Wine and War Book
Score: 4
From 14 Ratings

Wine and War


  • Author : Donald Kladstrup
  • Publisher : Crown
  • Release Date : 2002-06-18
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780767913256

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Wine and War Excerpt :

The remarkable untold story of France’s courageous, clever vinters who protected and rescued the country’s most treasured commodity from German plunder during World War II. "To be a Frenchman means to fight for your country and its wine." –Claude Terrail, owner, Restaurant La Tour d’Argent In 1940, France fell to the Nazis and almost immediately the German army began a campaign of pillaging one of the assets the French hold most dear: their wine. Like others in the French Resistance, winemakers mobilized to oppose their occupiers, but the tale of their extraordinary efforts has remained largely unknown–until now. This is the thrilling and harrowing story of the French wine producers who undertook ingenious, daring measures to save their cherished crops and bottles as the Germans closed in on them. Wine and War illuminates a compelling, little-known chapter of history, and stands as a tribute to extraordinary individuals who waged a battle that, in a very real way, saved the spirit of France.

Wine and War Book
Score: 4
From 11 Ratings

Wine and War


  • Author : Donald Kladstrup
  • Publisher : Crown
  • Release Date : 2002-04-30
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 306
  • ISBN 10 : 9780767904483

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Wine and War Excerpt :

The remarkable untold story of France’s courageous, clever vinters who protected and rescued the country’s most treasured commodity from German plunder during World War II. "To be a Frenchman means to fight for your country and its wine." –Claude Terrail, owner, Restaurant La Tour d’Argent In 1940, France fell to the Nazis and almost immediately the German army began a campaign of pillaging one of the assets the French hold most dear: their wine. Like others in the French Resistance, winemakers mobilized to oppose their occupiers, but the tale of their extraordinary efforts has remained largely unknown–until now. This is the thrilling and harrowing story of the French wine producers who undertook ingenious, daring measures to save their cherished crops and bottles as the Germans closed in on them. Wine and War illuminates a compelling, little-known chapter of history, and stands as a tribute to extraordinary individuals who waged a battle that, in a very real way, saved the spirit of France.

Wine and War Book
Score: 4
From 11 Ratings

Wine and War


  • Author : Donald & Petie Kladstrup
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release Date : 2011-09-01
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9781444717570

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Wine and War Excerpt :

In the vineyards, wine caves, and cellars of France as war and occupation came to the country winemakers acted heroically not only to save the best wines but to defend their way of life. These are the true stories of vignerons who sheltered Jewish refugees in their cellars and of winemakers who risked their lives to aid the resistance. They made chemicals in secret laboratories to fuel the resistance and fled from the Gestapo when arrests became imminent. There were treacheries too, as some of the nation's winemakers supported the Vichy regime or the Germans themselves and collaborated. Donald Kladstrup is a retired American network correspondent. He and his wife Petie have accumulated these fascinating stories, told with the pace and action that will fascinate fiction and non-fiction readers alike.

War  Wine  and Taxes Book

War Wine and Taxes


  • Author : John V. C. Nye
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2018-06-26
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 174
  • ISBN 10 : 9780691190495

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War Wine and Taxes Excerpt :

In War, Wine, and Taxes, John Nye debunks the myth that Britain was a free-trade nation during and after the industrial revolution, by revealing how the British used tariffs—notably on French wine—as a mercantilist tool to politically weaken France and to respond to pressure from local brewers and others. The book reveals that Britain did not transform smoothly from a mercantilist state in the eighteenth century to a bastion of free trade in the late nineteenth. This boldly revisionist account gives the first satisfactory explanation of Britain's transformation from a minor power to the dominant nation in Europe. It also shows how Britain and France negotiated the critical trade treaty of 1860 that opened wide the European markets in the decades before World War I. Going back to the seventeenth century and examining the peculiar history of Anglo-French military and commercial rivalry, Nye helps us understand why the British drink beer not wine, why the Portuguese sold liquor almost exclusively to Britain, and how liberal, eighteenth-century Britain managed to raise taxes at an unprecedented rate—with government revenues growing five times faster than the gross national product. War, Wine, and Taxes stands in stark contrast to standard interpretations of the role tariffs played in the economic development of Britain and France, and sheds valuable new light on the joint role of commercial and fiscal policy in the rise of the modern state.

Judgment of Paris Book
Score: 3.5
From 3 Ratings

Judgment of Paris


  • Author : George M. Taber
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2006-11-21
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 353
  • ISBN 10 : 9780743297325

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Judgment of Paris Excerpt :

Looks at an event held in 1976 in which French judges, during a blind taste-test, chose unknown California wines to be superior to France's best wines. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.

