What links Fidel Castro, pirates from the Caribbean, and George Washington? Rum. A Rum Tale: Spirit of the New World is a look at the history of one of the Caribbean’s most famous and favorite drinks. From its start as a by-product of a mysterious plant called "sugar cane" to 20th-century bootlegging, smuggling and prohibition, rum’s heritage is as rich as its flavor—so pour yourself a drink and turn the page.
Joseph Piercy studied English and Philosophy at the University of Wolverhampton and holds a Master’s degree in Creative Writing. He is the author of 11 books of nonfiction on a range of different subjects, but one of his main interests and areas of expertise is the social and cultural history of drinks. His titles include Slippery Tipples: A Guide to Weird and Wonderful Spirits and Liqueurs. He lives in Brighton.