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, a formula that has made 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, an increasing number of the world's citizens are finding the taste of coke more bitter than sweet. 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 - the horrific environmental impact of coke bottling plants in India and Mexico that coke bottlers stand accused of conspiring with paramilitaries to threaten, kidnap, and murder union leaders in their bottling plants in Colombia The Coke Machine is the first comprehensive probe of the company and its secret formula for greed
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Michael Blanding is an award-winning magazine writer whose investigative journalism has taken him around the globe. Based in Boston, he has written for The Nation, The New Republic, Salon, The Boston Globe, Conde Nast Traveler, and Boston magazine, where he is a contributing editor.From AudioFile:
George Wilson's deep and deliberate voice makes this audiobook highly digestible, even if the details of Coca-Cola's history are not. Blanding provides a critical look at a company that, despite its pristine image, has a good number skeletons in its closet--skeletons that the company has paid millions of dollars in court fees and settlements to keep under wraps. Wilson keeps to a steady pace and a matter-of-fact tone that doesn't use histrionics when recounting the company's bald-faced lies or clear attempts at averting the truth. His delivery of accents flows smoothly, and his use of emphasis and steady projection keeps listeners engaged. L.E. © AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine
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