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

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

by Linda Himelstein

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Miami Herald

An astonishing tale...

USA Today

Himelstein makes Russian history and even current politics come alive.

Professor Patricia Herlihy

To follow the lives of members of the Smirnov family in this vivid account is to experience the flow of Russian history from the 1830s until the present.

Tilar J. Mazzeo

The story of the Smirnov family is an operatic tour-de-force, and Linda Himelstein tells it with grace and passion.

Julia Flynn Siler

Linda Himelstein has pulled off a remarkable storytelling feat.

San Francisco Chronicle

The book is an impressive feat of research, told swiftly and enthusiastically.

BusinessWeek

Himelstein brings thorough research and strong writing to bear on a fascinating subject.

Miami Herald

An astonishing tale...

USA Today

Himelstein makes Russian history and even current politics come alive.

San Francisco Chronicle

The book is an impressive feat of research, told swiftly and enthusiastically.

Patricia Herlihy

"To follow the lives of members of the Smirnov family in this vivid account is to experience the flow of Russian history from the 1830s until the present. "

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060855918
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/30/2010
Series: P.S. Series
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 867,641
Product dimensions: 8.14(w) x 11.64(h) x 1.18(d)

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