- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Three Rivers Press (CA); Reprint edition (14 Sept. 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307338622
- ISBN-13: 978-0307338624
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 277,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails Paperback – 14 Sep 2015
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Toasts to And a Bottle of Rum"And a Bottle of Rum is a fascinating tale of cultural metamorphosis, tracing rum's remarkable journey from colonial rotgut to SoHo cocktail. A book with as many revelations about American history as about this archetypally American drink." --Jack Turner, author of Spice: The History of a Temptation "History never tasted so good. What Herbert Asbury did for the gangs of New York, Wayne Curtis does for rum: The profiteers who traded it, the pirates who raided it, the underclass who guzzled it, the mixologists who exalted it, and the corporations who homogenized it--Curtis tells their tale with style and sweep in a tour de force of social history, urban anthropology, and cocktail 'alcohology.' A delight from first sip to last." --Jeff Berry, author of Beachbum Berry's Grog Log, Intoxica!, and Taboo Table "And a Bottle of Rum reveals the facts behind rum's colorful history while telling a great story of rebellion and rumbustion!" --Dale DeGroff, author of The Craft of the Cocktail "Wayne Curtis breaks fascinating new ground in this very palatable history of the world-through-rum-colored glasses. The writing shows what makes modern journalism so great: clean, succinct, inclusive smoothness--not unlike great rum--and Curtis is a virtuoso at it." --Ted "Dr. Cocktail" Haigh, author of Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails
About the Author
Wayne Curtis was the spirits and cocktails columnist for The Atlantic magazine for eight years, and has also written about drinks for the Wall Street Journal, Imbibe, The Daily Beast, and The American Scholar. In 2002 Curtis was named Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year by the Society of American Travel Writers. He lives in New Orleans and Maine.
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