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Product Details

  • Series: Discovering America (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 156 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press (April 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292723822
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292723825
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the book: "The youthful public, polled in 2010, were woefully ignorant in thinking that Colonel Sanders was not a real person. Had he not been, the contrast between his identity and his image, his violent temper and hotblooded fits of anger, and the cool, dispassionate, and reckless way he and the company he founded were treated by the corporations for so many years would not be so poignant. The Colonel, whose ambition knew no bounds and whose stubborn, ineradicable sense of self survived even his own apotheosis, did, in fact live the American Dream. He transcended his own limitations and the conditions of his birth. But in retrospect, it was his greatest triumph, and his best legacy, that he didn't transcend them completely. He continues to represent a very real time, place, product, and person, and his icon is hollow without the man behind it." Review: "Food writer, Josh Ozersky has written a very good business book. He profiles the many colossal failures of the Kentucky Fried Chicken founder, Harlan Sanders, and the success he had at 65 creating KFC. It is a true life Death of a Salesman as Sanders works tirelessly to build something - anything that will raise him from his humble beginnings." - Julia McMichael, San Francisco Book Review

About the Author

Josh Ozersky is a James Beard Award–winning food writer and cultural historian, the author most recently of The Hamburger: A History. He writes on society and food for Time magazine and has written frequently for New York Magazine, the New York Times, Saveur, and numerous other publications. Among his other books are Archie Bunker's America: TV in an Era of Change, 1968–1978 and Meat Me in Manhattan: A Carnivore's Guide to Manhattan.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Guy on September 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This isn't really a book, it's more of a long form magazine article and not a very good one. Basically, you walk away understanding that Ozersky really likes fried chicken and has a great affinity for KFC. There's a loose biography here, but most of the book seems to focus on the mistreatment of KFC and Col. Sanders' legacy by various corporate interests.

This book is simply not worth the time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Josh Ozersky on May 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book is thoughtful, witty, and a compelling read. i didn't know much about colonel sanders and I didn't really think much about him besides him being a famous man in a funny suit. Ozersky's book told me not just about the Colonel but also about many other things that helped me understand the colonel, like chicken in southern culture, pressure cookers, corporate branding, and so much more. But the main thing is that it's written so well and so intelligently that I enjoyed reading about things I didn't think I would care about. I am going to read his other book about hamburgers next.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard on December 2, 2013
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This was a present for my autistic son, he told me he loved the story of the Colonel and how he worked hard to make his business successful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Albert Graham on February 1, 2013
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Very informative and entertaining! And to think its a real story to top it all off! Would highly recommend to everyone.
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