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This book was definitely an informative and very detailed history of sugar production and consumption but most assuredly it would not even rate in my top 1000 books to read list Let me say first though Mintz did an excellent job of researching the topic for this book But he seemed to concentrate most of his points on the British with only vague mention of the rest of the world Furthermore the format he used proved to be a bit confusing throughout most of the book Finally this book could have very easily conveyed the same point in 50 pages as it did in 214I realize that the British way of life did have a large impact on the shaping the modern world but what about the rest of the world Mintz seems to concentrate most of the book on Britain with only vague references to the rest of the world An example being he refers to the Portuguese and Spanish colonies that provided sugar but what were their reasons for growing sugar What were their patterns of consumption His references about other countries seem in the most part to be in reference to the British For instance at one point in the book he mentions remarks made by foreigners about the blackened teeth of the British people caused by sugar It just seems preposterous to think that no other countries in the world would be worth more than a casually reference on this subject Secondly the format Mintz used leaves something to be desired I understand the reason he split the chapters the way he did but it is within each of the chapters he started to confuse me On numerous occasions he skipped around from one era to another For example he would be talking about something from the 16th century then skip to the 18th century and then back to the 17th century I can understand that he may want to refer
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