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Tea: The Drink That Changed The World [Kindle Edition]

John Griffiths
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Book Description

Tea is a phenomenon that has changed the attitudes of one nation to another, exposed divisions of class and race, ossified social behaviour, shaped the ethics of business, influenced relations between management and labour and led to significant advances in medicine. "Tea" is a comprehensive study of a drink that is imbibed daily by over half the population of the world, looking at the phenomenon as well as the commodity - from 2,500 AD to the present day. Following on from the success of books such as Cod, Tobacco and Salt, "Tea" takes a well-researched and fascinating approach to the world's second favourite beverage.

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"The well-traveled Griffiths is a snappy writer, making this informative and essential book for tea-lovers an entertaining read." --"The Bloomsbury Review"

About the Author

John Griffiths is a former journalist and entrepreneur, who has written 14 books including Afghanistan: Key to a Continent, The Third Man: Life and Times of William Murdoch, Afghanistan: Land of Conflict and Beauty and Hostage: The History, Facts and Reality of Hostage Taking. He lives in Wales.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 842 KB
  • Print Length: 392 pages
  • Publisher: André Deutsch; Reprint edition (3 Feb. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BAR4NW8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #147,345 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Fine Book on Tea 9 Mar. 2013
I have spent a little time alongside the tea-trade where English families have worked for four and five generations: Mister Griffiths know his subject inside and out, and I would be surprised had he not plenty of ancestors in the trade. The detail can seem daunting at first but it ultimately proves as satisfying as a pot of First-Flush Darjeeling (no tea-bags, milk or sugar if you please, just as the cognoscenti take it).

For the thrill-seeker it is all here: exploration, industrial espionage, gunboat diplomacy, cut-throat competition and foul tricks, high-society and the rest. For the new lovers of tea the author even teaches how to brew the best cup possible. For a general reader, a roller-coaster-ride of history, science and fact.

Want to know the dirty politics and (largely unreported) skulduggery behind the Boston Tea Party? The botany of tea and the amazingly complex job of running a tea-estate? Every ancient trick of the trade (mercifully abandoned) from smuggling to adulteration? Why tea-caddies needed locks or why last year's costly porcelain tea-service had to be given to the servants and replaced? What the contemporaries of Confucius thought of tea (and why we know they were misquoted)? Why the Chinese might sneer at Japanese tea-drinking, vice-versa, and why they both should sneer at us? How tea came to be savoured in India and who grows the most now (clue: neither China nor India)? This list hardly scrapes the surface of fascinations on offer.

Read this hugely entertaining book and delight your tea-drinking friends, or learn enough detail to become a tea-snob and drive them crazy; it's up to you. Even if you are some poor soul who lives on instant-coffee, read it and upgrade your life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Honesty 4 April 2015
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The subject is captivating but john griffiths turns it into a dry piece of history. I am struggling to finish it & find some motivation in his writing
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5.0 out of 5 stars History of Tea 31 Mar. 2013
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The best history of Tea I've read. A wide scope, covering China, India, Indonesia, and Kenya. Tells how it was grown and how to brew it.
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By Davey66
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As others have said. It is a bit dry!
For a big tea drinker like myself it is interesting to read the history of tea.
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