A Full Cup by Michael D'Antonio
Sir Thomas Lipton's Extraordinary Life and His Quest for the America's Cup

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Today Lipton means tea. However, in his time Sir Thomas Lipton was known for much more than the Lipton tea empire. Raised in desperate poverty, he would build a global empire of markets, factories, plantations, and stockyards. But his epic pursuit of the America’s Cup—a yachting trophy and the ultimate in international sport—made him a beloved figure on both sides of the Atlantic.

More than a story of innovation and achievement, A Full Cup also explores Lipton’s most intriguing creation: his public persona, formed by a burgeoning mass media and a shameless self-promotion that made him one of the most recognizable figures of his time. Michael D’Antonio brings to life the surprising careers of this intrepid sailor, gregarious showman, and ingenious self-made millionaire—the world’s very first celebrity CEO.


About Michael D'Antonio

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As part of a team of journalists from Newsday, MICHAEL D’ANTONIO won the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting before writing many acclaimed books, including Atomic Harvest and The State Boys Rebellion. He has also written for Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, and Sports Illustrated. He lives in Miller Place, New York.
Published May 26, 2010 by Riverhead. 379 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, History, Sports & Outdoors, Travel. Non-fiction

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Sir Thomas Lipton prospered at everything he tried—until, at age 50,the non-sailor decided it was time to win the America's Cup.

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When Kaiser Wilhelm II was in a particularly waspish humor and wanted to denigrate his Uncle Bertie, King Edward VII, he would say of him that he goes sailing on his grocer's yacht. Since he was referring to the retail magnate and purveyor of tea Sir Thomas Lipton, one is tempted to say "some gro...

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