JOHN TULLY'S new book on rubber, The Devil's Milk
, is part of a relatively recent trend: tracing the history surrounding a commodity.
"The Devil's Milk
: A Social History of Rubber" is a look at this sad history of rubber, which has called torment and trouble for the working class everywhere it has been needed throughout history.
The powers that be would appear to have decided that this five-star establishment, which serves the best heart attack breakfast in the Middle East, should no longer be allowed to serve you with a pint of the devil's milk
with your bacon and eggs because it is part of a two-star hotel.
Jane, 49, is concerned about those who abstain from imbibing the Devil's milk
. She knows from experience.
The Devil's Milk
is staggeringly put together, part political reckoning and part anthropological magnification; and Tully does not once neuter class analysis for the sake of narrative directness.