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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

Few events in the past ten years have focused the interest of the world on Mexico like the unrest in the southern state of Chiapas. The revolutionary activities of the Zapatista Army for National Liberation have drawn attention to a 500-year struggle between the majority Mayan population and the Spanish and Mexican rulers of the region. Womack, a professor of Latin American history at Harvard and a prominent historian of 20th-century Mexico, has brought together a collection of readings and documents that illuminate this difficult and important struggle. Though some of the sources date from the 16th century, this collection concerns primarily the most recent conflict. Of great value is a 74-page introductory essay by Womack that traces the history of the conflict. This volume will be a welcome addition to most college and research libraries as well as many large public libraries.ÄMark L. Grover, Brigham Young Univ. Lib., Provo, UT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.