The King of Vodka

The King of Vodka

The Story of Pyotr Smirnov and the Upheaval of An Empire

Book - 2009 | 1st ed.
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"A operatic tour-de-force." --Tilar J. Mazzeo, author of The Widow Clicquot

"An impressive feat of research, told swiftly and enthusiastically." --San Francisco Chronicle

From Vanderbilt and Rockefeller to Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, America's captains of industry are paragons of entrepreneurial success, and books about business history, from The First Tycoon to The Big Short, show exemplars of capitalistic cunning and tenacity...but just as American cocktail connoisseurs can mistake Absolut, Skyy, Grey Goose, or Ketel One for the quintessential clear spirit, so too has America's vision of business history remained na#65533;ve to a truth long recognized in Eastern Europe: since the time of Tsar Nicholas, both vodka and commercial success have been synonymous in Russia with one name--Smirnoff. Linda Himelstein's critically acclaimed biography of Russian vodka scion Pyotr Smirnov--a finalist for the James Beard Award, winner of the IACP and Saroyan Awards, and a BusinessWeek Best Business Book of 2009--is the sweeping story of entrepreneurship, empire, and epicurean triumph unlike anything the world has ever seen before.

Publisher: New York : Harper, c2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060855895
Branch Call Number: 338.7663 HIMELST
Characteristics: xxvii, 384 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.


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a5a22406 Jul 16, 2014

What an interesting book. Not only about the rise of Vodka, but a really in depth look at why Russia lagged so far behind in modern progress versus the other Western European nations. A good tale of the world-wide liquor industry, as well.

May 16, 2012

My boss recommended it so highly I felt obliged to read it, plus I enjoy a good biography…Which this wasn’t, dry as dust. I pretended to finish it so as not to offend him (I did get ALMOST to the end) I suppose I’m now a little more knowledgeable on Russian history which is not a bad thing, it’s just that this book could have been so much better.


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