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The Devil's Cup: A History of the World According to Coffee - Stewart Lee Allen
The Devil's Cup: A History of the World According to Coffee
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In this captivating book, Stewart Lee Allen treks three-quarters of the way around the world on a caffeinated quest to answer these profound questions: Did the advent of coffee give birth to an enlightened western civilization? Is coffee, indeed, the substance that drives history? From the... show more
In this captivating book, Stewart Lee Allen treks three-quarters of the way around the world on a caffeinated quest to answer these profound questions: Did the advent of coffee give birth to an enlightened western civilization? Is coffee, indeed, the substance that drives history? From the cliffhanging villages of Southern Yemen, where coffee beans were first cultivated eight hundred years ago, to a cavernous coffeehouse in Calcutta, the drinking spot for two of India’s three Nobel Prize winners . . . from Parisian salons and cafés where the French Revolution was born, to the roadside diners and chain restaurants of the good ol’ U.S.A., where something resembling brown water passes for coffee, Allen wittily proves that the world was wired long before the Internet. And those who deny the power of coffee (namely tea-drinkers) do so at their own peril.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780345441492 (0345441494)
ASIN: 345441494
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages no: 240
Edition language: English
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Mining the Depths
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So Allen is a little off the border in terms of traditional morals and ethics, but he does have interesting insight on the cultures he visits. Aside from the usual yuppie jabs at the US (not that I think the country does everything right, but you know he uses it just because he's cool like that. And...
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