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A History of the World in 6 Glasses

How your favorite drinks changed the world

By Tom Standage
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A History of the World in 6 Glasses: How your favorite drinks changed the world by Tom Standage

A History of the World in 6 Glasses (2006) is a look at human history through an unusual lens: our favorite drinks. These blinks outline the global rise of beer, wine, alcoholic spirits, tea, coffee and soda, and how they each played into major historical developments as they spread around the world.

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“My favorite blinks are those that describe fascinating micro-histories of everyday things you might consider boring at first sight. In these blinks, I learned that some of the most common drinks have had a huge impact on historical events.”

– Laura, German Editorial Lead at Blinkist

  • Beer lovers, wine enthusiasts, spirits connoisseurs, coffee addicts and Coca-Cola devotees
  • Anyone interested in the lesser-known details of human history or global power politics

Tom Standage is an English journalist and author whose articles have appeared in several major publications, including The Economist. He has also written six books, including The Victorian Internet.

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