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The History of the Distillers Company, 1877-1939: Diversification and Growth in Whisky and Chemicals Hardcover – 28 Dec 1995


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  • Hardcover: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Clarendon Press; 1st Edition edition (28 Dec. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198288670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198288671
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.1 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 795,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a major, authoritative, account ... the book is based on extensive use of internal documentation ... Weir in effect provides us with a sound overall view of British spirits manufacturing and distribution ... It says much for the author's determination that he has been able to produce such a substantial work about an enterprise which has often been characterized as insular and secretive. (Terry Gourvish, Economic History Review)

The comprehensive reconstruction of the development of the firm and the industry it came to dominate is based on extensive archival evidence and meticulous research, and it will quickly establish itself as a major source for all historians interested in the firm and the industries in which it operated ... Dr Weir has certainly succeeded in demonstrating the potential to be found in DCL's extensive archives, which will no doubt be drawn upon by others adopting a more thematic and analytical approach. (Business History)

Quite clearly a business and industrial history of the foremost rank. And, like the finest malt whiskies, the product has improved in the time it has taken to mature. (Economics History Review)

It will quickly establish itself as a major source for all historians interested in the firm and the industries in which it operated. (Business History)

The long gestation of his new book shows both in exhaustive research ... and the clarity of analysis. Weir provides shape to a complicated and sometimes miscellaneous story that often embraces the whisky industry as a whole. ... It is an invaluable reference work (History, Fall 1996)

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The definitive history of a major company

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The Distillers Company (DCL) was formed on 1 May 1877 as an amalgamation of six Lowland distilleries, all of which produced grain whisky by means of the Coffey or patent still. Read the first page
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Patrick on 1 Sept. 2005
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are all the ingredients for a good movie, but this is also the true story of the Distillers Company, known now as Diageo (lagavulin, talisker and many more).
My first history on whisky was the "Liquid History", which did not really fulfilled my expectations. This book is e a real "history-economical" book is extremely well written, with much accuracy and without an objective opinion.
I really enjoyed reading this book and if someone is interesting in the history of the whisky industry under its many aspects, then this is the book for you.
A remarkable work!
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