Tea trade in China and Tibet (book)
Michael Freeman, The Tea Horse Road: China's Ancient Trade Road to Tibet (River Books, forthcoming 2011).
Tavern owners, Barren County, Kentucky, 1799-1851 (booklet)
Sandra Kaye Laughery Gorin, Barren County, Kentucky Tavern Bonds, 1799-1855 (Glasgow, KY : Gorin Genealogical Publishing, 2010). Includes list of tavern owners, 1799-1851, and photocopies of tavern bonds, 1848-1855.
Cider in nineteenth century (book)
Zachary Chastain, Cornmeal and Cider: Food and Drink in the 1800s (Broomall, PA: Mason Crest, 2011).
Tea history (book)
John Charles Griffiths, Tea: A History of the Drink that Changed the World (London: Andre Deutsch, 2011).
American taverns, saloons, speakeasies (book)
Christine Sismondo, America walks into a bar: a spirited history of taverns and saloons, speakeasies, and grog shops (Oxford UP, 2011).
A Renegade History of the United States
is the title of a new book by Thaddeus Russell (American Studies at Occidental College) published last month by Simon and Schuster. Following is the end of the first chapter titled "Drunkards, Laggards, Prostitutes, Pirates, and Other Heroes of the American Revolution"
In the last years of his life, Adams wrote to his friend Jefferson a set of plaintive questions:
"Will you tell me how to prevent riches from becoming the effects of temperance and industry?
Will you tell me how to prevent riches from producing luxury?
Will you tell me how to prevent luxury from producing effeminacy, intoxication, extravagance, vice, and folly?"
Jefferson had no answer. And there would be no winner in the war between pleasure and discipline. During the Revolution Americans began what would be a long resistance to the obligations and sacrifices required by the dark side of democracy. the fight was on between disciplinarians and renegades, but neither would win. The founding of the United States simply began the war that continues today.
Alcohol in southern Appalachia (book)
Bruce E. Stewart, Moonshiners and Prohibitionists: The Battle over Alcohol in Southern Appalachia (University Press of Kentucky, forthcoming, 2011).
Brothers of a Vow
This is the title of a new book by Dr. Ami Pflugrad-Jackisch (WGS Dept. at UM-Flint) subtitled "Secret Fraternal Orders and the Transformation of White Male Culture in Antebellum Virginia". Much about the Sons of Temperance is included. The introduction starts with:
On a warm evening in June, 1847, Nelson Rodgers, a thirty-seven-year-old butcher from Harrisonburg, Virginia, stood outside the antechamber door of the local Sons of Temperance lodge. He heard three soft raps, and then the door swung open to reveal...
Published 2010, by University of Georgia Press
Tobacco in China (book)
Carol A. Benedict, Golden-Silk Smoke: A History of Tobacco in China, 1550-2010 (University of California Press, forthcoming 2011).
Phylloxera and the transformation of wine (book)
George Gale, Dying on the Vine : How Phylloxera Transformed Wine (Berkeley: University of California Press, forthcoming 2011).