Bitter Brew: The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America's Kings of Beer

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HarperCollins, Nov 6, 2012 - Business & Economics - 416 pages
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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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Review: Bitter Brew: The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America's Kings of Beer

User Review  - Natalia - Goodreads

Anheuser-Busch casts a big shadow over St Louis, so it was interesting to read about the history of the Busch family. The first half of the book read like great narrative history. I really enjoyed the ... Read full review

Review: Bitter Brew: The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America's Kings of Beer

User Review  - Goodreads

Anheuser-Busch casts a big shadow over St Louis, so it was interesting to read about the history of the Busch family. The first half of the book read like great narrative history. I really enjoyed the ... Read full review

About the author (2012)

William Knoedelseder was a longtime reporter for the Los Angeles Times, and he 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 Stand-Up Comedy's Golden Era. He lives in Woodland Hills, California.

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