The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty

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An epic, scandal-plagued story of the immigrant family that built--and then spectacularly lost--a global wine empire

Set in California's lush Napa Valley and spanning four generations of a talented and visionary family, The House of Mondavi is a tale of genius, sibling rivalry, and betrayal. From 1906, when Italian immigrant Cesare Mondavi passed through Ellis Island, to the Robert Mondavi Corp.'s twenty-first-century battle over a billion-dollar fortune, award-winning journalist Julia Flynn brings to life both the place and the people in this riveting family drama.

The blood feuds are as spectacular as the business triumphs. Cesare's sons, Robert and Peter, literally came to blows in the 1960s during a dispute touched off by the purchase of a mink coat, resulting in Robert's exile from the family--and his subsequent founding of a winery that would set off a revolution in American winemaking. Robert's sons, Michael and Timothy, as passionate in their own ways as their visionary father, waged battle with each other for control of the company before Michael's expansive ambitions ultimately led to a board coup and the sale of the business to an international conglomerate.

A meticulously reported narrative based on thousands of hours of interviews, The House of Mondavi is bound to become a classic.

Product Details

Price
$18.00  $16.56
Publisher
Avery Publishing Group
Publish Date
May 01, 2008
Pages
452
Dimensions
5.98 X 1.0 X 9.04 inches | 1.11 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781592403677

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About the Author

Julia Flynn Siler is the New York Times bestselling author of The House of Mondavi. Her most recent book, Lost Kingdom: Hawaii's Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America's First Imperial Adventure, is a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller. An award-winning journalist, she lives in Northern California with her husband and two sons. Please visit juliaflynnsiler.com for more information.

Reviews

aCall it Greek tragedy or Shakespearean drama, Biblical strife, Freudian acting out, or even soap opera. . . . Compelling.a
aEric Asimov, "The New York Times"
aA fascinating chronicle . . . a twisted tale filled with big egos, beautiful backdrops, and charismatic-yet-flawed characters who pull off towering feats and then throw them all away.a
a"Business Week"
aA first-rate job of creating a balanced view of this epic A merican drama. . . . T he book reads like a novel and her crisp style makes the book compelling regardless of whether the reader has an interest in wine. . . . Itas a great summer read but it also belongs on the reference shelf of any wine library.a
a"Seattle Post aIntelligencer"
aExplores the Mondavisa bumpy journey in grand and fascinating detail. . . . Fluid and well-written.a
aJames Laube, "Wine Spectator"
aEpica a"U.S. News & World Report"
aA riveting story that is part soap opera, part Shakespearean family drama.a
aNPRas "Day to Day"
aBased on exhaustive research and interviews, each page is packed with facts and footnotes which, by dint of superb writing, manage to engage the reader and avoid the data brain-lock that would have plagued a less-talented journalist.a
a"Barronas"
?Call it Greek tragedy or Shakespearean drama, Biblical strife, Freudian acting out, or even soap opera. . . . Compelling.?
?Eric Asimov, "The New York Times"
?A fascinating chronicle . . . a twisted tale filled with big egos, beautiful backdrops, and charismatic-yet-flawed characters who pull off towering feats and then throw them all away.?
?"Business Week"
?A first-rate job of creating a balanced view of this epic A merican drama. . . . T he book reads like a novel and her crisp style makes the book compelling regardless of whether the reader has an interest in wine. . . . It's a great summer read but it also belongs on the reference shelf of any wine library.?
?"Seattle Post ?Intelligencer"
?Explores the Mondavis? bumpy journey in grand and fascinating detail. . . . Fluid and well-written.?
?James Laube, "Wine Spectator"
?Epic? ?"U.S. News & World Report"
?A riveting story that is part soap opera, part Shakespearean family dra