With a cast of characters that wouldnt be out of place in a Victorian novel, Chocolate Wars tells the story of the great chocolatier dynasties, through the prism of the Cadburys. Chocolate was consumed unrefined and unprocessed as a rather bitter, fatty drink for the wealthy elite until the late 19th century, when the Swiss discovered a way to blend it with milk and unleashed a product that would conquer every market in the world.
Thereafter, one of the great global business rivalries unfolded as each chocolate maker attempted to dominate its domestic market and innovate new recipes for chocolate that would set it apart from its rivals. The contest was full of dramatic contradictions: The Cadburys were austere Quakers who found themselves making millions from an indulgent product; Kitty Hershey could hardly have been more flamboyant yet her husband was moved by the Cadburys tradition of philanthropy. Each was a product of their unique time and place yet they shared one thing: they want to make the best chocolate in the world.
©2010 Deborah Cadbury (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
"This tale of capitalist rivalry mixed with Quaker values makes for a very sweet journey." (Booklist)
I love history and I love food, so I thought this would be a great book about the history & production of chocolate. I also hoped to gain insight of the history of the great chocolate companies, their products and their fight for the world market.
Unfortunately, this booked constantly came back to the Cadbury family time and time and time again. It was a book about the Cadbury family that mentioned the other great chocolate companies so very little.
It was a slow read, and I did not learn all that much.
Sorry, but I was disappointed.
I picked up this book primarily because I wanted to learn about an industry I knew nothing about. I learned a ton about the chocolate industry that I never knew. The book is entertaining at times and not at other times, but it's a great business book in general.
Cadbury provides listeners here a view of the history of and competition between Cadbury, Mars, Hershey, and Nestlé - hence the "Chocolate Wars." Covering about 150 years of history, Cadburry engages the listener in stories, analysis, and presentation of historical context surrounding the chocolate confection industry. I approached this book to learn about the industry and I certainly found it a sweet read. Most interesting to me were sections on the work of both Cadbury and Hershey in preparing and providing for their employees. Sections dealing with Cadbury and the slave trade were revealing as were sections detailing how the Quaker Religion influenced Cadbury and the family as they adapted to the industrial age. This is an interesting book worthy of every listener's time. The reading of Deborah Cadbury is excellent.
I have listened to this book more then any other book in my life. I am a chocolate lover and history buff and this book has so much to it and all told from and by a Cadbury. Deborah Cadbury did such an amazing job on this book. No only will it give you the history of chocolate from the start of cadbury it brings you right up to date to when cadury was sold to Kraft. So much history and such a well thought out book.
all of them as this is a history of the chocolate world and the industry so many of us love.
Yes, because unlike so many other audible books this one was written and is being told you by a Cadbury. Deborah also has an amazing voice and tells you not only her families history but her countries history from the start of the cocoa bean in the UK to the land of chocolate in Swiss and across the Pond to chocolate town and the from Chicago to NJ and the Mars family to the company that would take her families business away Kraft.
Chocolate wars history of an Industry
Even for some strange reason your not a chocolate lover but want to know some if the vast history of the UK or the Mars family or Milton Hershey or even Industry as a whole you will love this book. Plus Deborah has an amazing British Voice with such passion on this subject you will love this book. This is my go to book when I am in between things to listen to. Just love it
This is a fabulous book and well worth the listen to.... did not want it to end. Deborah Cadbury does a great job on the history of her family from the first days of experimenting with cocoa and then chocolate production and brings it right through to the modern day until they were bouht out by Nestle (the bad guys.!) This book has elements of history, science, technology, business, marketing, and religious history (Quaker history) all very well woven together. It really shows how the ethics in business nowadays has gone downhill and bows only to the bottom line in profits and does not take into account workers at all. Deborah Cadbury does a grea job in narration, I don't always like a woman narrating but the softness of her voice and the English accent is not too pronounced (excuse the pun). This is the best book I have read (you know what I mean) in a long time and I would highly recommend it to any ex-pat like myself as we have grown up with the brands she discusses with their history and development. There is even significant discussion of the development of the American chocolate market of Hershey's and Mars so very, very pertinent. Super Work!
This particular book brought together two things that I independently am interested in--chocolate and business. Unfortunately, this is a case of two great tastes that don't go that well together. The book is slow, and while there are interesting factoids, I feel like the wikipedia information on the subject is probably at least as well written and as interesting. I would not buy it again.
Should be titled "The Wonderful Cadbury's". If ever a book could benefit from being abridged, this is it. I couldn't get through the whole book.
In intriguing tale of trial and error, and enterprenurial competition. Unfortunately it is read by the author. She is not a gifted reader. Very choppy and lacking plot, this book has potential as an historical reference. Otherwise, it is not engaging, nor compelling.
This is an interesting subject, and there is lots of detail, but the narrative is disconnected and fragmentary. It reads like a high school essay
I thought this book was very well written. The story is absorbing from start to finish. It is not so much about chocolate as it was about the Quaker business ways. I think after reading this most people would wish they worked for Cadbury's in their "Utopia" called "Bourneville". I grew up near Hershey, PA and Milton S. Hershey built the town on the Cadbury model.
After reading this I must say how sad the sale to Kraft actually is.
I highly recommend this read, chocaholic or not.
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