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A History of the World in Six Glasses
A History of the World in Six Glasses | Tom Standage
Whatever your favourite tipple, when you pour yourself a drink, you have the past in a glass. You can likely find them all in your own kitchen beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, cola. Line them up on the counter, and there you have it: thousands of years of human history in six drinks. Tom Standage opens a window onto the past in this tour of six beverages that remain essentials today. En route he makes fascinating forays into the byways of western culture: Why were ancient Egyptians buried with beer? Why was wine considered a classier drink than beer by the Romans? How did rum grog help the British navy defeat Napoleon? What is the relationship between coffee and revolution? And how did Coca-Cola become the number one poster-product for globalization decades before the term was even coined? From the Hardcover edition.
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Sharpeipup
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Doctor prescribed rest for my husband (along with medicine) which means reading in bed & I couldn‘t resist joining him.

Leftcoastzen Reading together is good medicine too! 1mo
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Sharpeipup
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Unknowingly, I have 4 drinks at the same time...Coffee, tea, water, and eggnog.

QuietlyLaura I always have 2 drinks at the same time: water and either tea or pop. 🥤☕️ 3mo
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Daria.Adrianna21
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A new take on history, but it still sucks that it's a mandatory read for my AP World History class. Let's hope I can finish it before school starts!
#apworldhistory #summerassignment #historyoftheworldin6glasses #tomstandage

rretzler I don‘t recall my son having mandatory reading for the class 2 years ago! Sounds like an interesting book though. Good luck with the class! Hope you get a 5! 6mo
Daria.Adrianna21 Thank you! You're too sweet! @rretzler 6mo
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Villo
Pickpick

Good reading. #2011

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BookaholicNatty
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A History of the World in 6 glasses is a non-fiction read. The only non-fiction I tend to read is memoirs and Christian living books but this book right here I actually enjoyed. I haven‘t finished the entire thing but I‘m a good of the way through. A lot of us readers love coffee, tea , and wine so I think you would really enjoy it! 🍷☕️☕️🍾🍺🍹🍸

WanderingBookaneer What did you mark with tabs? Are they color-coded? 2y
BeckyD I started this on my Kindle bit didn't get very far. I'll have to try it again soon. 2y
BookaholicNatty @WanderingBookaneer I had the chapter marked with certain colors and then certain quotes i used in a paper in all other colors. I forgot to take them out lol 2y
WanderingBookaneer It‘s very pleasing. 2y
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bookwormkara
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Day 10 of #RiotGrams ...how about a book and SIX beverages?😉🥤☕️🍵🥃🍷🍺

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Augustdana
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#riotgrams day ten: books and beverage. I am obsessed with pottery and picked up these two beauties earlier this year. Also the book is fun. Also I picked up the other two volumes of paper girls the other day! Yayy

BookaholicNatty Good stack!!!!!!❤️❤️ 2y
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BeccawithaBook
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I can read and eat lunch! I love audiobooks! ❤️

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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post 5! 6 drinks have had very influential roles in history. From the Stone Age to now, history's looked at through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, & cola. Beer and the Fertile Crescent. Wine and Greece's Golden Age. Spirits and the Age of Exploration. Coffee and the Age of Reason. Tea and British imperialism. Cola and commercial globalization. Each drink's a technology catalyzing epochs. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

BookaholicNatty ❤️this book!!! I‘m not a big nonfiction reader so this took me by surprise 2y
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CrowCAH
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#RaiseYourGlass https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XjVNlG5cZyQ #AugustGrrrl @Cinfhen

Raise a toast, or six glasses, and there you will see the bottom of your cup! 😂

Cinfhen Perfect toast ‼️👏🏻🥂 2y
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Panpan

I mean it does what it says it does..... but maybe some humor or evening would benefit..... A+ cover though super classy

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Ajbsimpson
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Pickpick

Love this book!

Sydsavvy I really liked it too but I didn't finish it for some reason. I think I needed to read not listen! 3y
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hike.read.repeat
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Pickpick

Such a fun and interesting read. I want to read it again and drink each drink with the corresponding chapters. 🍻My only complaint is that I listened to the audiobook and didn't like the narrator's voice. Would not recommend. #nonfiction #nonfic #microhistory #beer #wine #coffee #tea #history #anthropology #audiobook #audiobooks

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hike.read.repeat

I'm not even a coffee person but we so need to bring back the idea of "themed" coffee houses. This coffee house you discuss books, that coffee house you discuss politics, etc. People even used to have their mail sent to coffee houses and have office hours in them. ☕️ #coffee #nonfiction #nonfic #microhistory

