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The additive that flows under the radar

The most popular drug in America is a white powder. No, not that powder. This is caffeine in its most essential state, and Caffeinated reveals the little-known truth about this addictive, largely unregulated drug found in coffee, energy drinks, teas, colas, chocolate, and even pain relievers.

We’ll learn why caffeine has such a powerful effect on everything from boosting our mood to improving our athletic performance as well as how—and why—brands such as Coca-Cola have ducked regulatory efforts for decades. We learn the differences in the various ways caffeine is delivered to the body, how it is quietly used to reinforce our buying patterns, and how it can play a role in promoting surprising health problems like obesity and anxiety.

Drawing on the latest research, Caffeinated brings us the inside perspective on the additive that Salt Sugar Fat overlooked.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Caffeinated is a readable guide to this ubiquitous but misunderstood substance.”

    Concord Monitor

  • “The book is anything but preachy, yet along with acknowledging caffeine's benefits, Carpenter bluntly addresses its dangers, which can include anxiety, panic attacks, disrupted sleep and, if taken in large doses, even death. Caffeinated highlights not just the physiological downsides of caffeine but the problems that regulators face in trying to curb what he calls ‘an industry running wild.’”

    Scientific American

  • “Carpenter's entertaining narrative dissects caffeine's circuitous route into consumer culture and its tenacious hold on the human mind and body.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Caffeinated offers a fascinating, often disturbing look at America's favorite recreational drug. The book is another reminder that some people will do just about anything to make money--at the expense of our health.”

    Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation

  • Caffeinated is the entertaining, sweeping, well-researched saga of the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive drug and its various delivery systems, from coffee and Coca-Cola to chocolate and energy drinks. Murray Carpenter, himself a happy addict, covers the caffeinated waterfront.”

    Mark Pendergrast, author of For God, Country and Coca-Cola

  • “I’m not sure if Murray Carpenter's splendid book, Caffeinated, will lead you to drink more coffee, or less. But it will certainly make you think about your next cup of joe (or tea or Red Bull) in new and startling ways. Carpenter makes a mighty mountain out of a milligram, weaving together a story of history, science, lore and slick marketing in ways that offer surprising vistas at every turn.”

    Wayne Curtis, author of And a Bottle of Rum

  • “I don’t even drink coffee, but I found Caffeinated enlivening, with just the right overtones of sweet and bitter. Weaving together history, law and science, Carpenter makes a compelling case that most of us are addicted to a brilliantly marketed drug disguised as a mellow morning ritual. Fascinating, disturbing, to be savored.”

    Florence Williams, author of Breasts

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