Just finished this book - thanks for the loan Harry! Written by Gavin Smith, the book follows the career of John McDougall who was a "lifer" in the Scotch whisky industry. John was mostly a distillery manager and saw time at quite a few distilleries. Also spent some time in upper managment, so we get the picture not only of life in a distillery, but also in a blending company.
No punches are pulled, and Mr McDougall "tells it like it is". What makes this book interesting is the frequency of location change and cultural differances in different distilleries and managment style stemming from corperate structure. Comparisons between working on Islay and in Dufftown were particularly interesting - how much the differences were down to local culture I'm not sure. In fact, I think this is the biggest thing I got from the book was a comparison of different cultures for making scotch both in terms of geograghic location, and in terms of corperate climates.
An interesting read but I wouldn't put it down as a "must read".