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A History of the World in Six Glasses

By Tom Standage
  • ISBN Code: : 0307375110
  • Publisher : Anchor Canada
  • Pages : 320
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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?

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  • Pdf File: the-victorian-internet.pdf

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A new edition of the first book by the bestselling author of A History of the World in 6 Glasses-the fascinating story of the telegraph, the world's first "Internet," which revolutionized the nineteenth century even more than the Internet has the twentieth and twenty first. The Victorian Internet tells the colorful story of the telegraph's creation and remarkable impact, and of the visionaries, oddballs, and eccentrics who pioneered it, from the eighteenth-century French scientist Jean-Antoine Nollet to Samuel F. B. Morse and Thomas Edison. The electric telegraph nullified distance and shrank the world quicker and further than ever before or since, and its story mirrors and predicts that of the Internet in numerous ways.

Thunderstruck

By Erik Larson
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Crown
  • Book Code : 0307351920
  • Total of Pages : 480
  • Category : History
  • Members : 584
  • Pdf File: thunderstruck.pdf

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A true story of love, murder, and the end of the world’s “great hush.” In Thunderstruck, Erik Larson tells the interwoven stories of two men—Hawley Crippen, a very unlikely murderer, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive creator of a seemingly supernatural means of communication—whose lives intersect during one of the greatest criminal chases of all time. Set in Edwardian London and on the stormy coasts of Cornwall, Cape Cod, and Nova Scotia, Thunderstruck evokes the dynamism of those years when great shipping companies competed to build the biggest, fastest ocean liners; scientific advances dazzled the public with visions of a world transformed; and the rich outdid one another with ostentatious displays of wealth. Against this background, Marconi races against incredible odds and relentless skepticism to perfect his invention: the wireless, a prime catalyst for the emergence of the world we know today. Meanwhile, Crippen, “the kindest of men,” nearly commits the perfect murder. With his unparalleled narrative skills, Erik Larson guides us through a relentlessly suspenseful chase over the waters of the North Atlantic. Along the way, he tells of a sad and tragic love affair that was described on the front pages of newspapers around the world, a chief inspector who found himself strangely sympathetic to the killer and his lover, and a driven and compelling inventor who transformed the way we communicate.

Coffeeland

By Augustine Sedgewick
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 0698167937
  • Total of Pages : 448
  • Category : History
  • Members : 408
  • Pdf File: coffeeland.pdf

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A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice “Extremely wide-ranging and well researched . . . In a tradition of protest literature rooted more in William Blake than in Marx.” —Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker The epic story of how coffee connected and divided the modern world Coffee is an indispensable part of daily life for billions of people around the world. But few coffee drinkers know this story. It centers on the volcanic highlands of El Salvador, where James Hill, born in the slums of Manchester, England, founded one of the world’s great coffee dynasties at the turn of the twentieth century. Adapting the innovations of the Industrial Revolution to plantation agriculture, Hill helped turn El Salvador into perhaps the most intensive monoculture in modern history—a place of extraordinary productivity, inequality, and violence. In the process, both El Salvador and the United States earned the nickname “Coffeeland,” but for starkly different reasons, and with consequences that reach into the present. Provoking a reconsideration of what it means to be connected to faraway people and places, Coffeeland tells the hidden and surprising story of one of the most valuable commodities in the history of global capitalism.

If Walls Could Talk

By Lucy Worsley
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Faber & Faber
  • Book Code : 0571259537
  • Total of Pages : 368
  • Category : Design
  • Members : 321
  • Pdf File: if-walls-could-talk.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Why did the flushing toilet take two centuries to catch on? Why did Samuel Pepys never give his mistresses an orgasm? Why did medieval people sleep sitting up? When were the two 'dirty centuries'? Why did gas lighting cause Victorian ladies to faint? Why, for centuries, did people fear fruit? All these questions - and more - are answered in this juicy, truly intimate history of the home. Through the bedroom, bathroom, living room and kitchen, Lucy Worsley explores what people actually did in bed, in the bath, at the table, and at the stove. From sauce-stirring to breast-feeding, teeth-cleaning to masturbation, getting dressed to getting married, this book will make you see your home with new eyes.

