companion' or 'fellow traveler' (through space). The watchers shouted, 'Off. She's off. Our baby's off!' Some danced; others kissed and waved their arms." Though we live in an age of many doubts, James C. Davis thinks we humans are advancing. As The Human Story ends, he concludes, "The world's still cruel; that's understood, / But once was worse. So far so good."

Salt Book
Score: 3.5
From 81 Ratings

Salt


  • Author : Mark Kurlansky
  • Publisher : Vintage Canada
  • Release Date : 2011-03-18
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 496
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307369796

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Salt Excerpt :

From the award-winning and bestselling author of Cod comes the dramatic, human story of a simple substance, an element almost as vital as water, that has created fortunes, provoked revolutions, directed economies and enlivened our recipes. Salt is common, easy to obtain and inexpensive. It is the stuff of kitchens and cooking. Yet trade routes were established, alliances built and empires secured – all for something that filled the oceans, bubbled up from springs, formed crusts in lake beds, and thickly veined a large part of the Earth’s rock fairly close to the surface. From pre-history until just a century ago – when the mysteries of salt were revealed by modern chemistry and geology – no one knew that salt was virtually everywhere. Accordingly, it was one of the most sought-after commodities in human history. Even today, salt is a major industry. Canada, Kurlansky tells us, is the world’s sixth largest salt producer, with salt works in Ontario playing a major role in satisfying the Americans’ insatiable demand. As he did in his highly acclaimed Cod, Mark Kurlansky once again illuminates the big picture by focusing on one seemingly modest detail. In the process, the world is revealed as never before.

Cod Book
Score: 4
From 40 Ratings

Cod


  • Author : Mark Kurlansky
  • Publisher : Vintage Canada
  • Release Date : 2011-03-04
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307369802

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Cod Excerpt :

Wars have been fought over it, revolutions have been spurred by it, national diets have been based on it, economies have depended on it, and the settlement of North America was driven by it. Cod, it turns out, is the reason Europeans set sail across the Atlantic, and it is the only reason they could. What did the Vikings eat in icy Greenland and on the five expeditions to America recorded in the Icelandic sagas? Cod -- frozen and dried in the frosty air, then broken into pieces and eaten like hardtack. What was the staple of the medieval diet? Cod again, sold salted by the Basques, an enigmatic people with a mysterious, unlimited supply of cod. Cod is a charming tour of history with all its economic forces laid bare and a fish story embellished with great gastronomic detail. It is also a tragic tale of environmental failure, of depleted fishing stocks where once the cod's numbers were legendary. In this deceptively whimsical biography of a fish, Mark Kurlansky brings a thousand years of human civilization into captivating focus.

Thinking History Globally Book

Thinking History Globally


  • Author : Diego Olstein
  • Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan
  • Release Date : 2014-11-04
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 248
  • ISBN 10 : 0230361021

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Thinking History Globally Excerpt :

Thinking History Globally means thinking about the past and the present beyond national borders, language barriers, and enclosed regions. There are four thinking strategies to gain global perspectives: comparing, connecting, conceptualizing, and contextualizing. Comparing is about contrasting between several cases and drawing new conclusions. Connecting is tracking the interdependences between cases and assessing their importance. Conceptualizing is recognizing that developments in one or several cases belong within a larger recurring pattern. Contextualizing is making sense of one case amidst developments world-wide. This book offers a practical guide into these strategies of thinking by applying them to multiple historical cases, ranging from the first civilizations and up to the First World War. While doing that, Olstein also presents the twelve branches of history that outstand in the application of these four strategies and in thinking history globally: comparative, relational, international, transnational, oceanic, global, world, and big histories, historical sociology, civilizational analysis, world-system approach, and history of globalization.