What an awesome book, a fascinating perspective on history. This is the kind of book that had me constantly badgering my husband to listen to the dozen cool new things I just learned from that day's chapter. Standage told a coherent history from hunter gatherer times to modern day, and it didn't feel at all like a stretch or an exaggeration. The drinks were effected by and had a definite effect on the course of history. Although I would have enjoyed lingering longer on the details of the origins of tea in Asia, I relished every detail and perspective that was included. Highly recommended for the wine or beer enthusiast, the coffee or tea enthusiast, the foodie, or those who want a fun way to get a better grasp on world history.