From the book jacket: Throughout human history certain drinks have done
much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority
and charm, six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the
course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical
Comment: Standage presents history through the lens of 6 drinks from the dawn of civilization. Farming allowed our ancestors to build surpluses of food, including grains - and it wasn't long before they were fermenting those grains into beer. The Greeks made wine, which thus became important to the Romans and no doubt influenced the areas that Rome felt were worth colonizing. The Arabs mastered the art of distilling alcohol (very useful for those long voyages during the Age of ...
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