For All the Tea in China: How England Stole the World’s Favorite Drink and Changed History by Sarah Rose; 252 pages.
I received this book as a birthday present from my fantastic mother.
The book tells the story of botanist Robert Fortune who travels to China in order to steal the tea plant and drow it in India for the infamous East India Company. China basically had sole control over tea before Fortune’s espionage in the mid-nineteenth century. Most experts even thought that green tea and black tea came from different plants. We now know it was a different processing technique.
While I did enjoy this book, it is certainly only for a niche group. If you are interested in travel writing or the history of tea or the east India Company, then you should probably pick up this title. The writing was quite good; although, not as thrilling as to be on par with Erik Larson.