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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (194 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julie MacIntosh Narrator: Joyce Bean Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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How the King of Beers collapsed without a fight and what it means for America’s place in the post-recession world

How did InBev, a Belgian company controlled by Brazilians, take over one of America’s most beloved brands with scarcely a whimper of opposition? Chalk it up to perfect timing—and some unexpected help from powerful members of the Busch dynasty, the very family that had run the company for more than a century. In Dethroning the King, Julie MacIntosh, the award-winning financial journalist who led coverage of the takeover for the Financial Times, details how the drama that unfolded at Anheuser-Busch in 2008 went largely unreported as the world tumbled into a global economic crisis second only to the Great Depression. Today, as the dust settles, questions are being asked about how the “King of Beers” was so easily captured by a foreign corporation, and whether the company’s fall mirrors America’s dwindling financial and political dominance as a nation.

From America’s heartland to the European continent to Brazil, Dethroning the King is the ultimate corporate caper and a fascinating case study that’s both wide reaching and profound.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mary | 2/12/2014

    " Interesting story about the Anheuser-Busch hostile takeover by InBev. I enjoyed reading about the rise and the personalities of those that built the empire. The book got pretty deep into discussing mergers and acquisitions, which is not my first choice in reading material, but the characters kept it moving along. This book did really show how inertia and arrogance can harm a company. The actions of August III were amazing and how he sold out his own son and father. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David | 2/4/2014

    " Facinating look behind the curtains of the Takeover of A-B "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kirsten | 1/28/2014

    " The first part of the book was especially interesting about the Busch dynasty and men. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jeff Waltersdorf | 1/18/2014

    " An interesting insight into the gargantuan merger that rocked St. Louis in 2008. A sad tale of missed opportunities and financial pressures and an aged beer baron willing to cash in his family's legacy rather than hand it off to his son. The book is populated with the bankers and lawyers who made the deal happen, and an external view of the personalities of the men in charge of Anheuser-Busch, InBev, and Groupo Modello (the Mexican brewery that might have offered AB a way of fending off InBev). "

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About the Author

Julie MacIntosh, the author of Dethroning the King and an award-winning journalist, led the Financial Times' coverage of the takeover of Anheuser-Busch as its US mergers and acquisitions correspondent. She also covered the fall of Lehman Brothers, the government takeovers of AIG, General Motors, and Chrysler, and the near-collapse of the global banking system while on the mergers beat at the FT and, before that, wrote as a columnist for the newspaper’s highly influential Lex opinion page. MacIntosh, who is now based in Los Angeles, has also worked as a reporter and correspondent for Reuters, and in 2003 was named one of NewsBios’ Top 30 Business Journalists under 30. She won a Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in business journalism at Columbia University and earned a master’s in journalism from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. After receiving the competitive Wiegers Fellowship, she then earned an MBA from Columbia’s Graduate School of Business. She received her undergraduate degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.