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For all the tea in China : how England stole the world's favorite drink and chan
Rose, Sarah
Adult Nonfiction HD9198.G72 R67 2010

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In 1848, the British East India Company sent Scottish gardener/botanist Robert Fortune to China to steal tea plants, seeds, and the secrets of the horticulture and manufacturing of tea, a drink quickly growing in popularity among the English. While there, Fortune confronted prejudice, bad weather, and crooks as willing to dupe him as he was to swindle them. Along with fascinating tidbits about tea growing and history, we also learn about the coolies (slaves) upon whom the tea trade depended. Journalist Rose (www.sarahrose.com) is a rarity, an author who skillfully narrates her own lush work, capturing every nuance perfectly. She's totally charming as she re-creates good guys, brigands, thought processes, diverse emotions, and international accents. China and history buffs will be entranced. [Audio clip available through www.tantor.com.-Ed.]-Susan G. Baird, formerly with Oak Lawn P.L., IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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