When Champagne Became French Book

When Champagne Became French


  • Author : Kolleen M. Guy
  • Publisher : JHU Press
  • Release Date : 2007-09
  • Genre: Cooking
  • Pages : 284
  • ISBN 10 : 080188747X

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When Champagne Became French Excerpt :

This work explains how nationhood emerges by viewing countries as cultural artifacts, a product of "invented traditions." In the case of France, scholars disagree, not only over the nature of French national identity but also over the extent to which diverse and sometimes hostile provincial communities became integrated into the nation. The author offers a new perspective by looking at one of the central elements in French national culture -- luxury wine -- and the rural communities that profited from its production

Fish Heads  Rice  Rice Wine and War Book

Fish Heads Rice Rice Wine and War


  • Author : Tom Smith
  • Publisher : Durban House Publishing Company Incorporated
  • Release Date : 2002
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 260
  • ISBN 10 : 1930754264

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Fish Heads Rice Rice Wine and War Excerpt :

Allows the reader to go inside the Vietnam conflict where even in the midst of deplorable conditions when carrying out an undefined combat mission, the Americans--by their very nature--are fun-loving and compassionate people.

Champagne Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Champagne


  • Author : Don Kladstrup
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release Date : 2006
  • Genre: Champagne (Wine)
  • Pages : 286
  • ISBN 10 : 0470027827

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Champagne Excerpt :

Journalists Don and Petie Kladstrup show how this sparkling wine, born of bloodshed, became a symbol of glamour, good times, and celebration. It's a story filled with larger-than-life characters: Dom Pérignon, the father of champagne, who, contrary to popular belief, worked his entire life to keep bubbles out of champagne; the Sun King, Louis XIV, who rarely drank anything but; and Charles-Camille Heidsieck, known as "Champagne Charlie," who popularized champagne in America and ended up being imprisoned as a spy during the Civil War. World War I would be Champagne's greatest test of all, a four-year nightmare in which German bombardment drove thousands of people underground to seek refuge in the huge cellars of the champagne houses, where among the bottles you would find schools, hospitals, shops, municipal offices, and troops.--From publisher description.

The War on Alcohol  Prohibition and the Rise of the American State Book

The War on Alcohol Prohibition and the Rise of the American State


  • Author : Lisa McGirr
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2015-11-30
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9780393248791

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The War on Alcohol Prohibition and the Rise of the American State Excerpt :

“[This] fine history of Prohibition . . . could have a major impact on how we read American political history.”—James A. Morone, New York Times Book Review Prohibition has long been portrayed as a “noble experiment” that failed, a newsreel story of glamorous gangsters, flappers, and speakeasies. Now at last Lisa McGirr dismantles this cherished myth to reveal a much more significant history. Prohibition was the seedbed for a pivotal expansion of the federal government, the genesis of our contemporary penal state. Her deeply researched, eye-opening account uncovers patterns of enforcement still familiar today: the war on alcohol was waged disproportionately in African American, immigrant, and poor white communities. Alongside Jim Crow and other discriminatory laws, Prohibition brought coercion into everyday life and even into private homes. Its targets coalesced into an electoral base of urban, working-class voters that propelled FDR to the White House. This outstanding history also reveals a new genome for the activist American state, one that shows the DNA of the right as well as the left. It was Herbert Hoover who built the extensive penal apparatus used by the federal government to combat the crime spawned by Prohibition. The subsequent federal wars on crime, on drugs, and on terror all display the inheritances of the war on alcohol. McGirr shows the powerful American state to be a bipartisan creation, a legacy not only of the New Deal and the Great Society but also of Prohibition and its progeny. The War on Alcohol is history at its best—original, authoritative, and illuminating of our past and its continuing presence today.

Passions Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Passions


  • Author : James M. Gabler
  • Publisher : Bacchus Press Ltd.
  • Release Date : 1995
  • Genre: Cooking
  • Pages : 344
  • ISBN 10 : 0961352531

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Passions Excerpt :

This is a biography of Thomas Jefferson at leisure, enjoying two of his passions--wine and travel. Twelve of the sixteen chapters cover Jefferson's five years in France where he served as our minister and traveled through France, England, Germany, Italy and Holland. "Passions" was selected by Robert M. Parker, Jr. as "1995 Wine Book of the Year," and was the winner of the 1995 "Veuve Clicquot Wine Book of the Year" competition. It is a marvelous account of America's first wine connoisseur and gourmet.--Amazon.com.

