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A New Michael Jackson Book: Maybe the Last

By William Brand
Wednesday, November 7th, 2007 at 7:31 pm in Uncategorized.

I’m a regular 40-hour-a-week reporter for the Oakland Tribune/Bay Area News Group/MediaNews Group and I do these two blogs, this one and The California Beer Newsletter (a mirror site with better graphics) and a weekly column and a monthly column on the side, so sometimes I lag behind on things.

With that caveat, have you heard about beer writer, beer expert and guru Michael Jackson’s last book. It’s apparently in print in England.

Here’s what I got from an interesting e-mail list I’m on: BeerBooks.com.

Beer: Eyewitness CompanionsMichael Jackson Eyewitness Companions
Here is Michael Jackson’s final beer book, completed just prior to his passing on August 30, 2007. For this new volume, Michael defined his role not simply as author, but as “Editor-In-Chief,” acknowledging the book’s major contributions from his handpicked team of “beer correspondents” around the globe.

“Today’s astonishing diversity of beers deserves a broader range of eyewitnesses,” wrote Michael. “In my hands alone, this book’s world view might have frightened the dray-horses.” Indeed, Beer: Eyewitness Companions is a global tour of beer and brewing in very much the same vein as Michael’s earlier books, though fully up-to-date with insights on beer styles and trends from every significant brewing region (and many less well-known areas) around the world.

Anyway, it’s paper and may be something recycled and planned that way long ago. Michael Jackson was a prolific guy and I wouldn’t be surprised to see another book or two come through in the next year or two. Am I dreaming? Don’t know. We’ll have to see.

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