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For All the Tea in China: How England Stole the World's Favorite Drink and Changed History by [Rose, Sarah]
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*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 the attention of history buffs, foodies, avid travel-literature fans, followers of popular science, and perhaps even business-interest book consumers as she reconstructs what she posits as the “greatest theft of trade secrets in the history of mankind.” Tea was grown in China. Great Britain wanted tea. But trying to trade with the Celestial Empire was like pulling teeth. So the East India Company sent hunter Fortune, undercover (dressed in mandarin robes), to penetrate the depths of China and surreptitiously gather—steal, in other words—seeds and young plants and send them to India, where they would flourish in soil that was part of the British Empire. The author’s bold conclusion to this remarkably riveting tale is that Fortune’s “actions would today be described as industrial espionage,” but nevertheless he “changeed the fate of nations.” --Brad Hooper

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"Journalist Rose is a rarity, an author who skillfully narrates her own lush work, capturing every nuance perfectly." Library Journal (starred review)

"Outstanding in both writing and narration." AudioFile magazine, Earphone Award Winner. --AudioFile Magazine

"A wonderful combination of scholarship and storytelling" - Guy Raz, NPR host All Things Considered --NPR

"An enthusiastic tale of how the humble leaf became a global addiction."  --- The Financial Times

"With her probing inquiry and engaging prose, Sarah Rose paints a fresh and vivid account of life in rural 19th-century China...if ever there were a book to read in the company of a nice cuppa, this is it." --Washington Post

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  • File Size: 596 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (January 11, 2010)
  • Publication Date: March 18, 2010
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0030CVQKI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,881 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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