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Set in California’s lush Napa Valley and spanning four generations of a talented and visionary family, The House of Mondavi is a tale of genius, sibling rivalry, and betrayal. From 1906, when Italian immigrant Cesare Mondavi passed through Ellis Island, to the Robert Mondavi Corp.’s twenty-first-century battle over a billion-dollar fortune, award-winning journalist Julia Flynn brings to life both the place and the people in this riveting family drama.

The blood feuds are as spectacular as the business triumphs. Cesare’s sons, Robert and Peter, literally came to blows in the 1960s during a dispute touched off by the purchase of a mink coat, resulting in Robert’s exile from the family—and his subsequent founding of a winery that would set off a revolution in American winemaking. Robert’s sons, Michael and Timothy, as passionate in their own ways as their visionary father, waged battle with each other for control of the company before Michael’s expansive ambitions ultimately led to a board coup and the sale of the business to an international conglomerate.

A meticulously reported narrative based on thousands of hours of interviews, The House of Mondavi is bound to become a classic.

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  • “A fascinating history filled with charismatic yet flawed characters.”


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Samantha Sevekow | 2/16/2014

    " This is a very meaty book. It's is quite interesting. It is not just about the Mondavi family, but the whole history of Wine in America, especially the rise of cheap wine. I just still want to know why cheap wine in Italy is sooo much better than our two buck chuck. Okay, well guess I do know now, bc if the cheap stuff tasted good, who would by the 60 dollar cab. Love America's Capitalist society. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Angie | 2/7/2014

    " This is a great book. It is the story of the rise and fall of the Mondavi wine dynasty. It is quite like a Greek tragedy. Feuding, lawsuits, divorce. However, under it all is the story of 4 generations of the Mondavi family and their quest for wine making. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brittany | 1/30/2014

    " Since we love wine, I was naturally interested in learning about the one of the first families to pioneer interest in the United States. This poor family was wrought with strife and deep-rooted power conflicts that spanned generations. It's very honest and told from a third party perspective so you learn all sides of the story. I highly recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Juliet | 1/29/2014

    " a lot of family history throughout, but if you love to read about coporate takeovers and the nuances of shareholder relationships, you'll love this book. the family history starts at the beginning and it's interesting to see how much the family relationship invades and impedes the business, especially in such a consistent manner through the generations. it was cool to read about the sort of birth and growth of the napa valley (from the Mondavi perspective) through to about 2007 and i was struck over and over how much these guys fought with each other, despite each of them being personally worth millions later on. if you don't get bogged down by the technical/legal-speak of it (and that is only present in parts throughout), i think it's enjoyable. the author does a pretty good job of describing what happened without making your eyes glaze over at the corporate law aspects of it. (speaking from the point of view of someone who studied corporate law, though...) "

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About the Author
Author Julia Flynn Siler

Julia Flynn Siler is the New York Times bestselling author of The House of Mondavi. Her most recent book, Lost Kingdom: Hawaii’s Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America’s First Imperial Adventure, was a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller. An award-winning journalist, she lives in Northern California with her husband and two sons.