Napa: The Story of an American Eden

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2002 - Business & Economics - 560 pages
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James Conaway's remarkable bestseller delves into the heart of California's lush and verdant Napa Valley, also known as America's Eden. Long the source of succulent grapes and singular wines, this region is also the setting for the remarkable true saga of the personalities behind the winemaking empires. This is the story of Gallos and Mondavis, of fortunes made and lost, of dynasties and destinies. In this delightful, full-bodied social history, James Conaway charts the rise of a new aristocracy and, in so doing, chronicles the collective ripening of the American dream. More than a wine book, Napa is a must-read for anyone interested in our country's obsession with money, land, power, and prestige.

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User Review  - Ruth - Goodreads

This brings together many different concerns with the growing winery industry, old time farmers, new industrialists, politicians, farm labor, etc. the author did seem like a journalist of the old type, not showing his opinions. Read full review

Review: Napa: The Story of an American Eden

User Review  - Rich - Goodreads

Unsurprisingly, alcohol and huge egos don't always mix. This enjoyable and informative history of the Napa Valley does a great job of telling the stories of wineries and the people who own and run ... Read full review


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James Conaway, the author of nine previous books, is a contributing editor for Preservation and a regular contributor to Smithsonian, National Geographic Traveler, and Food & Wine magazines, among many others.

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