Bitter Brew: The Rise And Fall Of Anheuser-Busch And America's Kings Of Beer

Paperback | January 7, 2014

byWilliam Knoedelseder

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“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.

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“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 SunThe creators of Budweiser and Michelob beers, the Anheuser-Busch company is one of the wealthiest,...

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Stretching across three centuries, from the start of the Civil War through Prohibition to today, Bitter Brew is the engrossing, often scandalous saga of one of the wealth- iest and most colorful dynasties in American commerce: the Busch family of St. Louis, Missouri, the founders of the legendary Anheuser-Busch company. The critically ...

William Knoedelseder was a longtime reporter for theLos Angeles Times, and he has been a television news executive for Knight Ridder, Fox, and the USA Network. His books includeStiffed: A True Story of MCA, the Music Business, and the Mafia, andI'm Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Stand-Up Comedy's Golden Era. He lives in Wo...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.94 inPublished:January 7, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062009273

ISBN - 13:9780062009272

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A compelling but cautionary story. This is not a book I would typically read but my husband loved it so I thought I'd give it a go. I was pleasantly surprised. It's an interesting read about a family dynasty and how it is difficult to pass along/teach the types of skills required to succeed in business. It is a compelling story and a cautionary tale about handing over the family business to a generation not equipped to handle the responsibility. In away, it is also a tale of parenting and how some children respond to a challenge and how others crack.
Date published: 2013-01-08

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“[An] engaging narrative.”