Caffeine: How Caffeine Created the Modern World

Caffeine: How Caffeine Created the Modern World

Pollan takes us on a journey through the history of the drug, which was first discovered in a small part of East Africa and within a century became an addiction affecting most of the human species. Caffeine, it turns out, has changed the course of human history - won and lost wars, changed politics, dominated economies. What's more, the author shows that the Industrial Revolution would have been impossible without it. The science of how the drug has evolved to addict us is no less fascinating.

Title:Caffeine: How Caffeine Created the Modern World
Edition Language:English
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    Caffeine: How Caffeine Created the Modern World Reviews

  • Aerin

    Review: This was a brief, interesting overview of the science and history of caffeine and all of the wonderful and terrible things it does to the human brain. I could have done without Pollan's lon...

  • Richard Derus

    Reminded by my GR friend Joe Kraus about this tale, I realized I never bothered to review it.I really liked the information in this short hit of Pollan's ever-tendentious and trenchant ouevre. I tried...

  • Diane

    This was a lively and interesting audiobook on the history of caffeine and its effects on the body. My favorite part was Pollan's humorous description of his attempt to quit caffeine, and how quickly ...

  • Darwin8u

    I thought I reviewed this a few weeks ago. I'm not sure anymore. Social distancing + caffeine is screwing with my memory. Anyway, a good book, just not top-shelf Pollan. This one seemed like it could ...

  • Alan Teder

    PSA March 2020 This is a re-posting as the original audiobook, ratings and reviews were deleted in the 2020 Audible Original new purge by misinformed Goodreads librarians who are not following the Lib...

  • Montzalee Wittmann

    Caffeine: How Caffeine Created the Modern World by Michael Pollan is an interesting book about the history of caffeine, how it made its way through our lives, economy, society, and how its the only dr...

  • Cori

    "The only socially acceptable drug we give our children on a daily basis." Mr. Pollen's piece on caffeine was startling, funny, educational, and fresh. From the ridiculous amount of caffeine some hist...

  • Rissa

    If you have seen Matt DAvellas coffee video where he quits coffee for a month. That was basically this book. Going through the withdrawals, what people get out of coffee and a bit of history on the be...

  • Donna Craig

    I actually finished this book three days ago. The fact that I’m still having fascinated thoughts about it makes it a 5. Michael Pollan’s research methods are always intensely personal, and this to...

  • Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin

    Enjoyed the book on the history of caffeine and caffeine production in coffee and tea and their ties to the rise of the world economy of the present (although maybe not future). I understand the downs...