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A Secret History of Coffee, Coca & Cola par [Cortés, Ricardo]
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VERY SHORT LIST chose A Secret History of Coffee, Coca & Cola for the #1 Spot on their November 16 Food E-mail A Brain Pickings Favorite Food Book of 2012 and one of their Best Graphic Novels & Graphic Nonfiction of 2012 Featured in Columbia College Today's Bookshelf section "A straight forward and accessible text…Cortés’ highly detailed paintings call up concomitant issues and famous faces as well…In dense passages describing political payments between corporate interests and federal narcotics officials, the reproduction–in Cortés’ deft watercolors–of memos, official letters, and newspaper articles serves as an indictment of the rule of law with loopholes for the profit minded. This is an excellent introduction to the complexities of 'American interests,' the realities of corrupt rationale invoked in the pursuit of world health, and the need to take a longer view than the immediate to see how substance and substance abuse both share space and operate on different planes. Right and wrong are not black and white but form a gray of varying shades." --Library Journal “If you hate the War on Drugs, Ricardo Cortés should be one of your favorite illustrators.” --Vice “Astonishingly addictive and intoxicatingly revelatory, ...Coffee, Coca & Cola offers an impressively open-minded history lesson and an incredible look at the dark underbelly of American Capitalism . . . A stunning, hard cover coffee-table book for concerned adults, this captivating chronicle is a true treasure.” --Comics Review (UK) “This fascinating and beautifully illustrated piece of visual journalism . . . is as thoroughly researched and absorbingly narrated as it is charmingly illustrated.” --Brain Pickings "Any food and culinary history holding will find this a lively survey!" --The Midwest Book Review A Secret History of Coffee, Coca & Cola is an illustrated book disclosing new research in the coca leaf trade conducted by The Coca-Cola Company. 2011 marked the 125th anniversary of its iconic beverage, and the fiftieth anniversary of the international drug control treaty that allows Coca-Cola exclusive access to the coca plant. Most people are familiar with tales of cocaine being an early ingredient of "Coke" tonic; it's an era the company makes every effort to bury. Yet coca leaf, the source of cocaine which has been banned in the U.S. since 1914, has been part of Coca-Cola's secret formula for over one hundred years. This is a history that spans from cocaine factories in Peru, to secret experiments at the University of Hawaii, to the personal files of U.S. Bureau of Narcotics Commissioner Harry Anslinger (infamous for his "Reefer Madness" campaign against marijuana, lesser known as a long-time collaborator of The Coca-Cola Company). A Secret History of Coffee, Coca & Cola tells how one of the biggest companies in the world bypasses an international ban on coca. The book also explores histories of three of the most consumed substances on earth, revealing connections between seemingly disparate icons of modern culture: caffeine, cocaine, and Coca-Cola. Coca-Cola is the most popular soft drink on earth, and soft drinks are the number one food consumed in the American diet. Caffeine is the most widely used psychoactive substance. Cocaine . . . well, people seem to like reading about cocaine. An illustrated chronicle that will appeal to fans of food and drink histories (e.g., Mark Kurlansky's Salt and Cod; Mark Pendergrast's For God, Country & Coca-Cola), graphic novel enthusiasts, and people interested in drug prohibition and international narcopolitics, the book follows in the footsteps of successful pop-history books such as Michael Pollan's The Botany of Desire and Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation—but has a unique style that blends such histories with narrative illustration and influences from Norman Rockwell to Art Spiegelman.

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  • Editeur : Akashic Books (4 décembre 2012)
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Waste of time and money! 29 octobre 2015
Par Dr. JSH - Publié sur
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A Secret History of Coffee, Coca & Cola
One word came to mind while reading this book: HORRIBLE!
I can't believe anyone would say, "Wow!" after reading this book. It is shaped like a hardcover children's book and reads and is illustrated like one too, except, of course, the word "cocaine" doesn't often make an appearance in books written for children.
The book's title is misleading, but that doesn't stop Mr. Cortes from continuing his theme of sweetheart deals crafted by wayward government employees (e.g., kickbacks are alluded to but not specified) for Coca-Cola's financial success (i.e., source of funds for hinted-at kickbacks).
This book reveals no secrets. The company that imports coca leaves for Coca-Cola has a government-issued licence to do so. Every step of the process is transparent, highly regulated, and not at all unusual. Everyday, government-issued licenses allow some companies and individuals to do certain tasks that those who lack a license may not do. Easy example: physicians have a jurisdiction-specific, government-issued license to prescribe, order, administer, dispense, and/or procure prescription medications. To do so without a license is a crime.
The fact that coca leaves are imported to the United States, have their cocaine content removed, and then are shipped to be used as an ingredient to make Coca-Cola syrup has never been a secret. The information may have startled the author (and, just saying, he formerly wrote a book about the perks of marijuana; if that's where his expertise lies, then, yeah, I can see why Coca-Cola's coca leaves surprised him but that doesn't mean Americans at large have been denied information).
About 100 years ago, Coca-Cola chemists and executives fiddled with the original recipe. Federal agents had seized gallons of Coca-Cola syrup, which were the defendants in a case that made its way to the Supreme Court. (That's right, the syrup was the defendant ... not the humans who made the syrup. This happens a lot too.) The issue was not -- nor is now -- the cocaine content of the drink. Caffeine was considered an adulterant, robbing consumers of good health, and not a natural ingredient in the recipe. During the years that passed as the case moved upward and was then remanded downward, the folks at Coca-Cola decided to exit litigation by drastically lowering the syrup's caffeine content and, around the same time, ditched cocaine as well because the executives in Atlanta saw a prohibition against that drug coming.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Book 13 décembre 2012
Par Josh Wieder - Publié sur
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Amazing illustrations punctuate a long-forgotten story of America's ongoing addiction to prohibition. A brief telling of how caffeine was for some time just as despised and criminal as cocaine is today segues to strong evidence of the special relationship between Harry Anslinger and the Coca Cola corporation that lead to that company's state-enforced monopoly on the retail benefits of coca. A perfect example of the madness that fuels State funded wars on plants, and a long-awaited sequel of sorts to the author's previous work on Marijuana, the book climaxes with the Bureau of Narcotics/Coca-Cola connection - a story of corruption, stupidity and needless human suffering in the eternal war between those who wish to live their own lives and those who wish to dictate the lives of others. A must read for caffeine users, cocaine users, coffee drinkers, coca chewer, law enforcement, Coca-cola drinkers and employees as well as anyone whose life has been impacted by the drug "war".
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Book is too short 9 janvier 2013
Par MariLynn - Publié sur
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It contains good information but it's so short. Guess it would be a good table top book. It would be good for a preteen.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 LOST MY ORDER but item was BEYOND described!! 11 août 2013
Par Judy Rosella Edwards - Publié sur
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I had not realized this was a signed copy. The book is astounding. My husband couldn't wait to for his chance to see it. Largely written at a juvenile level yet astoundingly informative. Perfect for any age -- and adults will find it enlightening and engaging. Gorgeously illustrated. Seller lost my order...didn't offer any compensation like free overnight shipping... but the item was overwhelmingly wonderful it was worth waiting 3 weeks. Not sure I would order from this source again... but this book astounded me.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 High Quality and Highly Entertaining 5 janvier 2013
Par Joe - Publié sur
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This is one of those fun books that make great gifts for that certain someone who you know would appreciate these kinds of things. This person will LOVE THIS BOOK!
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