The King of Vodka: The Story of Pyotr Smirnov and the Upheaval of an Empire by Linda HimelsteinThe King of Vodka: The Story of Pyotr Smirnov and the Upheaval of an Empire by Linda Himelstein

The King of Vodka: The Story of Pyotr Smirnov and the Upheaval of an Empire

byLinda Himelstein

Paperback | August 11, 2015

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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 naïve 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.

Linda Himelstein began her career in the Washington bureau ofThe Wall Street Journalbefore working atThe San Francisco RecorderandLegal Times. In 1993 she joinedBusinessWeekas legal affairs editor, writing about a wide array of topics, including the tobacco industry and Wall Street. One of her cover stories helpedBusinessWeekwin the Na...
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Title:The King of Vodka: The Story of Pyotr Smirnov and the Upheaval of an EmpireFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.12 inPublished:August 11, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060855916

ISBN - 13:9780060855918

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