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A History of the World in 6 Glasses

Tom Standage

5 mins

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A History of the World in 6 Glasses will give you some great conversation starters at your next party by teaching you the origins and impact of the world's six favorite drinks, including beer, wine, alcoholic spirits, tea, coffee, and soda.


A History of the World in 6 Glasses

A History of the World in 6 Glasses

by Tom Standage


What's your drink of choice? Do you consider yourself a coffee aficionado who can't get up without your morning cup of joe? Or maybe you just can't wait to get home from work, prop your feet up in front of the TV, and crack open a can of beer.

While you're grateful for the mental and sometimes emotional break these drinks give you, their origins might surprise you. And you might not know it, but that little cup of coffee or bottle of beer you hold has had a significant impact on history also.

That's what Tom Standage's A History of the World in 6 Glasses is here to teach you all about. You'll find out the steps to discovery and development for each of these six drinks, as well as how they were drunk. Standage will also teach you the amazing changes these glasses brought in the course of human history.

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Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever.

- Aristophanes

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