Julia Flynn Siler

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Julia Flynn Siler
Born Palo Alto, California
  • Journalist
  • author
Residence San Francisco Bay Area
Notable works
  • House of Mondavi
  • Lost Kingdom
Spouse Charles (Charlie) Siler

Julia Flynn Siler is an American journalist and nonfiction author.

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Palo Alto, California, Siler received a bachelor's degree in American Studies from Brown University in 1983, a master's from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in 1985, and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management in 1991.[1] She did additional postgraduate work at the London School of Economics.[1]

The House of Mondavi[edit]

In 2007, Siler published The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty, a nonfiction account of four generations of California's Mondavi family. The House of Mondavi concerns a repeating pattern of sibling conflict in a family wine business. The book details the 2004 board coup that led to the breakup and the forced sale of the publicly-traded Robert Mondavi company. The House of Mondavi revealed that patriarch Robert Mondavi's philanthropic gifts to the University of California at Davis and elsewhere had led to a personal financial crisis for the company, which was one of the factors leading to its $1 billion takeover.[2]

The book was a finalist for a Gerald Loeb Award for distinguished business and financial journalism in the category of business books in 2008.[3] It was also a James Beard Foundation finalist that year in the category of books on wine and spirits.[4] BusinessWeek picked it as one of the top ten business books of the year for 2007.[5] It also received criticism for focusing on the salacious.[6]

Lost Kingdom[edit]

In 2011, Siler published Lost Kingdom: Hawaii's Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America's First Imperial Adventure, a narrative history of the overthrow of Hawaii's Queen Liliuokalani. Lost Kingdom was a 2011 Northern California bestseller.[7] It was also a New York Times bestseller.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Contemporary Authors Online". Biography in Context. Gale. 2013. Retrieved March 3, 2016.
  2. ^ "How the Mondavis Lost an Empire". The Wall Street Journal. June 15, 2007. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
  3. ^ "2008 Finalists". Gerald Loeb Awards. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016.
  4. ^ "Awards". James Beard Foundation. Archived from the original on April 22, 2016. Retrieved April 22, 2016.
  5. ^ "Best Business Books of 2007". James J. Hill Center. December 7, 2007. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
  6. ^ Carson, L. Pierce (June 19, 2007). "New Mondavi book focuses on the salacious". Napa Valley Register. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
  7. ^ Jeanne Cooper (September 7, 2012). "Queen Lili'uokalani's legacy continues to inspire". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
  8. ^ "Travel Books: Best Sellers". The New York Times. July 2016. Retrieved August 1, 2016.

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