Sugar: The World Corrupted: From Slavery to Obesity

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5.7 X 8.7 X 0.9 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

James Walvin is the author of several books on slavery and modern social history. including Crossings and A Jamaican Plantation. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and in 2008 he was awarded an OBE for services to scholarship. He lives in England.


Shocking and revelatory. No other product has so changed the world, and no other book reveals the scale of its impact.--David Olusoga, author of The Kaiser's Holocaust and host of the BBC's "Civilization"
Walvin provides a concise and engaging overview of the history of sugar, exploring its societal and environmental impact from its presence in the human diet dating back millennia to its substantial role in the global obesity crisis.
Walvin's tone is brisk and informative, particularly in chapters on the gradual intertwining of sugar and sociability.
This thoroughly researched exploration of a cherished commodity begins with sugar's roots in the Middle East and chronicles its dissemination via trade and colonialism. Walvin's expertise shines in his handling of the sugar economy.
There's something crazy about the modern relationship with sugar. We demonize it, and yet we can't seem to stop gorging on it. Few plants can have caused more human misery than sugar cane, first through slavery and now through obesity, tooth decay and Type 2 diabetes. Yet when we see something sugary--a ball of cotton candy, some salted-caramel ice cream, a chocolate fudge cake--most of us still react only with joy, as if greeting a dear old friend. Despite everything we now know about the harm caused by sugar--and other modern sweeteners, such as high-fructose corn syrup--it never stops being sweet. A brilliant and thought-provoking history of sugar and its ironies. Mr. Walvin writes with fresh and righteous shock.