A Field Guide to Canadian Cocktails

By Victoria Walsh,Scott McCallum
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Appetite by Random House
  • Book Code : 0449016641
  • Total of Pages : 224
  • Category : Cooking
  • Members : 440
  • Pdf File: a-field-guide-to-canadian-cocktails.pdf

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Celebrate Canadian cocktail history and artistry with A Field Guide to Canadian Cocktails, a collection of over 100 recipes inspired by a bounty of homegrown ingredients and spirits that will appeal to armchair bartenders and professionals alike. From the Yukon’s Sour Toe Shot to a Prairie Caesar to New Brunswick’s Fiddlehead Martini, each beautifully crafted recipe—comprising updated classics, signature drinks from Canada’s top bartenders and the authors’ own creations—features quintessentially Canadian ingredients and cultural references, blending to create a libatious and entertaining journey from sea to shining sea. Also featured are syrup and infusion recipes, tips and tricks, technique and equipment guides, as well as travel narratives and recommendations from the authors’ cross-country road trips. Authors Victoria Walsh and Scott McCallum have dedicated countless hours, not to mention gas mileage, foraging, travelling and experimenting, in order to instill their own brand of northern spirit into the existing cocktail canon, and to add to the proud tradition of ensuring Canadian drinks, history and lore, in all their glory, are served at the global bar.

The Science of Science Fiction

By Mark Brake
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 1510739378
  • Total of Pages : 228
  • Category : Science
  • Members : 604
  • Pdf File: the-science-of-science-fiction.pdf

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We are the first generation to live in a science fiction world. Media headlines declare this the age of automation. The TV talks about the coming revolution of the robot, tweets tell tales of jets that will ferry travelers to the edge of space, and social media reports that the first human to live for a thousand years has already been born. The science we do, the movies we watch, and the culture we consume is the stuff of fiction that became fact, the future imagined in our past—the future we now inhabit. The Science of Science Fiction is the story of how science fiction shaped our world. No longer a subculture, science fiction has moved into the mainstream with the advent of the information age it helped realize. Explore how science fiction has driven science, with topics that include: Guardians of the Galaxy: Is Space Full of Extraterrestrials? Jacking In: Will the Future Be Like Ready Player One? Mad Max: Is Society Running down into Chaos? The Internet: Will Humans Tire of Mere Reality? Blade Runner 2049: When Will We Engineer Human Lookalikes? And many more! This book will open your eyes to the way science fiction helped us dream of things to come, forced us to explore the nature and limits of our own reality, and aided us in building the future we now inhabit.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

By Sherman Alexie
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  • Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Book Code : 0316219304
  • Total of Pages : 272
  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Members : 512
  • Pdf File: the-absolutely-true-diary-of-a-part-time-indian.pdf

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Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live. With a forward by Markus Zusak, interviews with Sherman Alexie and Ellen Forney, and four-color interior art throughout, this edition is perfect for fans and collectors alike.

Strange History

By Editors of Portable Press
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 1626866155
  • Total of Pages : 495
  • Category : Reference
  • Members : 992
  • Pdf File: strange-history.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Bizarre historical tidbits about quirky queens, hippopotamus soup, shrunken heads, and much more! This exciting title from the folks at the Bathroom Readers’ Institute contains the strangest short history articles from over thirty Bathroom Readers, along with fifty all-new pages. From the twentieth century to the Old West, from the Age of Enlightenment to the Dark Ages, from ancient cultures all the way back to the dawn of time, Strange History is overflowing with mysterious artifacts, macabre legends, kooky inventions, reality-challenged rulers, boneheaded blunders, and mind-blowing facts. Whether it’s B.C. or A.D., you’ll be wondering WTF! Read about . . . The curse of Macbeth Stupid history: Hollywood style The secret LSD experiments of the 1960s In search of the lost “Cloud People” of Peru The Swedish queen who declared war on fleas Unearthing the past with the Outhouse Detectives The Apollo astronaut who swears he saw a UFO How to brew a batch of 5,000-year-old beer The brutal bloodbaths at Rome’s Coliseum Ghostly soup from ancient China The bathroom of the 1970s And much, much more!

