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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762779268
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762779260
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Until 2011, Mark Spivak hosted a weekly show call Uncorked! on WXEL-FM, the NPR affiliate for the Palm Beaches and South Florida. He is also the Wine and Spirits Editor for the Palm Beach Media Group, and his website, Spivak On Wine, features winery profiles, reviews of restaurants in the U.S. and abroad, and reviews of wines and spirits ranging from selections to collectibles. He has written for National Geographic Traveler, The Robb Report, Art & Antiques, Newsmax, Men’s Journal, Private Clubs, and the Continental and Ritz-Carlton magazines. In addition, he holds the Certificate and Advanced Diplomas from the Court of Master Sommeliers. His running commentary on the world of food, wine, and spirits is available at the Global Gourmet blog on www.palmbeachillustrated.com.


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Mark Spivak is an award-winning writer specializing in wine, spirits, food, restaurants, and culinary travel. He was the wine writer for the Palm Beach Post from 1994-1999, and was honored by the Academy of Wine Communications for excellence in wine coverage "in a graceful and approachable style." Since 2001 he has been the Wine and Spirits Editor for the Palm Beach Media Group, as well as the restaurant critic for Palm Beach Illustrated. His work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Robb Report, Art & Antiques, Men's Journal, the Continental and Ritz-Carlton magazines, Arizona Highways, and Newsmax. A broadcaster for many years, he is currently working with Matrix Media to host Quench!, a weekly podcast that reveals the untold stories behind everyone's favorite alcoholic beverages, available on iTunes and at webtalkradio.net

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Loved the unique take on this book.
kathy casey
If you are a history buff or like true stories of self-made businessmen, this is the book for you.
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I received a free copy of this book from the author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stacie Gorkow on January 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover
ICONIC SPIRITS is not my usual type of book, but the history of spirits and their creators intrigued me. My husband has been having fun creating cocktails and trying out different drinks and I thought this book would appeal to both of us. The cocktail culture has exploded over the last several years with restaurants selling high dollar cocktails and drink menus pages long. Men and women are putting bars in their homes and making their own wines and beer. The cocktail culture is strong and growing.

I have to admit that some of the spirits mentioned in the book were ones I had never heard of. But the evolution of how drinks were made was quite interesting. Having toured wineries in California, I am familiar with the distilling process and was surprised at the levels of flavors and length of time some of the spirits need to evolve before being bottled. Patience is definitely a virtue with a lot of these businessmen.

Nearly each one of the creators came from meager beginnings and just had an idea. Each of them had a strong determination to make their dream a reality and fought through prohibition, wars, bad economies, and clearly came out ahead...most living as millionaires.

I think my favorite story came from Jean Paul DeJoria. In 2010, he was 66th on the list of Forbes 400th wealthiest Americans. DeJoria is the cofounder of John Paul Mitchell Systems (hair care products) and surprisingly, also of Patron Tequila. He grew up in a foster home, joined the Navy, became homeless and was a single dad. He sold Coke bottles to buy food and eventually got a job at Redken Laboratories. That led him and a friend to create John Paul Mitchell Systems. Then one day, drinking with another friend, he was given tequila in beautiful hand blown bottles from Mexico.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ken Schechet on November 30, 2012
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I could not put this book down. It cost me a night's sleep. It's a fascinating, wonderfully written history of a dozen spirits and of the spirits industry. But it also chronicles spirits influence on both mainstream history and current pop culture. Who knew that the British Empire almost fell because a significant percent of its population was constantly drunk on gin, or that the first NASCAR drivers were former moonshine runners, or that some people successfully decide what you will spend lots of money on and then create it? You couldn't make this stuff up. What a wonderful read for you or a gift for others. Even teetotalers would love these stories.
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By shari gherman on April 25, 2014
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When I saw Mark Spivak wrote a book on Spirits, I thought, "what does this wine geek know about that subject"? And then, "why would I find that interesting"? But because I had heard him on his radio show "Uncorked" many times and found him so interesting and informative, I thought I need to read this book. I'm glad I did. Not only has Mr. Spivak done his research to get the real inside information on virtually every spirit known to mankind and how they came to be, but he tells fascinating stories that I, also a wine geek, found incredibly entertaining and humorous. While I may not agree to "always be drunk" (not his words but those from a poem he quotes by the "poster boy for the bohemian lifestyle"), some of my favorite parts of the book are the many, many recipes for every type of spirit. Great stories, great pictures, great recipes. I highly recommend Iconic Spirits.
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In ICONIC SPIRITS: AN INTOXICATING HISTORY, Mark Spivak serves up a wonderful "cocktail" of politics and pop culture, liquor and lore - with a twist-- expertly debunking myths and bringing legends to life. The storytelling is sublime as are the classic recipes that round out this fun and interesting tome. I particularly loved learning about the "Doctrine of Dewarism" and how the Juniper Berry almost took down the British Empire.

I highly recommend the book -- wrap it up with your favorite bottle and give it as a gift to the consummate entertainer, spirits connoisseur or history buff in your life. They will love it!
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By Shalah A. Smith on February 17, 2014
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The stories behind the names, very entertaining. I am going to buy several copies as gifts...he is much more than just a wine guy!
Shalah Smith
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Loved the unique take on this book. Anyone who's into cocktails and spirits will enjoy reading this. The author also has a great pod cast series.
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By Daphne N. on June 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I originally picked up this book for research, but I found myself drawn in by the narrative. It is obvious Mr. Spivak has done an incredible amount of research in the compilation of this "intoxicating history." His writing style is fluid with a bit of a bite in places, and the information he has gathered is comprehensive and intriguing. There are many "I didn't know that!" moments. For example, London's Gin Craze, circa the eighteenth century, was a dark period when 15 percent of the city's population was addicted to the spirit to such a degree that prostitution, disease, rape, and murder had become everyday occurrences. And I loved his wry comparison of absinthe to the apple in the Garden of Eden. Very, very well done. I recommend it to anyone interested in history and culture--whether they are drinkers or not.
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