Drink by Iain Gately
A Cultural History of Alcohol

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A spirited look at the history of alcohol, from the dawn of civilization to the modern day

Alcohol is a fundamental part of Western culture. We have been drinking as long as we have been human, and for better or worse, alcohol has shaped our civilization. Drink investigates the history of this Jekyll and Hyde of fluids, tracing mankind's love/hate relationship with alcohol from ancient Egypt to the present day.

Drink further documents the contribution of alcohol to the birth and growth of the United States, taking in the War of Independence, the Pennsylvania Whiskey revolt, the slave trade, and the failed experiment of national Prohibition. Finally, it provides a history of the world's most famous drinks-and the world's most famous drinkers. Packed with trivia and colorful characters, Drink amounts to an intoxicating history of the world.


 

About Iain Gately

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Iain Gately is the author of "Tobacco: A Cultural History of How an Exotic Plant Seduced Civilization," Raised in Hong Kong, he studied law at Cambridge University and worked in the financial markets of London.
 
Published July 3, 2008 by Gotham Books. 572 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Cooking. Non-fiction

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Gately (Tobacco: A Cultural History of How an Exotic Plant Seduced Civilization, 2002) serves up a lavish account, lengthy but never dull, of how human civilization has prized and demonized alcohol throughout history.

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Publishers Weekly

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The book’s first chapters chronicle the history of fermentation and distillation from early civilization through the late Middle Ages, before the narrative’s bulk gives over to alcohol’s story since the colonization of the New World.

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That maxim, discovered on an ancient Egyptian manufacturing papyrus, isn't as catchy as "Beer me!", but it accurately sums up the attitudes of many cultures surveyed in Iain Gately's Drink: A Cultural History Of Alcohol.

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Tampa Bay Times

Drink: A Cultural History of Alcohol By Iain Gately Gotham, 529 pages, $30 Review: Iain Gately's 'Drink: A Cultural History of Alcohol' goes down easy, yet packs a punch 08/30/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 2:11pm]

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St. Louis Today

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Bookmarks Magazine

Drink investigates the history of this Jekyll and Hyde of fluids, tracing mankind's love/hate relationship with alcohol from ancient Egypt to the present day.

Drink further documents the contribution of alcohol to the birth and growth of the United States, taking in the War ...

Jul 27 2008 | Read Full Review of Drink: A Cultural History of ...

New York Magazine

The popular history of a humdrum object—that faddish genre in which the most boring items on your dining-room table (salt, cod, potatoes, bananas, chocolate) are revealed to be secret juggernauts of profound social change—has recently become so popular that it’s probably time for someone to write...

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