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hike.read.repeat
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So I recently learned of the term #microhistory. It's my favorite kind of #nonfiction but I never knew there was a name for it. 😸

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LauraBeth
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When you're at the store and are reminded of a Litten 😂

Megabooks Yes!!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🥂 3y
Merethebookgal Mmmm, Cheerwine 😋 3y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk My favorite soda! A reason to love the South. 3y
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Melissa_J I have never heard of Cheerwine before. What's it like? 3y
LauraBeth @Melissa_J I don't even know! I had never heard of it before Litsy 🙀 3y
Megabooks @Melissa_J @LauraBeth It's a caffeinated cherry soda! If you like cherry coke or Dr. pepper, you might like Cheerwine. But I don't like either of those, and I love Cheerwine, so 🤷🏻‍♀️. It took me a couple of times to love it, but now I have one most days. 👍🏻 3y
Librarianaut Luv me some Cheerwine! 3y
quietjenn Cheerwine! I love it so. 3y
Hoopiefoot I ❤️ Cheerwine! Did you get some of it?? 3y
Johanna414 Is it a regional thing? I've never heard of it before - but I live in the middle of nowhere Western New York... so we miss out on a lot! 3y
LauraBeth @Hoopiefoot NO - and now I'm mad at myself based on @Booksandcooks description of it! 3y
LauraBeth @Johanna414 I think it's a NC thing but I'm not sure! Im in GA so maybe it's now a southern thing... 3y
LauraBeth @quietjenn and @Librarianaut well now I definitely need to try some! 3y
Hoopiefoot @LauraBeth Next time! It started in NC but can be found throughout the south now. I just had a Cheerwine float on the eastern shore of MD 😎 3y
hgrimes I love Cheerwine! ❤️ I currently live in a Cheerwine desert.... 😭 3y
Hobbinol My spouse was born & raised in NC and loved the stuff! Too me it always tasted like carbonated cough syrup (no offense to its fans). Did anyone try the Cheerwine-cream filled KrispyKremes last year?😬 3y
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bevybibliophile
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An appropriate pairing. Finally pulling this one off the #TBR pile.

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Caterina
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Alright Littens, I only get 1 more hoopla listen this month and I also lose all access to hoopla after this month, since it's through my college town library. My home library doesn't have any of these. What should my final listen be??

MrBook Oh, wow. They all sound good. Go with 6 Glasses? 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa As long as you have membership in your college town library, you'll probably still be able to use it until your membership expires at the end of their yr, even if you are graduating today. And it'd check with them, because to join a town's library that you don't reside in, it is usually a small fee. I live in the country, no local library, but I joined the library in the next big town over (1/2 away) and it only cost me $15/yr so well worth it. (edited) 3y
bookishkris I really love Boy Meets Boy. 3y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa Also if this is your college library double check with them, most offer free library cards (and online access to resources like this) to alumni. 3y
Caterina @Riveted_Reader_Melissa They specifically set it to expire when I graduate, so I'm out of luck there! I don't know whether I could keep the membership for a fee, but I could ask next time I'm there. I'm about to lose most of my time for reading though, so that would be another decision to make! 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Caterina Darn! Sorry about all of that. Congratulations on graduating though. 3y
Caterina @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Thank you! Technically, since my chronic illness has acted up a lot this year, I'll be finishing classes this summer while also working my summer job, and then getting a diploma in August, but I'll be sort of graduating with my class. 😅 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Caterina Well if you are still taking classes this summer, maybe you can at least get a summer extension. I'd ask. And sorry about that, I've been there myself, and sadly our bodies aren't always as cooperative as we'd like. The best I've found to do is know your limits and work around them as best you can, and don't push them until it completely stops listening to you...but it's a hard thing to learn, balance, and I still struggle with it. 3y
Caterina @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Between my summer job and classes, I'm not sure I'll have spare moments for reading, so it might be better to avoid the increased temptation! I'm a camp counselor, so it's going to be interesting enough trying to squeeze in my schoolwork. 😅 Thank you for your kind words. I learned this year that things like gum surgery and a sudden death can cause my chronic illness to spiral completely out of control. 😓 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Caterina Yes, increased stress and outside pressures are the worst, because they are almost impossible to anticipate or avoid. Good luck, I'm glad you're feeling better.....and sorry I couldn't help you pick just one book. 😉 3y
Caterina @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Thank you!! 😊 3y
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Pickpick

I finished! With an hour and a half to spare before book club! I found this to be quite interesting. Nothing I would have picked up to read on my own but lots of intriguing facts.

