A Secret History of Coffee, Coca & Cola

A Secret History of Coffee, Coca & Cola

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This is a compelling account that combines US political and corporate history with narrative illustration, as Cortes tells in words and pictures how one of the biggest companies in the world continues to bypass an international ban on coca.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 64 pages
  • 231.14 x 233.68 x 10.16mm | 408.23g
  • Akashic Books,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1
  • 1617751340
  • 9781617751349
  • 294,702

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""A Secret History of Coffee, Coca & Cola."..is actually a serious and measured chronology of the storied history of these human beverages, accessible to readers of all ages...A sober, serious, yet eminently readable examination of thorny social issues surrounding everyday beverages, "A Secret History of Coffee, Coca & Cola" is highly recommended. --"Midwest Book Review" "If you have ever wondered about the coca in Coca-Cola, the caffeine in coffee, or the irrational pharmacological prejudices in our drug laws, this charmingly eccentric combination of detailed historical research and child-friendly drawings is worth your attention. ["A Secret History of Coffee, Coca & Cola"] is easily digested and full of interesting details about how psychoactive substance come to be accepted or rejected." --"Reason Magazine" "Cortes' presentation is not the typical dense, non-fiction work, but a highly illustrated one, where emotions and impact are present in brief graphical terms, dancing with the harder history, and with a meticulous bibliography." --"North Adams Transcript" "It's impressive how much information Cortes is able to include . . . His illustrations are beautiful, detail-rich colored pencil and pen drawings, and his hand-lettering of typed documents is fantastic." --"Persephone Magazine" "Cortes' latest, "A Secret History of Coffee, Coca & Cola," uses a combination of gritty, mural-like illustrations and painstaking investigative research to explore the relationship between three of the most famous stimulants of all time: coffee, coca leaves (from which cocaine is an alkaloid derivative) and Coca-Cola." --"Metro" "Cortes gained popular stature last year with his sweetly counterpoint art in satiric "Go the F**k to Sleep." That's part of his genius: giving the eye important information barely hinted at in the text...[T]he paintings themselves delve more deeply into the facts that the nonfiction text addresses." --"Scshow more

About Ricardo Cortes

Ricardo Cortes is best known for illustrating the number one "New York Times" best-selling "Go the Fuck to Sleep" and the G-rated follow-up "Seriously, Just Go to Sleep." Cortes first gained notoriety after his debut "It's Just a Plant: A Children's Book about Marijuana" sparked controversy from "The O'Reilly Factor" to Capitol Hill. He has illustrated books about electricity, the Jamaican bobsled team, and jury nullification; his work has been featured in "Vanity Fair," "Entertainment Weekly," "New York Post," "The Village Voice," "San Francisco Chronicle," and on CNN and FOX News. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.show more

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62 ratings
3.66 out of 5 stars
5 15% (9)
4 50% (31)
3 27% (17)
2 3% (2)
1 5% (3)
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