AuthorIain Gately
ImprintIain Gately Ltd
Sales rank4.5


A spirited look at the history of alcohol from the dawn of civilization to the twenty first centuryFor better or worse, alcohol has helped shape our civilization Throughout history, it has been consumed not just to quench our thirsts or nourish our bodies but also for cultural reasons It has been associated since antiquity with celebration, creativity, friendship, and danger, for every drinking culture has acknowledged it possesses a dark side In Drink, Iain Gately traces the course of humanity s 10,000 year old love affair with the substance which has been dubbed the cause of and solution to all of life s problems Along the way he scrutinises the drinking habits of presidents, prophets, and barbarian hordes, and features drinkers as diverse as Homer, Hemmingway, Shakespeare, Al Capone, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson Covering matters as varied as bacchanals in Imperial Rome, the gin craze in 17th 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 Drink further documents the contribution of alcohol to the birth and growth of the United States, taking in the war of Independence, the Pennsylvania Whiskey revolt, the slave trade, and the failed experiment of National Prohibition Finally, it provides a history of the world s best loved drinks Enthusiasts of craft brews and fine wines will discover the origins of their favorite tipples, and what they have in common with Greek philosophers and medieval princes every time they raise a glass.A rollicking tour through humanity s love affair with alcohol, Drink is an intoxicating history of civilization



Drink By Iain Gately

As I was reading this book, I kept developing a prodigious thirst for both the text and the subject matter Ah, alcohol I cannot even try to read about your glories without falling prey to your allure Ahem, sorry Anyway, this popular history covers the entire history of the drink of poets, madmen, wo... (Sign in to see more)


Drink By Iain Gately

Very entertaining, fascinating details, impressive scope The breadth of research here is amazing, from Europe to Asia to Australia, from Sumeria at the beginning of recorded history, through the age of the Pharaohs, up through Russia in the 1990s, and the rise of craft brewing in America in the 2000... (Sign in to see more)

Kirk Battle

Drink By Iain Gately

Easily one of my favorite books of all time An endless source of trivia and handy facts for when you re out socializing and have nothing to add to the conversation It s also written in a frank and forward style that had just enough wit to it without being cute.It s essentially an object oriented his... (Sign in to see more)

Liz Barr

Drink By Iain Gately

It s a sad reflection on the state of popular histories in general that I got really excited when Iain Gately s Drink A Cultural History of Alcohol devoted an entire chapter to Australia and the Rum Rebellion And then split a chapter between China and Japan And, um, mentioned Africa.Okay, what I m s... (Sign in to see more)


Drink By Iain Gately

This book has some really great historical tidbits in it, and the style is clear and very enjoyable to read.My main criticism is that I can t help but think about all the things missing from this book It attempts to look at drinking all over the world, but in practice anything outside of Western Eur... (Sign in to see more)


Drink By Iain Gately

Read around in this book It was research for work Somewhat dry for such a fun subject.

Matt Simmons

Drink By Iain Gately

Gately writes an engaging and intriguing history of one of the very few cultural near universals drink While the book is perhaps over long, it never feels plodding, yet its narrative is also not something that compels the reader to keep reading one can taste and sample at will Too much can be overwh... (Sign in to see more)


Drink By Iain Gately

We should thank God for beer and burgundy by not drinking too much of them G.K Chesterton, OrthodoxyA substance that a third of the world institutionalizes as a religious sacrament and another third expressly forbids on religious grounds is one to be reckoned with Since time immemorial, humans have ... (Sign in to see more)


Drink By Iain Gately

My wife saw this book on the shelves of a used bookstore and pointed it out to me I m a big fan of reading historical non fiction, and a big fan of booze in all its myriad forms I m a cocktail author and a beer brewer and I m not against a glass of wine on occasion either , so this one definitely ca... (Sign in to see more)


Drink By Iain Gately

absolutely fascinating granted, at 500 pages, it s not a quick read but it is easy to read and chock full of historical tidbits i think the only limitation is that the book isn t entirely global, beyond ancient times there are passages on the Aztecs, or the rise of rum and eventually wine in Austral... (Sign in to see more)

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