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From Booklist Whatever Jess Jackson touched seemed to turn to profit, whether lawsuits, grapes, or horses. Compelled to work from childhood on, he proved resourceful and able, overcoming Depression-era poverty and an abusive father before emerging as a successful real-estate attorney. A chance encounter on an airplane offered the lawyer an opportunity to buy some northern California land and thus fulfill a longstanding ambition to become a farmer. Throwing himself into wine-making, he created the now-renowned Kendall-Jackson brand. Passionate and even ruthless, Jackson sought out the best talents and finest vineyards in California’s emerging wine business and made chardonnay a household word in America. Then he turned to owning winning racehorses. Triumph came not without personal costs—a shattered marriage and agonizing brushes with business failure. Humes makes his charismatic subject’s every venture vividly and intensely dramatic. This book will attract readers of diverse interests, from the law to wine-making to business to horse-racing. --Mark Knoblauch Read more Review 'Humes makes his charismatic subject's every venture vividly and intensely dramatic. This book will attract readers of diverse interests, from the law to wine-making to business to horse-racing.' BooklistA well-rounded, absorbing narrative of entrepreneurship, wine and the extraordinary man who made it all happen.” Kirkus Review, starredThoroughly engaging this biography is as well-suited for those interested in people as those interested in wine.” Minneapolis Star TribuneA classic American storya man of the people becomes one of the greatest visionaries and qualitative titans the wine world has ever witnessed. Very highly recommended.” Robert M. Parker, Jr., The Wine AdvocateWith dexterity and style, Edward Humes captures Jess Jackson, making his larger-than-life personality come alive and his rollercoaster story jump off the pages. A Man and His Mountain shows the inspiration, boundless energy, and tenacity that Jess Jackson embodied, but also the real man who was in ways like the rest of us, fallible and human. I expected a book about a winery, but what I got was an exciting, motiving, and epic journey of a man with laughs, tears, and surprises.” Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, master of wine, author of The One Minute Wine Master Read more See all Editorial Reviews