Canadian Whisky, Second Edition

By Davin de Kergommeaux
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Appetite by Random House
  • Book Code : 0147530768
  • Total of Pages : 336
  • Category : Cooking
  • Members : 212
  • Pdf File: canadian-whisky-second-edition.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Savour the bold notes and rich varieties of Canadian whisky with this fully revised, updated, and indispensable guide. This fully updated and revised edition of the award-winning Canadian Whisky invites you on a journey across Canada and back through time to discover the story of this unique spirit. Independent whisky expert Davin de Kergommeaux weaves a compelling narrative, beginning with the substance of Canadian whisky—grains, water, and wood—and details the process of how it’s made and how to taste it. He traces the fascinating history of the country’s major distilleries and key visionaries, and introduces the present-day players—big and small—who are shaping the industry through both tradition and innovation. Newly designed, and now including a map of Canada’s whisky distilleries, over 100 up-to-date tasting notes, and a handy tasting checklist, Canadian Whisky reflects the latest research on flavour development and the science of taste. At once authoritative and captivating, this is a must-have resource for beginners, enthusiasts, and aficionados alike.

All about the Burger

By Sef Gonzalez
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Mango Media Inc.
  • Book Code : 1633539636
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : History
  • Members : 638
  • Pdf File: all-about-the-burger.pdf

Book Short Summary:

A History of the Burger, From Conception to Perfection Readers of Salt; A History of the World in 6 Glasses; Guns, Germs, and Steel; and Consider the Fork will love All About the Burger! A World History of Burgers: Do you know what the first burger chain was? That Taco Bell was originally known as Bell Burger--and was founded in the same city as McDonald's? Have you heard of the 1980's Burger Wars? All About the Burger covers all of these topics and more! Discover the food history you've been missing in this entertaining book. The Burger Journey of a Lifetime: All About the Burger will take you on an informational magic carpet ride. You'll learn about restaurants, cooking styles, and different eras that have made the burger the juggernaut that it is. From White Castle to Shake Shack, from simple sandwich to specialty burger, don't miss out on what is sure to be one of the most entertaining looks at history ever written. All About the Burger is the definitive Bible of Burgers. After reading this book, you will learn: • The contributions burgers have made to food culture • The evolution of the burger from carnival treat to an American staple • Where to go to find your next favorite burger • And much more!

Summary of Tom Standage's A History of the World in 6 Glasses

By Everest Media
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Everest Media LLC
  • Book Code : 1669363791
  • Total of Pages :
  • Category : History
  • Members : 672
  • Pdf File: summary-of-tom-standage-s-a-history-of-the-world-in-6-glasses.pdf

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Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 The first beer was probably not brewed until around 10,000 BCE, but it was widespread in the Near East by 4000 BCE, when it appeared in a pictogram from Mesopotamia. The rise of beer was closely associated with the domestication of the cereal grains from which it is made and the adoption of farming. #2 Beer was not invented, but discovered. It was inevitable once the gathering of wild grains became widespread after the end of the last ice age, around 10,000 BCE, in a region known as the Fertile Crescent. #3 The first permanent settlements were established around 10,000 BCE, and they consisted of simple, round huts with roofs supported by wooden posts and floors sunk up to a yard into the ground. They were four or five yards in diameter. A typical village consisted of around fifty huts, supporting a community of two hundred or three hundred people. #4 The discovery of beer was made when people realized that adding more malted grain to the gruel resulted in a stronger drink. The more malt there is in the original gruel, and the longer it is left to ferment, the stronger the beer.

