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"If ever there was a guide to go through in the organization of a nice cuppa, this is it." -The Washington Publish In the dramatic story of one particular of the greatest acts of corporate espionage ever committed, Sarah Rose recounts the fascinating, unlikely situations surrounding a turning point in economic history. By the middle of the nineteenth century, the British East India Organization faced the loss of its monopoly on the fantastically lucrative tea trade with China, forcing it to make the drastic determination of sending Scottish botanist Robert Fortune to steal the crop from deep inside China and bring it back to British plantations in India. Fortune's danger-filled odyssey, magnificently recounted here, reads like journey fiction, revealing a long-forgotten chapter of the previous and the wondrous origins of a seemingly ordinary beverage.
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