Ancient Wine Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

Ancient Wine


  • Author : Patrick E. McGovern
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2019-10
  • Genre: Cooking
  • Pages : 456
  • ISBN 10 : 9780691197203

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Ancient Wine Excerpt :

Stone age wine -- The Noah hypothesis -- The archaeological and chemical hunt for the earliest wine -- Neolithic wine! -- Wine of the earliest pharaohs -- Wine of Egypt's golden age -- Wine of the world's first cities -- Wine and the great empires of the ancient Near East -- The Holy Land's bounty -- Lands of Dionysos : Greece and western Anatolia -- A beverage for King Midas and at the limits of the civilized world -- Molecular archaeology, wine, and a view to the future.

The Blood of the Colony Book

The Blood of the Colony


  • Author : Owen White
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Release Date : 2021-01-12
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 337
  • ISBN 10 : 9780674248441

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The Blood of the Colony Excerpt :

The surprising story of the wine industry’s role in the rise of French Algeria and the fall of empire. “We owe to wine a blessing far more precious than gold: the peopling of Algeria with Frenchmen,” stated agriculturist Pierre Berthault in the early 1930s. In the last decades of the nineteenth century, Europeans had displaced Algerians from the colony’s best agricultural land and planted grapevines. Soon enough, wine was the primary export of a region whose mostly Muslim inhabitants didn’t drink alcohol. Settlers made fortunes while drawing large numbers of Algerians into salaried work for the first time. But the success of Algerian wine resulted in friction with French producers, challenging the traditional view that imperial possessions should complement, not compete with, the metropole. By the middle of the twentieth century, amid the fight for independence, Algerians had come to see the rows of vines as an especially hated symbol of French domination. After the war, Algerians had to decide how far they would go to undo the transformations the colonists had wrought—including the world’s fourth-biggest wine industry. Owen White examines Algeria’s experiment with nationalized wine production in worker-run vineyards, the pressures that resulted in the failure of that experiment, and the eventual uprooting of most of the country’s vines. With a special focus on individual experiences of empire, from the wealthiest Europeans to the poorest laborers in the fields, The Blood of the Colony shows the central role of wine in the economic life of French Algeria and in its settler culture. White makes clear that the industry left a long-term mark on the development of the nation.

Red  White  and Drunk All Over Book
Score: 4
From 8 Ratings

Red White and Drunk All Over


  • Author : Natalie MacLean
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Release Date : 2010-12-15
  • Genre: Cooking
  • Pages : 229
  • ISBN 10 : 9781408820650

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Red White and Drunk All Over Excerpt :

Natalie MacLean spent three years sipping her way through sun-drenched vineyards and cobwebbed cellars to bring us this witty, knowledgeable book about the world of wine. In the ancient vineyards of Burgundy she uncovers the secrets of Pinot Noir, then moves on to the labyrinthine cellars of Champagne to examine the mystique of luxury bubbly. She compares notes with novelist Jay McInerney at a bacchanalian dinner, goes undercover as a sommelier in a five-star restaurant, and explores the influence of powerful critics Jancis Robinson and Robert Parker. You may have a head for wine, but Red, White and Drunk All Over will show you its heart.

The Winemaker s Hand Book

The Winemaker s Hand


  • Author : Natalie Berkowitz
  • Publisher : Columbia University Press
  • Release Date : 2014-06-03
  • Genre: Cooking
  • Pages : 338
  • ISBN 10 : 9780231167567

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The Winemaker s Hand Excerpt :

In these fascinating interviews, winemakers from the United States and abroad clarify the complex process of converting grapes into wine, with more than forty vintners candidly discussing how a combination of talent, passion, and experience shape the outcome of their individual wines. Each winemaker details their personal approach to the various steps required to convert grapes into wine. Natalie Berkowitz speaks to winemakers from different backgrounds who work in diverse wine-producing regions, including Chile, England, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, and the United States. They talk about familiar and unfamiliar grape varietals, their struggles with local terroirs, and the vagaries of Mother Nature. Some represent small family wineries with limited production while others work for corporations producing hundreds of thousands of bottles. Each individual offers rare insight into how new technologies are revolutionizing historic winemaking practices. The interviews are supplemented with personal recipes and maps of winemaking regions. An aroma wheel captures the vast array of wineÕs complex flavors and aromas.

Champagne Charlie Book

Champagne Charlie


  • Author : Don Kladstrup
  • Publisher : U of Nebraska Press
  • Release Date : 2021-11
  • Genre: Cooking
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781640125025

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Champagne Charlie Excerpt :

Champagne Charlie tells the history of champagne and the thrilling tale of how the go-to celebratory drink of our time made its way to the United States, thanks to the controversial figure of Charles "Champagne Charlie" Heidsieck.