While books about whiskey abound in the marketplace, worthwhile general-issue books focusing on Rum are comparatively rare. We recommend these books, all published within the last decade. Each in their own unique way brings to light Rum as both a potable of genuine historical importance and a contemporary lubricant of estimable value in cocktails, classic and new.
- Published in 2003 (Wine Appreciation Guild, 2003; San Francisco, CA), RUM by British spirits journalist Dave Broom with stunning photographs by Jason Lowe is a loving nation-by-nation exposé on Rum production, drinking traditions and style. Broom critiques scores of popular Rums in a useful directory.
- Award-winning writer Wayne Curtis is the author of And a Bottle of Rum – A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails (Crown Publishers, 2006). This is a well-written account of how the planting of sugarcane in the New World territories brought about a surplus of molasses and the eventual production of Rum in New England. Curtis cleverly utilizes the tool of Rum cocktails to thread the storyline together, making for entertaining reading.
- As one of the latest books in the Edible series by Reaktion Books (2012; London, England), Rum: A Global History by Richard Foss provides a concise (140 pages) report on Rum historical facts, its legacy as a trigger to the Temperance movement in the nineteenth century, and predictions of where Rum is heading as a distilled libation.
- Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba by Tom Gjelten (Penguin Group, 2008; New York, NY) chronicles the story of five generations of the Bacardi family as they leave Cuba following the overthrow of the Batista dictatorship by Fidel Castro. The intriguing saga of how they rebuilt their Rum business into the mega-success it is today.
- The Rum Diary: A Novel by Hunter S. Thompson (1959) is Thompson’s memorable novel of lechery, drinking, and personal upheaval in San Juan, Puerto Rico as the 1950s were coming to a rocky close for the author. Made into a film starring Johnny Depp.