‘Caffeine: How Caffeine Created the Modern World’ by Michael Pollan

Overall Rating: Highly Recommended (How I Rate Books)

Personal Rating: Required Reading for all Caffeine Addicts. So, basically, everyone

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Nonfiction, History

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Spoilers below. You’ve been warned!

I’m keeping this review short because I just wrote another review and I want to do other things.

This is the story of Caffeine. Where it comes from, how it works, the plants which makes it, the geopolitical history of it, how it (possibly) helped shape the West’s intellectual and rational revolution, it’s cultural impact on the arts and sciences, and it’s negative impact on sleep… but also put in the context of the author’s own addiction to it himself.

It’s an audiobook that clocks in at a little over two hours long. I found it to be insightful. I particularly liked how he discussed his own addiction, and basically spelled out how all of humanity (yours truly included) is equally as addicted to this psychoactive compound. It was short, sweet, and broad enough to grant insight to this world-shaking drug.

Check it out. It’s good.

 

 

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