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For All the Tea in China: How England Stole the World's Favorite Drink and Changed History Paperback – 22 February 2011

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A wonderful combination of scholarship and storytelling
-Guy Raz, NPR host All Things Considered.

With her probing inquiry and engaging prose, Sarah Rose paints a fresh and vivid account of life in rural 19th-century China and Fortune's fateful journey into it...if ever there was a book to read in the company of a nice cuppa, this is it.
-Washington Post

The plot for Sarah Rose's For All the Tea in China seems tailor-made for a Hollywood thriller...a story that should appeal to readers who want to be transported on a historic journey laced with suspense, science and adventure.
-Associated Press

An enthusiastic tale of how the humble leaf became a global addiction.
-The Financial Times

A delicious brew of information on the history of tea cultivation and consumption in the Western world...a remarkably riveting tale.
-Booklist, (starred review)

In For All the Tea in China, the most eventful era of the tea plant gets the inspired treatment it deserves.
-Minneapolis Star Tribune

Sarah Rose steeps us in the story of Robert Fortune.
-National Geographic Traveler

Pause to reflect that the tea you are enjoying is totally hot - as in, stolen! Nabbed! Ripped off! Nothing more than the subject of international corporate espionage!
-Chicago Sun Times

In this lively account of the adventures (and misadventures) that lay behind Robert Fortune's bold acquisition of Chinese tea seedlings for transplanting in British India, Sarah Rose demonstrates in engaging detail how botany and empire- building went hand in hand.
-Jonathan Spence, author of The Search for Modern China

As a lover of tea and a student of history, I loved this book. Sarah Rose conjures up the time and tales as British Legacy Teas are created before our eyes. We drink the delicious results of Robert Fortune's adventures every day.
-Michael Harney, author of The Harney & Sons Guide to Tea

For All The Tea In China is a rousing Victorian adventure story chronicling the exploits of botanical thief Robert Fortune, who nearly single- handedly made the British tea industry possible in India. Sarah Rose has captured the thrill of discovery, the dramatic vistas in the Wuyi Mountains, and the near-disasters involved in Fortune's exploits. For tea-lovers, history buffs, or anyone who enjoys a ripping good read.
-Mark Pendergrast, author of Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World.

About the Author

Sarah Rose is a journalist and author of the critically acclaimed For All the Tea in China: How England Stole the World's Favorite Drink and Changed History. As a journalist, Rose has covered a broad range of beats, including international politics and economics during the Hong Kong handover, finance and business during the end of the dot-com bubble, and the environment. She now writes about food and travel for the Wall Street Journal, Men's Journal, and Bon Appetit, among others.
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  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 259 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0143118749
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0143118749
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 18 years and up
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