Another Sunday Another Book

This week I decided to talk about a book I read last year. ‘A History of the World in 6 Glasses’ by Tom Standage, written in 2005. Although, not a book about bottle collecting, this book covers the origins of Beer, Wine, Spirits, Coffee, Tea and Coca-Cola. Tom discusses how these beverages have had an influence on history. He points out that archaeologists have divided history into different periods based on the use of various materials, stone age, bronze age, iron age, etc. and that you can also divide world history into periods by the different drinks. He discusses the influence these drinks had on society of the time period when these drinks were discovered. The chapters are: 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 and Coca-Cola and the Rise of America. A great read, I couldn’t put it down. I am fascinated with history and this is one of my favorite books. It takes a different view of history, instead of focusing on war, leaders or a nation it shows how something we take for granted has helped form history also. So-sit down with your favorite drink from the list above and enjoy this book.

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