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The amazing true story behind the siege of America's favorite beer company, from award-winning financial journalist Julie MacIntosh.

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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.

"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

"Strenuously reported . . . Ms. MacIntosh relates every gambit in crisp, scene by scene detail." ---The Wall Street Journal

Dethroning the King

The Hostile Takeover of Anheuser-Busch, an American Icon

Author Julie MacIntosh

Narrated by Joyce Bean

Publication date Aug 30, 2011

Running time 14 hrs

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