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For All the Tea in China

How England Stole the World's Favorite Drink and Changed History

by Sarah Rose

Paperback, 259 pages, Penguin Group USA, List Price: $16 |

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For All the Tea in China
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How England Stole the World's Favorite Drink and Changed History
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Sarah Rose

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For All the Tea in China
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How England Stole the World's Favorite Drink and Changed History
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Sarah Rose

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Rose's remarkable account follows the journey of Robert Fortune, a Scottish gardener, who was deployed by the British East India Company to steal China's tea secrets in 1848. This thrilling narrative combines history, geography, and old-fashioned adventure.

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The Tea Thieves: How A Drink Shaped An Empire
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