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Posted February 7, 2011
have you ever wondered how you got here?
A must read for those who have interests ranging from kitchen arts to geopolitics.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
this read answers how we got to where we are. All thanks to a grain of wheat and mans ability and need to observe.Easy to digest and retain,totally engrossing.I bless the grains and the rain each time I consume bread now.
Posted January 15, 2008
This is a very interesting book which sets forth the impact that bread has throughout history, art, religion and politics down through the ages. Beginning with the earliest cultivators of grains through the manmade famines of World War II Jacob details the close relationship that bread has had with the growth of human civilization. The book does not take a merely historical approach but rather provides an overview of human development through bread¿s effect on art, religion, society and government. One learns why the miller was considered a force of evil in medieval Europe, why the peasants were tied to the land and the effect this had on class interaction and the role of bread in the development of Christianity. There is quite a bit of commentary on the advantages that America had vis a vi Europe in regard to our relationship to bread. The vast social changes caused in America by our forefather¿s initial reliance on corn as opposed to wheat are an especially fascinating section of this book. Although the book was written during World War II it is till relevant today. This book will be enjoyed by anyone who studies history, art, religion, sociology and related subjects.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.