Bitter Brew by William Knoedelseder
The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America's Kings of Beer

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This is a lurid, fascinating tale...thanks to its factual grounding and the significance of its subject—a family business that managed to dominate an industry but could not gets its own dysfunction under control.
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Synopsis

“Bitter Brew deftly chronicles the contentious succession of kings in a uniquely American dynasty. You’ll never crack open a six again without thinking of this book.”
—John Sayles, Director of Eight Men Out and author of A Moment in the Sun

The creators of Budweiser and Michelob beers, the Anheuser-Busch company is one of the wealthiest, most colorful and enduring family dynasties in the history of American commerce. In Bitter Brew, critically acclaimed journalist William Knoedelseder tells the riveting, often scandalous saga of the rise and fall of the dysfunctional Busch family—an epic tale of prosperity, profligacy, hubris, and the dark consequences of success that spans three centuries, from the open salvos of the Civil War to the present day.

 

About William Knoedelseder

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William Knoedelseder was a longtime reporter for the Los Angeles Times, and has been a television news executive for Knight Ridder, Fox, and the USA Network. His books include Stiffed: A True Story of MCA, the Music Business, and the Mafia, and I'm Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Standup Comedy's Golden Era, which has been optioned for film by actor Jim Carrey. He lives in Woodland Hills, California.
 
Published November 6, 2012 by HarperBusiness. 411 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, History, Cooking. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on Sep 27 2012

An engrossing behind-the-scenes look at one of America's most successful and familiar brands.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Oct 22 2012

This thoroughly researched and thoughtfully written book takes a look at one of the great American family and business sagas...

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Excellent
Reviewed by Leslie Wright on Nov 11 2012

A marvelous book for the library, this would also make a great reading club or discussion group addition. It is full of heart and feelings as well as the ending of a Golden Age.

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Good
Reviewed by Roger Lowenstein on Jan 17 2013

This is a lurid, fascinating tale...thanks to its factual grounding and the significance of its subject—a family business that managed to dominate an industry but could not gets its own dysfunction under control.

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