A Rum Tale

A Rum Tale : Spirit of the New World

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What links Fidel Castro, pirates from the Caribbean and George Washington?


A Rum Tale: Spirit of the New World is a look at the history of one of the Caribbean's most famous and favourite drinks. From its start as a by-product of a mysterious plant called `sugar cane' to twentieth-century bootlegging, smuggling and prohibition, rum's heritage is as rich as its flavour - so pour yourself a drink and turn the page.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 129 x 198mm
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 12 Illustrations, black and white
  • 0750990805
  • 9780750990806

Table of contents

Part One: A Murky Past
    The Birth of the Sugar Trade, Discovery of The New World, Christopher Columbus, The Slave
    Trade and all that…
Part Two: The Rise of Rum
    Sugar and Spice and All Things Nice and The Real Pirates of the Caribbean
Part Three: The Revolutionary Spirit
    Rum in North America / The Australian Rum Rebellion
Part Four: The Rise of Cuba
    Havana Club versus Bacardi in the rum fight of the century
Part Five: Rum and The Royal Navy
    The traditions of the rum ‘tot’ and the Royal Navy
Part Six: Types of Rum
    Towards a classification of rum and some rums of distinction
Appendix: Rum Cocktails
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About Joseph Piercy

JOSEPH PIERCY studied English and Philosophy at the University of Wolverhampton and holds a Master's degree in Creative Writing. He is the author of eleven books of non-fiction on a range of different subjects, but one of his main interests and areas of expertise is the social and cultural history of drinks. His titles include Slippery Tipples: A Guide to Weird and Wonderful Spirits and Liqueurs (7,400 copies). He lives in Brighton.
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