Chocolate Wars by Deborah Cadbury
The 150-Year Rivalry Between the World's Greatest Chocolate Makers

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The story is provocative, a fine business history that puts morality beside profits. And, yes, it is — I have to say this–a delicious read.
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With a cast of characters that wouldn’t be out of place in a Victorian novel, Chocolate Wars tells the story of the great chocolatier dynasties, through the prism of the Cadburys. Chocolate was consumed unrefined and unprocessed as a rather bitter, fatty drink for the wealthy elite until the late 19th century, when the Swiss discovered a way to blend it with milk and unleashed a product that would conquer every market in the world.

Thereafter, one of the great global business rivalries unfolded as each chocolate maker attempted to dominate its domestic market and innovate new recipes for chocolate that would set it apart from its rivals. The contest was full of dramatic contradictions: The Cadburys were austere Quakers who found themselves making millions from an indulgent product; Kitty Hershey could hardly have been more flamboyant yet her husband was moved by the Cadburys tradition of philanthropy. Each was a product of their unique time and place yet they shared one thing: they want to make the best chocolate in the world.

 

About Deborah Cadbury

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Deborah Cadbury is the highly acclaimed author of several books, including "Dreams of Iron and Steel, The Lost King of France, " and "Terrible Lizard". She has also won numerous international awards as a television producer for the BBC. She lives in London.
 
Published October 19, 2010 by PublicAffairs. 386 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Cooking, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Andrew Allentuck on Nov 26 2010

The story is provocative, a fine business history that puts morality beside profits. And, yes, it is — I have to say this–a delicious read.

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