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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 2011 by André Deutsch (first published May 28th 2007)
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Steven Scoular
Apr 27, 2016 Steven Scoular rated it really liked it
Crazy teatail about one of my favourite drinks and how it quite literally changed the world's histeary. The way the words flow is very nice, the detail not too steep but informative all the same. Oolong with this, there's multiple little interesting tidbits scattered throughout, to keep even the greenest tea drinkers leafing through. Never a strain to read. I always chai to give as fair rebrews of books as possible, but I am probably a little biased, as to me it's a brewteaful drink and I love i ...more
Ashley Catt
Mar 13, 2015 Ashley Catt rated it did not like it
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
Mar 21, 2015 Deb rated it really liked it
"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
Tara Brabazon
Oct 03, 2014 Tara Brabazon rated it it was ok
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.
Nancy Thormann
May 18, 2016 Nancy Thormann rated it really liked it
It's interesting to learn how tea came to Europe and the difficulties scientists had when naming the different teas - botanically speaking. I didn't know the Chinese were always so secretive about their products and so mistrustful of foreigners.
James Nuttall
Mar 24, 2015 James Nuttall rated it really liked it
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.
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