Sugar

Sugar

A Bittersweet History

Book - 2009
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"Sugar" offers a compelling and surprising look at the sweet commodity, from the ways in which it Africanized the cane fields of the Caribbean to how it fueled the Industrial Revolution and jump-started the fast-food craze.
Publisher: London ; New York : Duckworth Overlook, 2009
ISBN: 9781590206478
9781590202975
159020297X
9780715638781
0715638785
Call Number: 633.609 A131s 2009
Characteristics: x, 453 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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lukasevansherman
Jul 05, 2014

I was reading a book on rum that got me interested in the history of sugar, which is inextricably linked with slavery and colonialism. Elizabeth Abbot, who has also written books on celibacy and mistresses, delves into the cultural, social, and economic origins and development of everyone's favorite sweetener. It's as much about slavery as it as about sugar ("12 Years a Slave" is mentioned) and, despite its sweet subject, is dark and unsettling, but also necessary reading. It makes you think about where your products come from and the human cost of unfettered capitalism. Some other good books if you like this one: "Rum: A Social and Sociable History," "Salt: A History," "King Leopold's Ghost," and "Capitalism and Slavery."

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