A Full Cup: Sir Thomas Lipton's Extraordinary Life and His Quest for the America's Cup

A Full Cup: Sir Thomas Lipton's Extraordinary Life and His Quest for the America's Cup

by Michael D'Antonio


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Today Lipton means tea. However, in his time Sir Thomas Lipton was known for much more than the Lipton tea empire. Raised in desperate poverty, he would build a global empire of markets, factories, plantations, and stockyards. But his epic pursuit of the America’s Cup—a yachting trophy and the ultimate in international sport—made him a beloved figure on both sides of the Atlantic.

More than a story of innovation and achievement, A Full Cup also explores Lipton’s most intriguing creation: his public persona, formed by a burgeoning mass media and a shameless self-promotion that made him one of the most recognizable figures of his time. Michael D’Antonio brings to life the surprising careers of this intrepid sailor, gregarious showman, and ingenious self-made millionaire—the world’s very first celebrity CEO.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594485213
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/05/2011
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 1,170,841
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Michael D'Antonio is the author of many acclaimed books, including Atomic Harvest, Tin Cup Dreams, Mosquito, The State Boys Rebellion, Hershey, and Forever Blue. His work has appeared in Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Discover, and other publications. Among his many awards is the Pulitzer Prize, which he shared with a team of reporters for Newsday.

Table of Contents

1 Glasgow 1

2 America 13

3 Homecoming 37

4 P. T. Lipton 59

5 The Big Cheese 77

6 Tea Tom 101

7 Astride the World 129

8 A Real Shamrock 155

9 Never Fear! 189

10 Celebrity 227

11 Injured by a Tea Rose 257

12 Lots of Nerve, Lots of Cash 287

13 Sir Thomas Wins 319

Postscript 347

Acknowledgments 351

Sources 353

Index 371

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"D'Antonio is to be commended for capturing [Lipton] so thoroughly." —-Publishers Weekly

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A Full Cup: Sir Thomas Lipton's Extraordinary Life and His Quest for the America's Cup 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Shrike58 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While the cover of this book alludes to Thomas Lipton's unsuccessful pursuit of the America's Cup, more than half of the narrative is devoted to how Lipton put himself in a position to make such a challenge, by way of introducing American merchandising techniques to the grocery business in the British Isles, then rationalizing the business of selling tea, and then applying his money to philanthropic enterprises that gave him access to high society in Britain. The result was that Lipton did well while doing good, becoming one of the first men famous for being famous.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago