Stretching across three centuries, from the start of the Civil War through Prohibition to today, Bitter Brew is the engrossing, often scandalous saga of one of the wealth- iest and most colorful dynasties in American commerce: the Busch family of St. Louis, Missouri, the founders of the legendary Anheuser-Busch company. The critically acclaimed journalist William Knoedelseder tells the story of how the Busch patriarchs turned a small brewery into a multibillion dollar international corporation and trans- formed their product, Budweiser, into the iconic "King of Beers." He paints a fascinating portrait of immense wealth and power accompanied by scandal, heartbreak, tragedy, and untimely death. A cautionary tale of prosperity, hubris, and loss, Bitter Brew is also a revealing chronicle of American progress and decline over the past 150 years.
It is the story of the creation and destruction of a business empire and a family, another case of pride before the fall. Read morePublished 27 days ago by VKL
Writer, former reporter and television producer, William Knoedelseder tells the story of the rise and fall of Anheuser-Busch. Read morePublished 1 month ago by P. Mulloy
You couldn't live in Saint Louis and not know Anheuser-Busch. As a St. Louis police officer I even worked part-time for them in many capacities. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dona Leigh Carroll
This was a great read. It was hard to put the book down as the cast of characters that this American Brewocracy has created is fascinating. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jeffrey J. Bonavita Jr
Great book!!!!!! Lots of history and facts I never knew or forgot all about. Quick read! Sad to see the family dynamics.Published 1 month ago by Kimberly Lane