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The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It (P.S.) by [Mazzeo, Tilar J.]
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"Tilar J. Mazzeo's informed and enlightening biography of Madame Clicquot, the widow and, more important, the businesswoman, retrieves her vintage story as if looking for a rare bottle in one of the Champagne region's deepest caves."--Newsday

"Mazzeo's resulting book is an enticing stew of biography and history."--USA Today

"The Widow Clicquot, Tilar J. Mazzeo's sweeping oenobiography of Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin, is the story of a woman who was a smashing success long before anyone conceptualized the glass ceiling."--New York Times Book Review

"Joan of Arc and Madame Clicquot were the two women heroes I knew when growing up in France. What a gift to have this new, well-researched biography of one of the world's first 'legitimate' businesswoman, our contemporary as a global business leader."--Mireille Guiliano, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller, French Women Don't Get Fat

"Told in a light and graceful style that is just right for its subject.... [I]t's a fascinating trip, made even more so by Ms. Mazzeo's charming cameo appearances as a kind of tour guide.... This example of Barbe-Nicole's voice is exceptional...an intoxicating business biography."--Julia Flynn Siler, The Wall Street Journal

"The Widow Clicquot is someone we should all know about.... Long a shadowy, legend-obscured figure, in Tilar Mazzeo's agile hands the widow sheds her weeds and takes form before our eyes as a distinctly modern entrepreneur....The result is narrative history that fizzes with life and feeling."--Benjamin Wallace, author of the New York Times bestseller, The Billionaire's Vinegar

"This book is full of fascinating morsels of information."--Canberra Times

"If you like champagne, "The Widow Clicquot" by Tilar J. Mazzeo is definitely worth a drink."--Associated Press

"Mazzeo's tale moves swiftly through Barbe-Nicole's many accomplishments, including her method for storing bottles nose-down--an innovation that allowed the second fermentation detritus to be cleared efficiently, setting her far ahead of her competitors."--Los Angeles Times

Joan of Arc and Madame Clicquot were the two women heroes I knew when growing up in France. What a gift to have this new, well-researched biography of one of the world s first legitimate businesswoman, our contemporary as a global business leader. --Mireille Guiliano, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller, French Women Don't Get Fat"

The Widow Clicquot is someone we should all know about.... Long a shadowy, legend-obscured figure, in Tilar Mazzeo s agile hands the widow sheds her weeds and takes form before our eyes as a distinctly modern entrepreneur....The result is narrative history that fizzes with life and feeling. --Benjamin Wallace, author of the New York Times bestseller, The Billionaire's Vinegar"

Told in a light and graceful style that is just right for its subject . [I]t s a fascinating trip, made even more so by Ms. Mazzeo s charming cameo appearances as a kind of tour guide . This example of Barbe-Nicole s voice is exceptional an intoxicating business biography. --Julia Flynn Siler, The Wall Street Journal"

The Widow Clicquot, Tilar J. Mazzeo s sweeping oenobiography of Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin, is the story of a woman who was a smashing success long before anyone conceptualized the glass ceiling. --New York Times Book Review"

Mazzeo s resulting book is an enticing stew of biography and history. --USA Today"

If you like champagne, The Widow Clicquot by Tilar J. Mazzeo is definitely worth a drink. --Associated Press"

Tilar J. Mazzeo s informed and enlightening biography of Madame Clicquot, the widow and, more important, the businesswoman, retrieves her vintage story as if looking for a rare bottle in one of the Champagne region s deepest caves. --Newsday"

This book is full of fascinating morsels of information. --Canberra Times"

The Widow Clicquot is a miraculous feat of organization, one worthy of a doctoral thesis . [I]n its moments of action, this is actually a gripping story. And while the book appears to be a feminist history/business biography, it s also the appealing story of the author s odyssey.--Austin Chronicle"

Mazzeo s tale moves swiftly through Barbe-Nicole s many accomplishments, including her method for storing bottles nose-downan innovation that allowed the second fermentation detritus to be cleared efficiently, setting her far ahead of her competitors. --Los Angeles Times"

