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Today Lipton means tea. However in his time, Sir Thomas Lipton was known for much more. Raised in desperate poverty, he became rich beyond his wildest dreams. He built a global empire of markets, factories, plantations, and stockyards. And his colorful pursuit of the America’s Cup trophy made him a beloved figure on both sides of the Atlantic.

In A Full Cup, Michael D’Antonio tells the tale of this larger-than-life figure. Beginning with a journey across the United States just after the Civil War, Thomas J. Lipton developed the ambition and learned the business techniques that helped him create the first chain of grocery stores. Wealthy before age thirty, he set his sights on the tea trade, and soon his name became synonymous with the product. Lipton’s great business success makes for a compelling story of innovation and achievement. Moreover, though, Lipton’s most intriguing creation was a public persona—one of the first formed with the help of a modern mass media—that appealed to millions of ordinary people, as well as the elites in America and Europe. Concocting simple stunts like elephant parades, Lipton mastered the new art of obtaining free publicity. With shameless self-promotion, he became one of the world’s most eligible bachelors and a patron of the poor, and he ultimately reached legendary heights when he revived the competition for the America’s Cup. With one losing attempt after another, the gallant Lipton, who didn’t even know how to sail his own yacht, became ever more popular. D’Antonio’s biography brings to vivid life this remarkable figure.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lipton made all the right moves, and there are few flaws in Mr. D’Antonio’s nicely crafted volume.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • A Full Cup celebrates a remarkable man: a great philanthropist and entrepreneurial tradesman, blessed with style, flair, and, most of all, great spirit.”

    Washington Times

  • “Entertaining and instructive.”


  • A Full Cup turns the life of grocer and tea entrepreneur Thomas Lipton into a thrilling story you won’t be able to put down.”

    Connecticut Post

  • “D’Antonio excels at capturing the excitement of the races, and the good sportsmanship that endeared Lipton to America and England both. Lipton seems to have vanished into history, and D’Antonio is to be commended for capturing him so thoroughly…D’Antonio deserves praise for bringing Lipton’s remarkable life to our attention.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A fascinating book for fans of yacht racing but also for anyone who enjoys biographies of nineteenth-century entrepreneurs.”


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