Under the Influence, New Edition of the Unauthorized Story of the Anheuser-Busch Dynasty Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B009VNAGHO
- Publisher : Terry Ganey and Peter Hernon; 2nd edition (October 22, 2012)
- Publication date : October 22, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 1307 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 592 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #864,894 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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"Under the Influence" tells all those stories, but also adds the context, historical background and color - based on thorough research and documentation - that makes the book the authoritative history of the world's biggest brewer and the family that founded, expanded and finally sold it.
Authors Terry Ganey and Peter Hernon - two of the best St. Louis Post-Dispatch journalists of their generation - wrote an authoritative, well-documented and highly readable history of the company and the Busch family in 1991. That book, which appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, pulled no punches. It was not authorized by the Busch family, which at times sought to block interviews.
This fall, Ganey and Hernon published a new version of the book, updated to reflect fascinating new information on events that have occurred since 1991, including the 2008 merger of Anheuser-Busch and the Belgium-based InBev conglomerate and the 2010 scandal of a model's death at the St. Louis home of the family's last beer king.
The new book also features fascinating revelations about the Busch dynasty that are based on recently-obtained documents and will be of special interest to readers interested in the company, the family, the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team (which the brewery once owned) and Missouri politics.
For example, the revised book reveals the federal investigation of Anheuser-Busch magnate August A. "Gussie" Busch Jr. during World War II because a relative was thought (incorrectly) to be a Nazi. It discusses the advice that former U.S. Sen. Thomas Eagleton offered to the brewery's top attorney about whether Gussie Busch should contest his ouster as head of the company.
And, helping to clear up a long-running controversy, the authors reveal the litany of complaints that appear to have led to the 1969 firing of popular Cardinals broadcaster Harry Caray, who went on to greater fame in Chicago as the play-by-play broadcaster for the White Sox and, later, the Chicago Cubs.
While "Under the Influence" is quite readable, it is a serious book - not just a collection of gossip about the dynasty's scandals. Later books about Anheuser-Busch often used this one as one of their sources. Like the first Budweiser beer, the book has aged well - and the new chapters and revelations should attract a new generation of readers.