Napa: The Story of an American Eden

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Oct 24, 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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Less than 30 years ago, oak trees claimed more Napa Valley soil than grapevines. A few winemakers who had held on through Prohibition and some newcomers, deemed eccentric by most, had great faith in ... Read full review

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A fascinating read about this history of the wine industry in California. A great book to give the wine-lover in your life. Read full review


I Terra Incognita
II Leviathan
III As Good As the Best
IV Deluge
V In the Eye of the Beholder
VI Noahs Children
VII The Tragedy of the Commons
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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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