A History Of The World Of Six Glasses By Tom Standage Essay

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A History of the World in Six Glasses is a New York Times bestselling book written by Tom Standage, who is the digital editor at The Economist. It was published in 2006 by Walker Publishing Company Inc. This book presents a different view on history, a view seen through the impact six drinks had on different civilizations. It 's a book that forces the reader to think differently than just the ideas that have been taught in different types of history classes. Drinks have been used throughout history as currencies, in religion, as political symbols and as many other important contributors to civilizations. They have effectively altered the world in the past and continue to affect the world in the present.

Water is essential to survival for all living things. It has always been the drink of choice but within the past ten thousand years beverages other than water have emerged, beverages that must be made because they are not found naturally. The beverages in the book consist of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea and cola. These beverages have emerged and drastically affected the history of the world we know. While none of these beverages have been mentioned in any history class they are known worldwide for their taste and effects rather than their past influences.

The beverages created a history that is generally known but the influence the beverage gave is not. Beer was used not only to nourish the inhabitants of civilizations in Mesopotamia and Egypt, but was used as the…

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