Sugar: A Bittersweet History

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Penguin Canada, 2008 - 453 pages
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Sugar: A Bittersweet History offers a perceptive and provocative investigation of a commodity that most of us savour every day yet know little about. Impressively researched and commandingly written, this thoroughly engaging book follows the history of sugar to the present day. It is a revealing look at how sugar changed the nature of meals, fuelled the Industrial Revolution, generated a brutal new form of slavery, and jumpstarted the fast-food revolution.

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Review: Sugar: A Bittersweet History

User Review  - Chelsea - Goodreads

Okay, but everything except the sugar industry in the Caribbean prior to the abolition of slavery was crammed into less than one-quarter of the book, and for the first three quarters, the focus was ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lukas Evan - Goodreads

As much about slavery, capitalism, and colonialism as about sugar. Read full review


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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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