REVIEW: The Taste of Many Mountains by Bruce Wydick


The Taste of Many Mountains

This book seems to be a lesson on economics, packed into a fiction story to get people to read and understand the fair trade versus free trade debate.  This story is centered on coffee and its path from the fields of Guatemala to the cups of coffee lovers in the Pacific Northwest.  Graduate students Angela and Alex, the main characters, join researchers Sophia and Rich to start at the source in Guatemala.  Angela was adopted from Guatemala as a baby and this is her first trip to her homeland.  She finds a kinship with the growers and appreciates that opportunities that were provided to her because of her adoption.  Alex is “for the people” and needs to consider the math of the economy to learn to made an informed decision instead of an uninformed, heart decision.  Lots of facts and details were included, but it lends authenticity to the book in that this was a real research topic for some graduate students.  It brings to life why the growers toil in poverty/low standard of living conditions.  And, it helps the reader understand free trade versus fair trade.

Thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishers for providing me a copy for a review in my own words.

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