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Sugar: A Bittersweet History

Sugar: A Bittersweet History

by Elizabeth Abbott

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Overview

The book explores the hidden stories behind this sweet product, revealing how powerful American interests deposed Queen Lili'uokalani of Hawaii, how Hitler tried to ensure a steady supply of beet sugar when enemies threatened to cut off Germany's supply of overseas cane sugar, and how South Africa established a domestic ethanol industry in the wake of anti-apartheid sugar embargos. The book follows the history of sugar to the present day, showing how sugar made eating on the run socially acceptable and played an integral role in today's fast food culture and obesity epidemic. Impressively researched and commandingly written, Sugar will forever change perceptions of this sweet treat.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590207727
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 09/27/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 632,862
File size: 9 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Elizabeth Abbott is Research Associate at Trinity College, University of Toronto, and, from 1991 to 2004, was Dean of Women. She is the author of several books, including Sugar and Haiti. She lives in Toronto.

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"Appropriately powerful...[Abbott] offers up a number of fascinating stories" -- The New York Times Book Review

"Sugar and Sugar both will give readers a lift, and, ultimately, both offer hope." - Library Journal, Editors' Spring Picks

""The author has certainly done her homework." - HistoryWire

Readers will never again be able to casually sweeten tea or eat sweets without considering the long and fascinating history of sugar." - Booklist

"This comprehensive study of a food product found in beverages and menus everywhere is a fascinating achievement for this talented researcher of world history." -- Chicago Botanic Garden

"A 'must' for any culinary collection." -- Midwest Book Review

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