The Coke Machine: The Dirty Truth Behind the World's Favorite Soft Drink

The Coke Machine: The Dirty Truth Behind the World's Favorite Soft Drink


By (author) Michael Blanding, Narrator George K. Wilson

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  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 188mm x 15mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 16 September 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Old Saybrook, CT
  • ISBN 10: 1400168945
  • ISBN 13: 9781400168941
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 1,377,185

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Ever since its "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" commercials from the 1970s, Coca-Cola has billed itself as the world's beverage, uniting all colors and cultures in a mutual love of its caramel-sweet sugar water. The formula has worked incredibly well, making it one of the most profitable companies on the planet and "Coca-Cola" the world's second-most-recognized word after "hello." However, as the company expands its reach into both domestic and foreign markets, an increasing number of the world's citizens are finding the taste of Coke more bitter than sweet. Journalist Michael Blanding's "The Coke Machine" probes shocking accusations about the company's global impact, including: --Coca-Cola's history of winning at any cost, even if it meant that its franchisees were making deals with the Nazis and Guatemalan paramilitary squads --How Coke has harmed children's health and contributed to an obesity epidemic through exclusive soda contracts in schools --The horrific environmental impact of Coke bottling plants in India and Mexico, where water supplies have been decimated while toxic pollution has escalated --That Coke bottlers stand accused of conspiring with paramilitaries to threaten, kidnap, and murder union leaders in their bottling plants in Colombia A disturbing portrait drawn from an award-winning journalist's daring, in-depth research, "The Coke Machine" is the first comprehensive probe of the company and its secret formula for greed.

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Author information

Michael Blanding is a Boston-based investigative journalist whose work has appeared in the "Nation," the "New Republic," "Slate," the "Boston Globe Magazine," and "Boston." He is currently a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute of Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University and the author of "The Coke Machine: The Dirty Truth Behind the World's Favorite Soft Drink." George K. Wilson has narrated over one hundred fiction and nonfiction audiobook titles, from Thomas L. Friedman to Thomas Pynchon, and has won several "AudioFile" Earphones Awards.

Review quote

"George Wilson's deep and deliberate voice makes this audiobook highly digestible, even if the details of Coca-Cola's history are not." ---AudioFile