Coffee: A Dark History

Coffee: A Dark History

by Antony Wild

Reveals the shocking exploitation that has always lurked at the heart of the industry.Also known as Black Gold: The Dark History of Coffee.

  • Language: English
  • Category: History
  • Rating: 3.51
  • Pages: 323
  • Publish Date: June 8th 2005 by W. W. Norton & Company
  • Isbn10: 0393060713
  • Isbn13: 9780393060713

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Of course, once coffee becomes an established Thing, it sadly becomes entangled with the slave trade.

Antony Wild thrillingly pursues the hard-to-isolate history of coffee rather than succumbing to the number of myths that are ritually aired by the coffee trade to keep the curious at bay (pg. This is a thrilling work of philosophy by an author who writes objectively, not as a coffee expert who has read a little history or a biologist co-opting cultural data to the extent that it serves his argument, but as an informed and critical thinker tracking a profound idea that happens also to be a powerful drug and one of the worlds most important commodities. Despite the unorthodox resistance to citation and minor errors of logic and grammar, Coffee tells the history of this idea, this substance, through a series of breath-taking tales supported by the best evidence possible. vii), Wild has set the tone of his dark history, and claimed authority over his information where, had he not acknowledged this choice, he might have weakened the foundation of the entire book instead. Notwithstanding the authority he thus obtains, one could easily disagree with Wilds thinking at any point because he writes not definitive proofs but passionate arguments. When anecdote provides the best evidence, that is what he uses, referencing the $350,000-yearly back-up exchange that allowed the New York Coffee, Sugar, & Cocoa Exchange to resume business immediately after being destroyed in the World Trade Center attacks to prove the significance of coffee as a commodity (pg. Only once, in his country-specific breakdown of the Western Hemisphere, do sweeping conclusions, elsewhere based on broad and vetted analysis of practically the whole world, become detached from the solid logic of the book overall. "Coffee: A Dark History" provides a provocative yet satisfying account of coffee as almost everyone enjoys it: a drink we enjoy, something we all have in common, a many-faceted problem.

But I did not abandon the book altogether, thanks to the experience of reading Consuming Passions: Leisure and Pleasure in Victorian Britain which was not only long winded and had everything running and bumping into each other, but also very, very thick. Compared to Consuming Passions: Leisure and Pleasure in Victorian Britain this was, well, novice.

He'll reference different events as if you should know what they are and how exactly they support his argument without him taking you through the steps. He talks about how the free market system, supported by the IMF, WTO, and World Bank have ruined coffee producing countries.

A good portion of the book is a history lesson about trade and diplomacy and a few tie-ins with coffee. This book is definitely a good read for anyone that is interested in history, fair trade, and coffee.

I've been thinking about reading a book about coffee when I saw Coffee: A Dark History at our local library, so I took a chance.

Peculiar sidetracks about the Freemasons aside, this was one of the better written (the author has some wonderfully funny turns of phrase) and better researched coffee books I've read.

In one occasion a point is made about dates where the author got Jim Morrison 's age at death completely wrong so I had to take this book as a work of fantasy.