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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 did InBev, a Belgian company controlled by Brazilians, take over one of America's most beloved brands after barely a whimper of a fight? 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, an 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. In Dethroning the King, MacIntosh: -Discusses how the takeover of Anheuser-Busch will be seen as a defining moment in U.S. business history -Reveals the critical missteps taken by the Busch family and the Anheuser-Busch board -Argues that Anheuser-Busch had a chance to save itself from InBev's clutches, but strong forces behind the scenes forced it to capitulate From the very heart of 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. Download and start listening now!

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  • MacIntosh . . . earns extra credit for staying on the Anheuser-InBev case despite considerable macrocosmic distractions. . . . The author's persistence pays off in her account of the Busch family's searing internecine strife. The New York Times

Listener Opinions

  • 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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