How bourbon came to be, and why it's experiencing such a revival today.
Unraveling the many myths and misconceptions surrounding America's most iconic spirit, Bourbon Empire traces a history that spans frontier rebellion, Gilded Age corruption, and the magic of Madison Avenue. Whiskey has profoundly influenced America's political, economic, and cultural destiny, just as those same factors have inspired the evolution and unique flavor of the whiskey itself.
Taking listeners behind the curtain of an enchanting - and sometimes exasperating - industry, the work of writer Reid Mitenbuler crackles with attitude and commentary about taste, choice, and history. Few products better embody the United States, or American business, than bourbon.
A tale of innovation, success, downfall, and resurrection, Bourbon Empire is an exploration of the spirit in all its unique forms, creating an indelible portrait of both bourbon and the people who make it.
©2015 Reid Mitenbuler (P)2015 Recorded Books
If you have any interest in bourbon, this book will elevate it exponentially. Even if you feel like you know a lot about bourbon and/or distilleries, you will discover more about the rich history and big stories that have created the bourbon we love today.
I have spent the last seven years exploring the Bourbon Trail, meandering country roads at Loretto, and dodging traffic in Louisville to get the "flavor" of bourbon. I would recommend to anyone about to start that journey today, that they read Bourbon Empire first. Kind of like knowing that "first downs are good" for the first time football watcher, this book will give the hints on how to enjoy and indeed anticipate the experience for the first time. Now that I have read the book, I am going to travel The Bourbon Trail again.
I knew very little about the history of bourbon and other spirits in the U.S. This book captured the essence of the important milestones as the whiskey industry grew and as we grew as a nation. I highly recommend this book to people who love American history and a shot of bourbon. And the narration was phenomenal.
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