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For All the Tea in China: How England Stole the World's Favorite Drink and Changed History

3 Ratings: 3.0
A book by Sarah Rose

*Starred Review* Through the adventures of Robert Fortune, a nineteenth-century plant hunter, the reader learns a delicious brew of information on the history of tea cultivation and consumption in the Western world. Rose’s book is certain to draw … see full wiki

Tags: Books, History Books, Tea, Tea History, Tea Trade
Author: Sarah Rose
Genre: History, Cooking, Food & Wine, Nonfiction
Publisher: Viking Adult
3 reviews about For All the Tea in China: How England Stole...
review by . February 24, 2010
The genre of how one product changed our lives flourishes, and perhaps Britain more than America was so altered by the export of cheap, tasty black tea in Victorian times. Yet, Rose shows how globalization, the drug trade, rapid transport, and botanical espionage and corporate deceit managed to boost Robert Fortune into his modest role as the East India Company's operative who'd pluck Chinese tea seeds and smuggle them out in glass boxes to India, where they would become the hybrids mingled with …
review by . March 19, 2010
This could have been a fascinating book about one of the most economically impactful thefts of intellectual property in history, but unfortunately. it was a little too light on details and data to be completely successful. Though I enjoyed reading this book, it left me wanting more- more information, more details, more history. As the book itself was fairly short, it could have included more of that missing information to make for a more satisfying read. I expected the details of Fortune's actual …
review by . February 27, 2010
The colonial era where the European powers expanded their influence throughout the globe was a time when military and economic power was used to subjugate societies deemed to consist of "inferior" people. It was fortunate for the Europeans that the one country that could have stopped the expansion in Asia was on a centuries-long downward spiral. There was a time when China was the mightiest naval power in the world and had there been the desire to conquer and hold, it would have been the Chinese …
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