Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Widow Clicquot

Grande. Tilar Mazzeo assembles fragments of an incomplete historical record, and creates an entertaining and insightful profile of one of the most successful business leaders, Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin, in a book titled The Widow Clicquot. After the death of her husband, Barbe-Nicole ran the business as an audacious risk taker for much of the 19th century, during wars, financial crises and technological innovations. However much you may enjoy drinking Veuve Clicquot or other champagnes, reading about the woman who revolutionized the wine business in the 19th century brings a buzz of its own. This Grande Dame was a remarkable woman, and Mazzeo brings her to life and engages readers in imagining the ways in which Barbe-Nicole faced challenges and made business decisions that led to great success.

Rating: Three-star (Recommended)

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