Ian Williams' Rum: A Social and Sociable History chronicles the birth of Rum in the new world and its global impact on modern day political maneuvering. Mr. Williams offers the reader an uncut and honest accounting of the events surrounding the rise and fall of the triangle trade, prohibition, as well as the modern rum market circa 2005. I particularly enjoyed where he reintroduced details that others chose to omit or modify to promote their own socio-political agenda. From George Washington to the Kennedys this book demonstrates how rum has influenced U.S. history from the revolution to modern times. I promise you will either learn something new or be reminded of random trivia that might just surprise you.
I recommend this book for anyone who is interested in learning more about Rum's history or would like to read a different perspective concerning the exploration of the New World. Mr. Williams manages to take what can be a dry or uncomfortable subject and offers it with an honesty that is bound to make the more politically correct or revisionist squirm. I personally found this enjoyable and am happy to have this book as part of my library.
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