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Beer of Broadway Fame: The Piel Family and Their Brooklyn Brewery

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In writing a history of his own ancestors, the Piel family, and their Brooklyn brewery, historian Alfred W. McCoy has put himself in a unique position of attempting to write intelligently and impartially about his own family. Although he does occasionally insert himself into the text, he mostly manages to tell his family’s history while maintaining a scholarly distance. Going into business with a unique business plan in a competitive era in a provincial Brooklyn beer market and surviving both Prohibition and the two World Wars, the Piels brewery provided its founders not only financial but also social capital.

Writing about both the Piel family and its brewery, Mr. McCoy seems to be aware of two distinct audiences. First, a general public interested in the brewing industry’s tumultuous 19th and 20th centuries, and second, his own family, interested in a detailed history of their ancestors’ infighting and rise to New York high society. Using the Piel family to illustrate numerous trends in American history, from the decline in family-owned businesses to the absolute assimilation of German Americans into American society post-World War II, Mr. McCoy shows that our nation’s history is made up of individuals making history.

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Author:
Alfred W. McCoy
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4/5
Format:
Trade
Page Count:
538 pages
Publisher:
Excelsior Editions/State University of New York Press
Publish Date:
2016-Sep-01
ISBN:
9781438461403
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Issue:
December 2016
Category:
History
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Book Author

Alfred W. McCoy

ASIN

1438461402

ISBN

9781438461403

Star Count

4

Page Count

538 pages

Issue

December 2016

Publication Date

2016-Sep-01

Format

Trade

Publisher

Excelsior Editions/State University of New York Press

“Beer of Broadway Fame: The Piel Family and Their Brooklyn Brewery”

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