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Drink: A Cultural History of Alcohol (edition 2008)
by Iain Gately (Author)
Drink: A Cultural History of Alcohol by Iain Gately
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"In Drink, Iain Gately traces the course of humanity's ten-thousand-year-old love affair with the substance that has been dubbed "the cause of - and solution to - all of life's problems." Along the way he scrutinizes the drinking habits of presidents, prophets, and barbarian hordes, and features drinkers as diverse as Homer, Hemingway, Shakespeare, Al Capone, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson. Covering matters as varied as bacchanals in Imperial Rome, the gin craze in seventeenth-century London, the rise and fall of the temperance movement, and drunk driving, Drink details the benefits and burdens alcohol has conveyed to the societies in which it is consumed. Gately's lively and provocative style brings to life the controversies, past and present, that have raged over alcohol, and uses the authentic voices of drinkers and their detractors to explode myths and reveal truths about this most equivocal of fluids."--BOOK JACKET.
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