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Tea: A History of the Drink That Changed the World

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Afascinatingaccountof the world's favorite beverage from the son of Sir Percival Griffiths, author ofthe monumental and definitive tome The History of the Indian Tea Industry

A study of the phenomenon as well as the commodity, this is a comprehensive survey of the drink that is imbibed daily bymore thanhalf the population of the world. After water, tea is the second most-co
Paperback, 392 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Andre Deutsch (first published May 28th 2007)
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Ashley Catt
A more honest title for this book would be 'The Mostly Rich White Man's History of Tea', rather than claiming to be 'The History' of tea.

I should start with the positives. Confusingly enough, this book is very interesting to read. Although, going through, there are SO many problems littered throughout, it's engaging. There doesn't seem to be any reason to mistrust the solid facts that are presented to you, and it's different to the orthodox in historical writing. Like tea itself, it is refreshin
Tara Brabazon
This is a book for the 'general' rather than academic reader. It is a bit 'overwritten' for my taste. It features richly mauve - if not purple - prose. However in understanding how and why tea is important and why it is popular, this is a solid book. For academics - look elsewhere for a cultural history. For general readers intrigued by tea, this book is interesting, rather than fascinating.
"There were 24 tea cars on the beach at Dunkirk and all were destroyed by enemy fire or abandoned. Their crews were lucky to get back whole to England, but no sooner had they done so then they joined their colleagues dispensing tea to the thousands of exhausted troops of the evacuation. In the course of those next few days the Tea Cars served some five thousand gallons of tea."
I believe in the sense of security and ability to be brave in the face of horrors that a simple comfort can rouse in us
James Nuttall
An interesting ramble through the history and influence of one of the world's most beloved beverage. Its an educational ramble, told with familiarity and fondness. Needless to say, best enjoyed with a cuppa.
Not bad. Strange writing style, more akin to a romance or travel writer.
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