Synopsis

Veuve Clicquot champagne epitomizes glamour and style, with tribute paid everywhere from Lord Byron to Casablanca. But who was this young widow - the 'Veuve' - Clicquot, whose champagne sparkled at the courts of France, Britain and Russia, and how did she rise to celebrity and fortune? The Widow Clicquot brings to life the woman behind the label: Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin (1777-1866), a daring and determined entrepreneur, who during the tumultuous years of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars became one of the richest women of her time - singlehandedly founding a champagne house that remains a distinguished name. Newly widowed, she assumed the reins of the fledgling wine business she and her husband started, steering it through huge political and financial reversals to succeed as a single woman in a man's world. Visitors flocked to see this cultural icon and taste the vintages she imbued with magic. Her winemaking inventions and experiments changed the history of champagne. As much a fascinating journey through the process of making this temperamental wine as a biography of a uniquely tempered woman, The Widow Clicquot is a read to savor.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 867 KB
  • Print Length: 293 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (16 Oct. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001IG9D4E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #218,547 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Although the topic is interesting and the book gives some sort of superficial insight into a world which is fascinating, the writing style almost killed it for me. Rarely have I read a book where the author (although it'd be probably more accurate to call him a 'gatherer of facts and anecdotes') repeated the same facts over and over and over and over - it was truly maddening at times. This book is in dire need of a good edit, but I bet that if all the repeatitions were removed, the book would be hardly half the size, so probably too short to justify the price.
Other flaws included the sloppy research (No! 'Bonheur' does NOT mean 'Good luck' in French! Surely that would have been easy enough to check!), the far-fetched extrapolations and over-interpretations and the annoying and pointless hindsights. I wouldn't recommend.
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Fab loads of information you would not normally know about even working for the company does not tell you all this
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What a book! The amazing background to Chanel No 5 with sex, politics, mysticism and intrigue. But also a deep commitment to the perfume that she, Gabrielle Chanel had created in her name - by Ernest Beaux. But the perfume had an even older history which is just as fascinating as its history once it had been named as Chanel No 5. Coco Chanel's amazing lifestory is intertwined with the perfume's story of course and what a pair they made - couldn't live with each other and couldn't live apart. Read the story and see for yourselves.
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Although I had of course seen Chanel no. 5, I have never bought it and had not really connected with the fact that there was a person called 'Coco' Chanel, with a background and life about as interesting as that of the product that gives the book its title. Well, the book makes a pretty good fist of combining the two in an interesting and well-written read. I have heard it said that the best known brand names are at least 50 years old - often nearer 100: Ford, Coca Cola, Kit Kat, IBM, Hoover, Marks & Spencer, John Lewis etc. - though maybe the march of technology has added Apple more recently. Similarly, when I peer into marketing text-books they seem more focussed on presentation, advertising, pricing etc., than good old product research and design: I always think that the term "marketing" encompasses more than packaging, selling and advertising - just as Tony Blair should have remembered than foreign policy involves more than the arts of spin (though the best thought out policy requires spin too: cf. Winston Churchill). Maybe this is rather a long preamble on a book about a perfume and its creator, but when my last Sunday papers arrived before Christmas 2011, they came wrapped in a whole-sheet advertising flier for ---- yes you've guessed it, Chanel Number 5. The book brings together the marketing history with that of an unusual and driven person.
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Absolutely loved this book - Champagne is the subject and is certainly my taste! You learn a lot from this as well as a great story.
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This book gave me a complete and fresh idea of Chanel No. 5 history, from the time of its creation until it became a huge success.

Mazzeo's writing is simple so one can understand some things like the production of a fragrance since its creation until it is out in the market for sales.

The reports of Coco Chanel's life and the detailed description of the facts that occurred at that time (since the 1920's) gives us a full picture of what that fragrance went through to become a legendary scent.

If you are a fanatic perfume lover such as I, then you owe to yourself to read and finally learn of how some perfumes where created. The writer has transferred to me her passion of an understandable and incredible reading, meaning to me a worth-reading book!
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Loved this 'seat of your pants' story about the Widow Clicquot who was clearly an entrepreneurial and astute businesswoman. Entertainingly told. Someone should buy the film rights - it's that good!
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A bit rambling in places but an interesting read. Lots of interesting information about the historical and modern methods if Champagne production. There are obviously only sketchy details about certain aspects of the Widow Clicquots` life, but I was a bit disappointed that her death was described rather vaguely as her having "breathed her last". Written with empathy by someone who truly loves her subject.
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