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Drink: A Cultural History of Alcohol (Gotham, 2009) by Iain Gately is a veritable jeroboam of cultural and social history related to humankind’s use and abuse of alcohol and all the ingredients (including slaves) required for its production and distribution. A type of beer was made as far back as 8000 B.C., with wine-making soon following. Distillation of alcohol began in the 16th century. Alcohol in its various forms was a substantial driver of trade and traders (many cultures believed political and business deals should only be made when the participants were drunk). A fascinating read for hipster cocktail aficionados, teetotalers and all in between.