A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage (2005)
Review by Catherine- Grade 11
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Rating: 10 out of 10
As other history books become redundant with the same storylines throughout time, readers start to fall into a hole where the same information is being presented to them over and over again. However, Tom Standage’s novel, A History of the World in 6 Glasses takes a unique twist on history
throughout different periods. Throughout the book, Standage takes a look at six drinks and their significance towards their respective times. From the latest to earliest, the text focuses on beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and Coca-Cola. In each section, the author explains the origins or perceived origins of each drink and how they translate to the world today.
I enjoyed this book because it took a perspective that I never thought of before and applied it to history. With this format, it was even more interesting to see how events developed in the past and how something as trivial as a drink could impact the way of life for so many. Within each section, I found it very fascinating to read about where a drink came from and its role in society, and then reading later how its influence spread throughout the world.
I would recommend this book to any history buffs who are looking for a book that takes into account the world as a whole. Also, I think this book would be beneficial for history teachers, especially world history teachers because it gives a unique look at how the world developed and how different events affected how humans have socially, economically, and politically changed.