Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Under the Influence: Unauthorized Story of the Anheuser-Busch Dynasty” as Want to Read:
Under the Influence: Unauthorized Story of the Anheuser-Busch Dynasty
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Under the Influence: Unauthorized Story of the Anheuser-Busch Dynasty

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  106 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
A racy, unauthorized expose+a7 uncovers the opportunism, unbridled power, family conflict, sex scandals, and violent death hidden behind the red, white, and blue logo of the Anheuser-Busch family dynasty. Reprint.
Paperback, 496 pages
Published July 1st 1992 by Avon Books (first published 1991)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Under the Influence, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Under the Influence

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Mike Gassmann
Mar 17, 2014 Mike Gassmann rated it it was amazing
A good read. Really interesting stuff. A great history lesson and fantastic behind the scenes insight. Although it is "unauthorized" everything seems very well documented and the sources reliable. A lot has happened to the family and the company in the 15 years since this book was written. I am moving on to what appears to be the unofficial sequel from a couple years ago - Bitter Brew: The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America's Kings of Beer .
Holly
Oct 08, 2014 Holly rated it liked it
3.5 stars. As a native St. Louisian, this book could be pretty fascinating at times. It was peppered with names I've heard all my life, Lemp, Busch, Faust, Orthwein, etc. The history of the city is closely tied to the breweries and you can't help but be awed by the scale of the whole thing.

The book is written in a balanced, not salacious manner, and does not read like a tell-all, even if it is "unauthorized."

After reading, I also downloaded the most recent version, which goes beyond the 1990's
...more
Rick
Mar 13, 2011 Rick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent account of the history of the Busch family that started the beer company in the 1800's. The book traces the lives of all the old family patriarchs who ran the company over the years, and the successes, failures, and scandals that have occurred over the past 150 years.

This book was REALLY interesting. Couldn't hardly put it down. I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in how Budweiser Beer grew to dominate the market---really dominate, with over 40% of all the total domesti
...more
Josh Smith
Jan 15, 2013 Josh Smith rated it liked it
Recommends it for: St. Louis residents
As someone who was born and raised in St. Louis, MO, I learned a lot from this book. The Busch family, especially the patriarchs are not the great people that they are portrayed as being by most media. Most of them are amoral, gun-toting, paranoid, overtly entitled jerks.

I'm glad I didn't grow up in their family.

The authors did a nice job of laying out the history as flatly as possible. The book is a pretty easy read all in all. The new version has been updated to include the takeover stuff as w
...more
Jane Patterson
May 02, 2009 Jane Patterson rated it it was amazing
Anyone from STL should read this book. VERY interesting. It was written in 1991. You may need a score card to keep track of all the August's and Adolphus's, Sr., Jr., I,II,III,and IV. It shows that TOO much $$$ does not always make a happy life.
Nancy
Jul 11, 2011 Nancy rated it really liked it
Loads of St. Louis history woven into this tale, and many surprises about a family who has had a tremendous influence on local history. The famiy's story is pretty compelling all on its own, with plenty of intrigue and drama.
Jerome
Jun 21, 2014 Jerome rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting, if you, like me, are from the St. Louis area and grew up with the Bush family in the news from time to time.
David
Nov 16, 2013 David rated it really liked it
This book has been updated since the takeover by InBev. The book is long on history, maybe some of it a bit gossipy, but is an unvarnished look at the Busch family dynasty.
Julie
Jun 06, 2008 Julie rated it liked it
Very interesting...reads like a soap opera. An especially good read for anyone from the St. Louis area.
Cheryl Rowland
I loved reading this book about the Busch family. Even though it is an "Unauthorized" story, I felt that it covered the family very well, especially the first, second and third generations.
Kim
Sep 16, 2011 Kim rated it it was amazing
Interesting read for those especially in St. Louis...no longer in print. Almost like the Kennedy clan.
Jen
May 20, 2009 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this was excellent. Really entertaining look into the family affairs as well as the business / political aspects of their world. Crazy!
Jennifer
Jan 01, 2009 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Ok, so every now and then it is good to read a little family gossip. Well this book was well researched and well done. What a family and what a mess. Not trashy at all.
Carmen
Aug 01, 2013 Carmen rated it liked it
Historical perspective of the Busch family. It jumped around a bit and was sometimes hard to follow. Friends who read Bitter Brew seemed to like it better.
Andrew
Aug 16, 2012 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unique story of the rise of the Anheiuser Busch family and the brewery they created. Plenty of skeletons in that keg.
Tammy Winters hyman
Tammy Winters hyman rated it it was amazing
Nov 20, 2012
Emil
Emil rated it really liked it
Jul 09, 2015
Wallysyaya
Wallysyaya rated it really liked it
Nov 02, 2009
Dan Alcott
Dan Alcott rated it liked it
Oct 31, 2015
Cathy
Cathy rated it really liked it
Aug 05, 2015
Brady Oberholtzer
Brady Oberholtzer rated it it was amazing
Feb 19, 2013
Heidi
Heidi rated it liked it
Apr 16, 2013
Susan Bader
Susan Bader rated it really liked it
Jul 27, 2015
K
K rated it liked it
Dec 01, 2014
Star Johnson
Star Johnson rated it it was amazing
Jun 03, 2012
Brian
Brian rated it liked it
Oct 04, 2007
Beverly Crouse
Beverly Crouse rated it it was amazing
Feb 05, 2015
Joanna
Joanna rated it liked it
Apr 28, 2014
Tim Funke
Tim Funke rated it it was amazing
Jul 15, 2013
Ben Delf
Ben Delf rated it it was amazing
Dec 01, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Share This Book