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Ms. Himelstein is a very capable writer and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book.
Praising the person you're writing about is OK as long as you keep it in the introduction and conclusion, NOT in the entire text.
A telling story of the lives of the Smirnov family from serfdom to one of the richest families in the Russian empire.
The King of Vodka
The story of Pyotr Smirnov and the upheavel of an empire
By Linda Himelstein
The dramatic story of the Russian family behind the well known... Read more
This book is a great find for anyone who desires to learn about the changing forces of Russian life and culture from the aristocracy to the dawn of the rule of the communist... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Gene M Brosius
This book is full of rich history, covering decades, following Smirnov's life. Fastastic journey and achievement, especially for the times....enjoyed it thoroughly!Published 21 months ago by Eleanor Hertzler
There's nothing like a single subject business history to get the blood boiling- NOT! But the exotic location and alchoholic nature of the enterprise involved combine to make The... Read morePublished 23 months ago by S. Pactor
"Strong drink is bitter to those who drink it." -- Isaiah 24:9 (NKJV)
Smirnoff vodka took off in the United States because it blended well with juices and other mixers... Read more
In following the Smirnov family, author Linda Himelstein follows the story of commerce, political events the social strife of 19th and early 20th century Russia. Read morePublished on January 25, 2012 by Loves the View
This is actually three books in one: part history of Russia, part business book, and part biography. Read morePublished on January 17, 2012 by Jeffrey Swystun
Pytor Smirnov was a quintessential rags-to-riches story, except he rose from serfdom to being the magnate of an alcohol empire. Read morePublished on January 2, 2012 by Amaranth
I found The King of Vodka chock full or history. I was surprised - for the author to recount the details of what might have been seems like a staggering task - and in a foreign... Read morePublished on July 8, 2011 by RobbieD