For God, Country & Coca-Cola (Paperback)

The Definitive History of the Great American Soft Drink and the Company That Makes It

By Mark Pendergrast

Basic Books (AZ), 9780465029174, 523pp.

Publication Date: May 14, 2013

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From its invention as a cocaine-laced patent medicine in the Gilded Age to its globe-drenching ubiquity as the ultimate symbol of consumer capitalism in the twenty-first century, Coca-Cola's dramatic history unfolds as the ultimate business saga. In this fully revised and expanded edition of For God, Country & Coca-Cola, Mark Pendergrast looks at America's cultural, social, and economic history through the bottom of a green glass Coke bottle and tells the captivating story of the world's most recognizable consumer product.

About the Author

Mark Pendergrast, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, grew up on West Paces Ferry Road, once known as "Coca-Cola Row." Pendergrast is also the author of Uncommon Grounds; Inside the Outbreaks; Mirror, Mirror; Victims of Memory; Jack and the Bean Soup; and Japan's Tipping Point. He lives in Colchester, Vermont.