This is a wonderful history of a thing -- sugar -- placing it in a rich context of politics and economics, production and consumption, and history for those interested in how the objects.
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Walvin, the author of several books on slavery, takes his readers on a roller-coaster ride through 500 years of history sugar, he shows, was rare for most of human history, with sweetness. This book was definitely an informative and very detailed history of sugar production and consumption, but, most assuredly, it would not even rate in my top 1,000 books to read list.
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