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    Michael Pollan, known for his best-selling nonfiction audio, including The Omnivores Dilemma and How to Change Your Mind, conceived and wrote Caffeine: How Caffeine Created the Modern World as an Audible Original. In this controversial and exciting listen, Pollan explores caffeine’s power as the most-used drug in the world - and the only one we give to children (in soda pop) as a treat.

    Pollan takes us on a journey through the history of the drug, which was first discovered in a small part of East Africa and within a century became an addiction affecting most of the human species. Caffeine, it turns out, has changed the course of human history - won and lost wars, changed politics, dominated economies. What’s more, the author shows that the Industrial Revolution would have been impossible without it. The science of how the drug has evolved to addict us is no less fascinating. And caffeine has done all these things while hiding in plain sight! Percolated with Michael Pollan’s unique ability to entertain, inform, and perform, Caffeine is essential listening in a world where an estimated two billion cups of coffee are consumed every day.

    ©2019 Michael Pollan (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC.

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    great book

    I am a HUGE Michael Pollan fan and this book didn't disappoint. I have already recommended it to friends.

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    Interesting but strangely incomplete

    I won't deny that I learned things from this book. I absolutely did and I do not regret listening to it. But at the same time, it has a lot of very strange blind spots that can't help but put in question everything else the author is telling me.

    So does the book not only completely ignore the existence of caffeine sources like Guarana and Guayusa, both of whom have long histories with indigenous populations, it also misses vital differences between tea and coffee. The book spends a not inconsiderate amount of time talking about the difference in perception between tea and coffee but seems to have entirely missed that caffeine from tea is generally considered to absorb slower than caffeine from coffee, thus creating very different effects on the drinker. That might be a misconception-I have not yet searched for research on the topic-but it should have at least been discussed.

    The author also quits his caffeine habit cold-turkey, something generally not recommended. Shouldn't a person researching the topic have known that?

    All of which together makes me question what else the author might have left out or misrepresented that I simply didn't catch. So I sadly can't give it a higher score, even if I enjoyed it.

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    Nice but not that illuminating

    He does a good job and I listened until the end. However, a lot of important information, such as how often you can drink caffeine without developing a tolerance is missing.