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The coffee book : anatomy of an industry from crop to the last drop
Dicum, Gregory.
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New York : New Press : Distributed by W.W. Norton, [1999]

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xi, 196 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.
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HD9199.A2 D53 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Carlos Fuentes writes, "John Womack has an uncanny feeling for the infinitely complex strains of Mexico." Here, Woack examines the conflict in Chiapas in light of 500 years of struggle and uneasy accomodation between the region's Maya population and the Spanish conquerors and ladino landowners. Rebellion in Chiapas opens with a major new essay examining the Zapatista revolt and chronicling the attempts at a negotiated peace. It goes on to reveal the roots of the rebellion through a range of primary source materials and other key documents from the time of the conquest through the present.

Author Notes

John Womack, Jr. is a historian of Latin America. In 2009 he retired from his position as the Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics at Harvard University. He is the author of Rebellion in Chiapas: An Historical Reader (The New Press).

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Booklist Review

First McDonald's drove out the mom-and-pop drive-in burger stand. Then Kentucky Fried Chicken crossed the road to eliminate regional differences in the American national dish. Now Starbucks threatens to grind up its competitors with a uniform product that appeals to the masses while simultaneously raising consumers' awareness of how much different and better coffee can be from the brew produced in the nation's percolators. Dicum and Luttinger trace the historical roots of the coffee industry, from the beverage's seventeenth-century introduction into Europe to the vast modern-day world trade in the tropical bean. Coffee's seeming indispensability has compelled one nation after another to try to control trade to its own advantage, until market forces of recent decades worked against such manipulation. Current growth in the coffee market and changing consumption patterns make this a timely industry study for the ordinary reader. --Mark Knoblauch

Library Journal Review

Coffee is big business, and the authors of this fascinating historical account examine the various stages of its production. Over the centuries it has been regarded variously as an elixir, an aphrodisiac, and a remedy for drunkenness; even before the properties of caffeine were understood, coffee's ability to revive and energize was valued. But coffee has a darker side, with links to the slave trade; today, the smiling image of Juan Valdez is a stereotype that distorts the harsh working conditions in South America, origin of much of the world's coffee. The authors, importers of ecologically and socially responsible products, discuss rituals like the daily coffee break and innovations such as decaffeinated coffee; the book concludes with a hopeful look at organic and pesticide-free growing techniques. Even if one doesn't like coffee, this well-written book is an enticing brew, part of a promising new series on industry and commodities. Recommended for larger public libraries or special collections in industry or commodities.ÄRichard S. Drezen, Washington Post News Research, Washington, DC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.