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Sugar Changed the World

Sugar Changed the World
By Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010
Audience: Researchers

From Goodreads:
When this award-winning husband-and-wife team discovered that they each had sugar in their family history, they were inspired to trace the globe-spanning story of the sweet substance and to seek out the voices of those who led bitter sugar lives. The trail ran like a bright band from religious ceremonies in India to Europe’s Middle Ages, then on to Columbus, who brought the first cane cuttings to the Americas. Sugar was the substance that drove the bloody slave trade and caused the loss of countless lives but it also planted the seeds of revolution that led to freedom in the American colonies, Haiti, and France. With songs, oral histories, maps, and over 80 archival illustrations, here is the story of how one product allows us to see the grand currents of world history in new ways. Time line, source notes, bibliography, index.


If you're looking for hardcore research and a book that reads like a history textbook, this is what you've been hoping to find! There were a lot of facts in this book - more than other nonfiction books I've read lately. I was surprised. I thought it would have more variety based on the subtitle that I saw: "A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science." Really, it should have been, "A Story of Slavery and Freedom." That was a bulk (about 80%) of the content.

If I was doing a research paper on this topic, this would be an amazing source. Alas, I was not, and I was bored. 

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