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

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

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by Julia Flynn Siler
     
 

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The New York Times bestseller, now in paperback: a scandal-plagued story of the immigrant family that built—and then 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, whenSee more details below

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The New York Times bestseller, now in paperback: a scandal-plagued story of the immigrant family that built—and then 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 Siler brings to life both the place and the people in this riveting family drama. A meticulously reported narrative based on more than five hundred hours of interviews, The House of Mondavi is a modern classic.

Editorial Reviews

Eric Asimov
Call it Greek tragedy or Shakespearean drama, Biblical strife, Freudian acting out, or even soap opera. . . . Compelling. (Eric Asimov, The New York Times)
BusinessWeek
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.
Seattle PostIntelligencer
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.
James Laube
Explores the Mondavis' bumpy journey in grand and fascinating detail. . . . Fluid and well-written.
Wine Spectator
NPR Day to Day
A riveting story that is part soap opera, part Shakespearean family drama.
Barrons
Based 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.
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"A fascinating history filled with charismatic yet flawed characters." —BusinessWeek

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101216934
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/19/2007
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
187,529
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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"A fascinating history filled with charismatic yet flawed characters." —-BusinessWeek

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