I just finished reading Charlie Bamforth's book on kindle. I fund it entertaining, and fairly informative. Not a lot on the history of beer, but more on the history of the modern breweries, and how it affects our modern society. It's not a how to on brewing, no recipes, and it's not an infomercial for any one company. (Although Mr. Bamforth did work for Bass, and was endowed by Anheuser/Busch) I enjoyed the book. Take it for what its worth.