Sugar: A Bittersweet History Paperback – Jan 29 2008
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'A highly readable and comprehensive study of a remarkable product... rare eloquence and passion... a must-read' - Independent. 'Fascinating' - Daily Mail. 'Reading this graphic tale of the global havoc sugar has caused and continues to cause, you might wonder why sugar is not a banned substance; it seems to have done as much harm as opium or heroin... [Abbott's] style is vivid and she's done her research, right back to her sugar plantation Antiguan ancestors. It's a good read - but it might stay your hand next time you reach for a chocolate biscuit to enjoy with your coffee' - Irish Times. 'Zestful... belongs to that recent genre of food histories which have had huge public appeal... Abbott's breezy and energetic style will doubtless find an enthusiastic readership among people keen to make sense of the world around them via the history of this remarkable commodity' - BBC History. 'The blood-drenched history of sugar is carefully mapped in Elizabeth Abbot's impressive overview, which is guaranteed to make you choke on your chocolate - Enlightening and as dismaying as a sugar crash' - Metro. 'Read it and you'll never stir sugar into your coffee or sprinkle it over your berries in quite the same mindless way. I promise' - Montreal Gazette. 'Brilliant and assiduously researched. Abbott writes about the history of sugar with a fluid, fierce narrative power and a vengeful intelligence. Her personal stake in the story - via her own recently discovered West Indian heritage - makes the book all the more compelling' - Quill & Quire. 'A richly dramatic and fascinating history of how sugar Africanized the New World' - Sun Times. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
ELIZABETH ABBOTT is the bestselling author of A History of Celibacy, A History of Mistresses, A History of Marriage, and Sugar. Abbott has written for numerous media, including The Huffington Post, The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, the Ottawa Citizen, and The Gazette (Montreal). She lives in Toronto.
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and intriguing look at a product which many/most of us take for granted.
Abbott traces the growth in the world's demand for sugar and the direct
role this played in the growth of the slave trade. Abbott's writing is always interesting. The history is interspersed with tiny, elegant details of real people and real lives --- some prospering but most foundering, as a result of the sugar market. It is a very compelling read and the accompanying photographs are excellent. You'll never look at your sugar bowl in the same way again.
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The subject matter is interesting, but Abbott gets bogged down by needless historical detail and sometimes fails to make adequate transitions between chapter divisions and chapters... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Gregory Dickson
Having read similar books where the focus is on the history of one food commodity (True History Of Chocolate by the Coes, Banana by Dan Koeppel, Salt by Mark Kurlansky, etc. Read morePublished on Aug. 22 2012 by Brian Maitland
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