By Sarah Rose
"If ever there has been a booklet to learn within the corporation of a pleasant cuppa, this can be it." -The Washington Post
within the dramatic tale of 1 of the best acts of company espionage ever dedicated, Sarah Rose recounts the interesting, not likely conditions surrounding a turning aspect in financial background. via the center of the 19th century, the British East India corporation confronted the lack of its monopoly at the beautifully profitable tea exchange with China, forcing it to make the drastic determination of sending Scottish botanist Robert Fortune to thieve the crop from deep inside of China and produce it again to British plantations in India. Fortune's danger-filled odyssey, magnificently mentioned right here, reads like experience fiction, revealing a long-forgotten bankruptcy of the previous and the wondrous origins of a doubtless usual beverage.
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