How Soda Shook Up the World
By Tristan Donovan


288 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF

Trade Paper, $19.99 (US $19.99) (CA $25.99)

ISBN 9781613747223

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Nov 2013)


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How bubbly sugar water helped define modern culture

This social, cultural, and culinary history charts soda's remarkable, world-changing journey from awe-inspiring natural mystery to ubiquity. Off-the-wall and offbeat stories abound, including how quack medicine peddlers spawned some of the world's biggest brands, how fizzy pop cashed in on Prohibition, how soda helped presidents reach the White House, and even how Pepsi influenced Apple's marketing of the iPod. This history of carbonated drinks follows a seemingly simple everyday refreshment as it zinged and pinged over society's taste buds and, in doing so, changed the world.


"Donovan succeeds in his attempt to create an extremely comprehensive work on the subject like none have before. Recommended for those who enjoy industry histories and a must-have for libraries." —Library Journal

"A fascinating cultural and business chronicle of a product everyone takes for granted." —Booklist

"Like the beverage, Fizz is addictive." —Shepherd Express

"In his fascinating history of carbonated drinks, Donovan (Replay: The History of Video Games) reveals that fizz is about a lot more than just bubbles." —Publishers Weekly

"Snappy and informative the whole way through." —Slog, from Seattle's The Stranger

"Donovan charts a refreshing albeit number-heavy history of fizzy drinks, from the first 'fixed air' waters to ever-sweeter iterations that have changed how the world quenches its thirst." —Discover Magazine

"In his new book, Fizz, journalist Tristan Donovan takes us on a fast-paced ride through the history of the soft-drink industry." —Wall Street Journal

Praise for Tristan Donovan's Replay: The History of Video Games


"A wonderfully thorough and entertaining history" —The Guardian


"While other history books have covered the topic, Tristan Donovan's 500-page tome is the most wide-ranging history I've read." —Wired


"One history lesson worth its weight in quarters." —Bookgasm


"Comprehensive and wide-ranging—yet engrossing and splendidly entertaining. If you read only one history of video games—Replay is it." —Eugene Jarvis, creator of the arcade games Defender and Smash TV


"If you enjoy reading about games, there's absolutely no way that you're not going to find spending quality time with this rewarding." —Kieron Gillen, writer for games website "Rock Paper Shotgun" and the comic Uncanny X-Men

Author Biography

Tristan Donovan is the author of Replay: The History of Video Games. His work has appeared in publications such as the Times, Stuff, the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, and the Big Issue.