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Neither a history or a memoir.,
This review is from: The Devil's Cup: Coffee, the Driving Force in History (Paperback)
This books falls badly between two stools. As a history of coffee's spread through the world and its effects on society it offers little more than a few potted histories. As a road trip memoir it also offers little beyond the author's clumsy attempts to smuggle forged art out of India and his wanderings round East Africa.
The final section, where the author and his companion attempt a road trip across America is the final insult to the reader. We learn little from this except not to mix ephedrine and caffeine. Finally, the book's conclusion is abrupt and feels as though the author had simply run out of ideas.
If you want to learn about the history of coffee you will learn more from Wikipedia. If you want a road trip memoir then Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is still to be bettered.