Cinfhen Way to go, go grab a drink 🥃 3y
Cortg @Cinfhen Ha! We are meeting at a tap house with 100 beers on tap. I can't wait! 3y
Cinfhen Perfect! Cheers to Friday! 3y
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Cortg
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Thank goodness for coffee! Ps, I'm really enjoying this book :)

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Cortg
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A little library love to start off the section for spirits!

tpixie Awesome info! I now need to look up ' CE' - I've head of BC & AD But not CE! 3y
Cortg @tpixie Schools also use BCE now instead of BC as do museums. Crazy! 3y
tpixie @Cortg Interesting!! I'm falling behind!! Something new to learn! 3y
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Cortg
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I'm on the wine section

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Cortg
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Taking a break from the Wonder books to attack my book club book for next Friday. Beer, Wine, Spirits, Tea, Coffee, and Cola.

britt_brooke Cute snoozing pup! 💚 3y
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LauraBeth
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Here's to the week, Littens. Cheers wherever you are and whatever life has thrown at you. It'll be okay 😀🍻

saresmoore 🙌😘♥️ Happy Easter! 3y
LauraBeth @saresmoore Happy Easter! I need to go make my coconut cake ❤️😘 I also have not shopped for Easter basket goodies... 3y
KarenUK Cheers! 💕💕💕💕 (edited) 3y
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saresmoore @LauraBeth Coconut cake!!! I was trying to think of a good treat to bake. Thank you! (Easter basket goodies will be much cheaper on Monday. 😬) 3y
Mimi28 Happy Easter!! We don't cook much. Just got back from the laundromat I don't feel like going back out for goodies today. I hope Family Dollar is open on Easter!! lol 3y
LaraReads Cheers! 3y
Gina Oh man that looks refreshing 3y
Cortg This book is our May book club book. I haven't started yet, I'm so curious. 3y
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LauraBeth
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Evening pick-me-up: book, coffee, cat snuggles, (and Bitsy lounging at my feet) 😀

Lmstraubie Sounds like a perfect evening 💗 3y
saresmoore Enjoy! ❤️ 3y
christineandbooks Waaahh! My Keurig is broken and I miss it so much! Waiting for the replacement part to be shipped... #firstworldproblems Your evening sounds wonderful.☕📚👌 3y
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Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻📚 3y
CrinolineDream Perfect way to spend the evening! 👍🏼 3y
Laura317 Yay for coffee! 3y
Prairiegirl_reading How I miss coffee in the evening!! ☕️ 3y
drbethandherkindle That sounds amazing, but how do you sleep?? 3y
LauraBeth @christineandbooks oh no! 🙀 I hope you get that part soon! 3y
LauraBeth @Prairiegirl_reading I probably shouldn't be drinking it in the evening - I should probably switch to tea 😊 3y
LauraBeth @drbethandherkindle I'm a weirdo and can drink a pot of coffee and then put my head on a pillow and fall sound asleep 😴😴 3y
Prairiegirl_reading I used to able to have a cup of coffee and put it down beside the bed and fall asleep but not anymore! If it's after 4 pm I'm done for. 🙁 3y
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Fancypants
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#bookriot challenge day 16 is bookmarks and today my bookmark is my glasses 👓 #riotgrams

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Dogearedcopy
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Pickpick

Easily digestible micro-history about 6 beverages that reflected their respective times, and in turn influenced history. There is also an Epilogue about water that brings the whole work full circle. No number dumps, charts, or power language utilized; but well researched and really interesting! A solid 4-Star rating :-)

BookBabe Cool book! And I ❤ glass bottle sodas! 3y
Melwilk The design for the Iconic Coke bottle originated in my hometown, Terre Haute, Indiana. http://www.coca-colacompany.com/stories/the-story-of-the-coca-cola-bottle. 3y
Dogearedcopy @Melwilk The book carries two chapters on Coca-Cola; and briefly talks about the distributorship; but not about the shape of the bottle! Very cool! 😎 3y
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Dogearedcopy
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Half-Way Status Update: Light and engaging: This expository NF book covers world history in the broadest sense within the context of 6 beverages. At the 1/2 mark, I've read through beer in Mesopotamia, wine in Ancient Greece & Rome, and rum in the New World... To come are chapters on coffee, tea, and soda. Just noticed that the cover artist used the pictographs for the French word for tea (thé) on the cover! ?

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Pulled this off my TBR stax where it's been since 2012 (PB pubbed in '06!) It's more accessible than I thought it would be (cf 'Proof: The Science of Booze' by Adam Rogers) and, for the casual reader of expository NF, interesting enough! And yes, if I open a brewpub, I'm gonna name it "Bread & Beer!" Also, yes, I'm using one of my 80 gazillion pub coasters as a book mark! ???

