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Download A Full Cup: Sir Thomas Lipton's Extraordinary Life and His Quest for the America's Cup Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (39 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael D’Antonio Narrator: David Drummond Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 30, 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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nina | 12/11/2013


  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Molly | 7/11/2011

    " This was interesting to me because of Sir Thomas Lipton's cup donation to the Grand Lake Yacht Club, and I learned a thing or two about immigration to America and the history of the America's Cup. Not sure I wold recommend this to anyone not interested in yacht racing history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lorraine | 5/13/2011

    " Book had me hooked even though Sir Thomas's personal life isn't covered in depth (mainly because he didn't have one). Quite a colorful figure and a dynamo of marketing and self-promotion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Barbara | 4/20/2011

    " Interesting story...I heard the author interviewed on NPR and would give him 4 stars for that interview. "

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