A Brief History of Motion

By Tom Standage
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Book Code : 1635573629
  • Total of Pages : 272
  • Category : History
  • Members : 183
  • Pdf File: a-brief-history-of-motion.pdf

Book Short Summary:

From the bestselling author of A History of the World in 6 Glasses, an eye-opening road trip through 5,500 years of humans on the go, revealing how transportation inevitably shapes civilization. Tom Standage's fleet-footed and surprising global histories have delighted readers and cemented his reputation as one of our leading interpreters of technologies past and present. Now, he returns with a provocative account of a sometimes-overlooked form of technology-personal transportation-and explores how it has shaped societies and cultures over millennia. Beginning around 3,500 BCE with the wheel--a device that didn't catch on until a couple thousand years after its invention--Standage zips through the eras of horsepower, trains, and bicycles, revealing how each successive mode of transit embedded itself in the world we live in, from the geography of our cities to our experience of time to our notions of gender. Then, delving into the history of the automobile's development, Standage explores the social resistance to cars and the upheaval that their widespread adoption required. Cars changed how the world was administered, laid out, and policed, how it looked, sounded, and smelled--and not always in the ways we might have preferred. Today--after the explosive growth of ride-sharing and years of breathless predictions about autonomous vehicles--the social transformations spurred by coronavirus and overshadowed by climate change create a unique opportunity to critically reexamine our relationship to the car. With A Brief History of Motion, Standage overturns myths, considers roads not taken, and invites us to look at our past with fresh eyes so we can create the future we want to see.

Food Lit: A Reader's Guide to Epicurean Nonfiction

By Melissa Brackney Stoeger
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Book Code : 1610693760
  • Total of Pages : 350
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Members : 390
  • Pdf File: food-lit.pdf

Book Short Summary:

An essential tool for assisting leisure readers interested in topics surrounding food, this unique book contains annotations and read-alikes for hundreds of nonfiction titles about the joys of comestibles and cooking.

The Food and Feasts of Jesus

By Douglas E. Neel,Joel A. Pugh
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • Book Code : 1442212926
  • Total of Pages : 272
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 443
  • Pdf File: the-food-and-feasts-of-jesus.pdf

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The Food and Feasts of Jesus offers a new perspective on life in biblical times by taking readers inside the food culture of the day. From wedding feasts to a farmer’s lunch, the book explores the significance of various meals, discusses key ingredients, and offers accessible recipes for readers to make their own tastes of the first century.

An Unashamed Defense of Coffee

By Roseane M. Santos,Roseane M. Santos, M.Sc., Ph.D. & Darcy R. Lima, M.D., Ph.D.,Darcy R. Lima
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Book Code : 1453534245
  • Total of Pages :
  • Category : Health & Fitness
  • Members : 570
  • Pdf File: an-unashamed-defense-of-coffee.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The first coffee of the day is a make-or-break moment. A robust, flavorful cup can clear the mind, cheer the soul, and boost self-confidence. A watery, bitter brew almost guarantees gloom. More than one billion people start their day by drinking a cup of coffee, making it the most popular drink worldwide, after water, and the coffee industry second in the worldwide economy, after oil. However, most people still consider coffee a guilty pleasure. One reason is that many think coffee contains only caffeine and is detrimental to health. In fact, coffee is far more than caffeine-it contains a complex mixture of bioactive compounds that can affect health positively, such as antioxidants, minerals, niacin, and lactones. This book debunks the myths surrounding coffee and proves that coffee in moderation can actually prevent many diseases. Extensive research has been conducted in the last twenty years, but the findings have been relegated to highly specialized journals which are inaccessible to most readers. Now, coffee drinkers rejoice-this book articulates the massive body of research that's been done in a way that everyone can understand and enjoy! Coffee has been and continues to be an important part of human history-economically, physiologically, and socially. It is the favorite drink of many celebrities and innovators, such as Britney Spears, Halle Berry, Jennifer Jones, Bill Gates, Robin Williams, Kevin Spacey, Jon Stewart, Dave Chapelle, and Madonna, as well as numerous historical figures, like Benjamin Franklin, Napoleon, Lord Byron, Chopin, Bach, Beethoven, Voltaire, Casanova, Goethe, Hemingway, Picasso, Balzac, and Wyatt Earp. There are lots of reasons to drink coffee every day, as the millions of customers who flock to coffeehouses to order a "special," double espresso or latte will attest. Wake up, smell and read all about coffee. 101 Reasons to Drink Coffee without Guilt provides an accessible, engaging, and illuminating exploration of this beloved beverage. Better than this book, only a coffee talk with the doc.