ValerieAndBooks We have so many brewpub coasters too! They do work well as bookmarks in a pinch 😉. 3y
BethFishReads Really good, isn't it? 3y
Dogearedcopy @BethFishReads So far, so good! 3y
Little_Reader I've been collecting brewpub coasters on our vacation this week. Deschutes will be added in a few days! 3y
Dogearedcopy @Little_Reader They have both a brewery that you can tour and a brewpub where you can eat & drink! Even in the off-season, the brewpub can have a really long wait to get in, so you may want to go early. It's def worth it! Whatever you do, stay away from McMenamins Old St. Francis School! I gave it three tries, but.. just bad, thin beer 🍺🍻 (edited) 3y
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k.reads
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I thought this would be a fun book, and it was. Yay book!

But seriously, it's more than just a history of beverages. It's a history of world trade, economics, colonialism, and western culture. Lots of fun facts and a great refresher on world history (if a bit Euro/America-centric). Highly recommended!

MrBook 😁👏🏻 Added! 3y
ReadingEnvy My book club allays reads one lighter book around the holidays and this was our pick a few years back. Which we discussed in a coffee shop/bar to take full advantage of the drinks we would talk about! 3y
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k.reads
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Fun fact: The Twinings logo is thought to be the oldest continually used logo. Also, the Twinings tea house in London was one of the first to cater specifically to women.

LauraJ Chai is the best! 3y
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Beholderess
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Food history is one of my favorite topics, so this book was interesting to me. Especially the chapters on beer and cola (first and last respectively). There is some repetition between this and the other Tom Standage books, though.
#nonfiction #nonfictionbook #microhistory #nonfictionlove #food #foodhistory #justread

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k.reads
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So far this book has covered beer, wine, spirits, coffee, and now... it's tea time. ☕️

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k.reads
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Fun fact: the ancient Greeks played beer pong with their wine dregs 🍷🏓

http://www.livescience.com/49441-greek-drinking-game-kottabos-recreated.html

geodynamical Lolwut 3y
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SpecsyBeast
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#NonfictionNovember pick. I'm a big history buff and I like this interesting perspective of looking at the world. Worth the read.

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k.reads
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I'm in need of some levity this week and this audiobook sounds fun! 🍻👍🏼

jpmcwisemorgan Yup, it does. 3y
ReadingEnvy My book club discussed this book at a bar, our "light" read for the year. 3y
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jdtchicago

Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever. —Aristophanes, Greek comic poet (c. 450-385 BCE)

jdtchicago Had 2 beakers of wine and still haven't come up with anything clever to say 3y
Suet624 🍾🍾 3y
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jdtchicago

Greek customs such as wine drinking were regarded as worthy of imitation by other cultures. So the ships that carried Greek wine were carrying Greek civilization, distributing it around the Mediterranean and beyond, one amphora at a time. Wine displaced beer to become the most civilized and sophisticated of drinks—a status it has maintained ever since, thanks to its association with the intellectual achievements of Ancient Greece.

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Mehso-so

Where it was good, it was VERY good. Where it wasn't, it could be boring. Oddly (for me, 'cos I don't touch the stuff) the chapter on coffee was the most interesting part.
If you're interested, pick it up - you'll get through it, & may like it much more than I do. If you're not, pass on this one.

Sydsavvy I've started this and listened to two of the six. Need to get back on it! 4y
Sweettartlaura @Sydsavvy Let me know how it turns out for you. I wanted to like it more than I did. Not sure why... It wasn't bad or hard to get through. I just didn't connect with about half of it. Curious for another opinion. 4y
Sydsavvy Lol! Maybe it's just hard to bare that much about drinks-other than when you want one? 🍻🍸🍾☕️🍷 4y
Sweettartlaura Maybe, @Sydsavvy maybe 😏 4y
Sydsavvy *read- I truly don't know why autocorrect put *bare* in there. Lol! 4y
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Indeed.

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Sweettartlaura
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Men were born equal ... were intrinsically good and were entitled to the pursuit of happiness. No man should interfere with another's life, health, liberty, or possessions.

John Locke, I think we should spend some time together again soon.

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So it was that London's coffeehouses were the crucibles of the scientific and financial revolutions that shaped the modern world.

I feel so-so about this book but the section on coffee is intriguing! Lloyd's of London, the Stock Exchange, the Principia & Wealth of Nations - all sprang from cafes!

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"This suggests that state rations were not just occasional handouts, but were the primary source of food for many people."

Hmmm...

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MelodySchreiber
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This book club pick is making me very thirsty!

BethFishReads Loved this. Enjoy! 4y
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