His thesis is that “Six beverages in particular – beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola – chart the flow of world history” (p.2). Standage goes on to say that although three contain alcohol and three contain caffeine, “what they have in common is that each one was the defining drink during a pivotal historical period.” (p. 2) A History of the World in 6 Glasses is divided into separate sections based on the different beverage representing a key historical era. Starting about 10,000 years ago, beverages began to have other purposes than just to quench thirst. Beverages were used medicine, currency and for religious purposes. The first historical beverage presented by Standage is beer.
In each of the books, Schneider examines how people interact with the economic, social, and political environments of their urban lives. The author draws from his knowledge in his areas of interest and experiences in writing both these books to write “Smack: Heroin and the American city.” In a comprehensible and well-argued use of language, the author examines heroin use in America between 1945 and 1985 (Schneider, 2008). In Smack, Schneider talks about the history of heroin marketing and use in America. However, the author does not only focus on the drug (smack is heroin’s street name). He also investigates the conditions that have influenced the use of heroin in the United States.
Trey Welch 2nd Period 4-21-14 A History of the World in Six Glasses A History of the World in Six Glasses written by Tom Standage is an interesting book. It tells about the six drinks: cola, coffee, tea, spirits, wine, and beer. It tells where each drink originated and facts about the drink. It goes in deep detail about how the drink was made, who made the drink, and the ingredients in each drink. There are even short stories of the drinks.
La’Tia Harris 2nd period April 20,2014 The History of The World In Six Glasses World History, itself is a very well complicated topic to discuss. Many other authors have tried to condense many years of history in one book. Subjected to fail, Tom Standage’s attempt was a success. Instead of Standage trying to sum up the history, he simply based the book upon a single topic, in this case beverages. Using beverages , he took the reader on a journey that shows how this interweaves with history.Standage is a delightful writer, mixing his light hearted style with exceptional historical savvy not just on the topic of drinks, but throughout.
Tom Standage has described the beginnings of six beverages: beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and Coca-Cola and has found many connections, and information helpful in finding out history of the drinks themselves but also their impacts on the growth of civilization as a whole. This book connects everything with society both past and present, it makes learning about history and the way drinks connect fun and interesting. Like learning without even realizing you are. A History of the World in Six Glasses is more than just talking about each beverage as a single but as a whole, it’s connections, uses, relations, and growth they started. Beer isn’t only used to get drunk off of and act up with, Standage talks about how beer purifies the water, thereby cutting down on disease.
The novel draw large influence from what was going on in that time period. With prohibition a popular topic going on in the 1920s, there was a lot of underground and illegal distribution. Due to alcohol being prohibited, the demand was very high and the 1920s still saw an increase in alcoholism and partying. All this also contributed to the changing of the American Dream. Many of these changes were not really being regarded until F. Scott Fitzgerald released The Great Gatsby, which in turn showed society in a fictional point of view, what America was turning into.
“I must entreat you to be scrupulous in the use of strong liquors. One night’s drunkenness may defeat the labours of forty days well employed.” James Boswell once wrote. College students consuming alcohol has become a persistent problem in America. As we all know, alcohol is a product that has provided a variety of functions for people in the world, especially in twenty first century, it is widely used in socializing, chemically, and medicinally. Although drinking alcohol can benefit peoples in enhancing the enjoyment and quality of life, but massive of consumption could lead to addictions which may cause the negative impact in our life, such as small issues like having headache the next day, losing your job, or more serious of consequences such as negative impact in a relationship, family, and lost of life.
This book would be highly valuable to historians because it gives a fully detailed account of the events that precede and followed the Triangle fire. It has a more permanent interest because of the time it took place, almost one hundred years ago. Some of the people like Charles Murphy, Charles Whitman, and Max Steuer then would have been thought to always be remembered, but today they are nearly forgotten, known only to historians, and not always well known to them (267). Overall, the Triangle fire really was the fire that changed America because it brought change politically to Tammy Hall, change for the workers and a push towards a better future for workers.
As DiLorenzo states, “In the eyes of many Americans, Lincoln remains the most important American political figure in history because the war between the states so fundamentally transformed the nature of American government” (2). Lincoln helped begin a transformation from a small national government to a larger, more centralized one. Perhaps one of the largest misconceptions about Lincoln was his stance on slavery. DiLorenzo goes in depth about this saying, “He (Lincoln) could have ended slavery just as dozens of other countries in the world did during the first sixty years of the nineteenth century, through compensated emancipation, but he never seriously attempted to do so” (9). These two major topics, along with many more, are examined from a different perspective in discovering the man Abraham Lincoln really was.
There are some, however, who know the truth about alcohol, or booze as it is more popularly known. Booze is a toxic, addictive, poison that brings out the worst in people and has very harmful long term effects on the body. The earliest known description of alcohol being consumed, according to National Geographic, comes from several thousand years ago in Ancient Egypt. Back then alcohol was primarily for royalty and the wealthy. The Ancient Egyptians like alcohol for the same reason that people today like it.