Black Gold: The Dark History of Coffee - Anthony Wild

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Black Gold: The Dark History of Coffee
'An aromatic blend of colonial history and globalisation criticism' - Ecologist

Arguably the most valuable legally traded commodity in the world after oil, coffee's dark five-hundred year history links alchemy and anthropology, poetry and politics, and science and slavery. Revolutions have been hatched in coffee houses, secret socities and commercial alliances formed, and politics and art endlessly debated.

With over a hundred million people looking to it for their livelihood, the coffee industry is now the world's largest employer and the financial lifeblood of many third-world countries (or the blood with which they feed the global capitalist vampire, depending on your point of view). But with world prices at a historic low, the future looks uncertain. In this thought-provoking expose, Antony Wild, coffee trader and historian, explores coffee's dismal colonial past and its perilous corporate present, revealing the shocking exploitation at the heart of the industry.

'Perfect ammo for destroying your starbucks-guzzling workmates.' - Arena

'An impressive mix of historical overview and contemporary analysis' - Time Out

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; (Reissue) edition (26 Feb 2010)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 1841156566
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841156569
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 2.6 cm

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