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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (224 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Blanding Narrator: George K. Wilson Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Ever since its “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing” commercials from the 1970s, Coca-Cola has billed itself as the world’s beverage, uniting all colors and cultures in a mutual love of its caramel-sweet sugar water. The formula has worked incredibly well, making it one of the most profitable companies on the planet and Coca-Cola the world’s second-most-recognized word after hello. However, as the company expands its reach into both domestic and foreign markets, an increasing number of the world’s citizens are finding the taste of Coke more bitter than sweet.

Journalist Michael Blanding’s The Coke Machine probes shocking accusations about the company’s global impact, including

  • Coca-Cola’s history of winning at any cost, even if it meant that its franchisees were making deals with the Nazis and Guatemalan paramilitary squads;
  • how Coke has harmed children’s health and contributed to an obesity epidemic through exclusive soda contracts in schools;
  • the horrific environmental impact of Coke bottling plants in India and Mexico, where water supplies have been decimated while toxic pollution has escalated; and
  • that Coke bottlers stand accused of conspiring with paramilitaries to threaten, kidnap, and murder union leaders in their bottling plants in Colombia.

A disturbing portrait drawn from an award-winning journalist’s daring, in-depth research, The Coke Machine is the first comprehensive probe of the company and its secret formula for greed.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kelly Kilcrease | 2/18/2014

    " The explanation and details about the Columbia murder gets a little long winded. I would have liked to have seen more emphasis toward the health risks associated with Coke. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Katie | 1/16/2014

    " While it was slow in places and redundant in others, I got through it. Another one of those books where I felt that he has a vendetta against Coke, but was able to give actual reasons instead of just saying "they are bad news". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sarah | 1/14/2014

    " While I usually enjoy a good corporation bashing, this book fell short of my expectations. I did find some of the information enlightening. I have not followed the sordid history of Coca-Cola. I was unaware of the alleged links to paramilitary groups in Colombia or the water shortages in India. I recall the uproar over the bottled tap water fiasco, but did not realize the problems in England. Even with all of this interesting material, the book was incredibly boring. I actually forced myself to finish it, and I was very happy to find the book was over on page 291, even though the book technically has 375 pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Angie | 1/2/2014

    " This book not only makes me think twice about drinking coke but it totally makes me think about all kinds of big corporations out there. Not sure if I'm happy or sad about this. Why can't we just be honest. "

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About the Author

Michael Blanding is a Boston-based investigative journalist whose work has appeared in the Nation, the New Republic, Slate, the Boston Globe Magazine, and Boston. He is currently a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute of Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University and the author of The Coke Machine: The Dirty Truth Behind the World’s Favorite Soft Drink.