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The king of vodka : the story of Pyotr Smirnov and the upheaval of an empire

Author: Linda Himelstein
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st Harper Perennial edView all editions and formats
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This is an epic biography of vodka scion Pyotr Smirnov, whose life in pre-Bolshevik Russia has never been told before and whose business empire still spans the globe today.
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Genre/Form: Biographies
History
Biography
Named Person: P A Smirnov; P A Smirnov
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Linda Himelstein
ISBN: 9780060855918 0060855916
OCLC Number: 968176260
Notes: Originally published: New York : Collins Business, 2009.
Description: xxvii, 384, 16 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: Hello --
Moscow --
The land of darkness --
The vodka maker --
"Demand Smirnov vodka" --
To Vienna and back --
Mariya --
Vodka wars --
The vodka king --
From pursuit to preservation --
Monopoly capitalism --
The Tsar and 3,000 flashing bottles --
Twilight --
Two dead bodies --
A new century, a new reality --
Monopoly madness --
From bad to bizarre --
A war, uprisings, and then there was one --
Life and death and love and death --
Sudden chaos --
Revolution --
Escape --
Smirnov with an 'f' --
The end is a beginning.
Responsibility: Linda Himelstein.

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Vodka pioneer Pyotr Smirnov is one the most fascinating salesmen and entrepeneurs the world has ever known. This title presents a chronicle of ambition and innovation that has fascinating parallels  Read more...

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One of "the year's best books." -- BusinessWeek "The book is an impressive feat of research, told swiftly and enthusiastically." -- San Francisco Chronicle "Himelstein brings thorough research and Read more...

 
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