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The World of Caffeine
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How much do we really know about our number one drug of choice? This book, the first natural, cultural, and artistic history of our favourite mood enhancer tells us more, by looking at how caffeine was discovered, its early uses, and the unexpected parts it has played in medicine, religion, painting, poetry, learning and love. "The World of Caffeine" is a tale of art and society containing many fascinating stories including: how Balzac's addiction to caffeine drove him to eat coffee and may have killed him; how a mini Ice Age may have helped bring coffee, tea and chocolate to popularity in Europe; and how caffeine, in its various forms, was used as cash in China, Africa, Central America and Egypt.
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About the Author

Bennett Alan Weinberg is a medical and science writer. He is also chairman of his own advertising and public relations firm whose clients include several of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies. Bonnie K. Bealer is a researcher and writer trained in psychology and anthropology. The authors live in Philadelphia.

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"[A] marvelous new book."- Malcolm Gladwell, "The New Yorker "An eye-opening explanation of the history and culture of coffee."-"Food and Wine "The book's engaging, easy style allows readers to zip through it like a jolt of good java, or savor it slowly like a good cup of tea."-"The Washington Post Book World "With impressive felicity, Weinberg and Bealer marshal the forces of history, chemistry, cultural anthropology, psychology, philosophy, and even a little religion to tell caffeine's complicated story."-"The Cleveland Plain Dealer ..."a magnificently researched book filled with revelations about what has become, for many of us, a routine part of each day's consumption."-"The Wall Street Journal

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