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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (116 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Linda Himelstein Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Born in a Russian village in 1831, Pyotr Smirnov relied on vodka to turn a life of scarcity and anonymity into one of immense wealth and international recognition. Starting from the back rooms and side streets of 19th-century Moscow, Smirnov exploited brilliant grassroots marketing strategies to popularize his products and ensconce his brand in the thirsts and imaginations of drinkers around the world. His vodka would be gulped in the taverns of Russia and Europe, be praised with accolades at World's Fairs, and become a staple on the tables of tsars. But his improbable ascent would be halted by the chaos of the Bolshevik Revolution, and only a bizarre set of coincidences, including an incredible prison escape by one of Smirnov's sons in 1919, would prevent Smirnov's legacy from fading into obscurity.

Set against a backdrop of political and ideological currents that would determine the course of global events, The King of Vodka is much more than a biography of a humble serf who rose to create one of the most celebrated business empires the world has ever known. It is a work of sweeping narrative history on an epic scale.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Holly Mitchell | 2/10/2014

    " Though not particularly well-written, it's an easy read and a quick brush-up on Russian history for those who want to talk about dead people at parties. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lisa | 1/14/2014

    " Good Russian biography and history, especially related to.....vodka. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tony | 1/10/2014

    " a compelling story about the rise of the Smirnov vodka empire amidst the turmoil of revolutionary russia. fascinating with much detail and history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Stefanie | 1/9/2014

    " compelling review of russia's affair with vodka, including government monopolies and temperance/prohibition initiatives. pyotry a smirnov was an inspirational character and marketing genius. his sons were, ultimately, disappointments to his legacy. "

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