By Linda Himelstein

During this sweeping historical past of vodka scion Pyotr Smirnov and his kinfolk, distinct journalist Linda Himelstein plumbs an outstanding riddle of Russian heritage throughout the tale of a humble serf who rose to create the most celebrated enterprise empires the area has ever identified. on the heart of this bright narrative, Pyotr Smirnov involves existence as a hero of fantastic complexity—a guy of extreme ambition and uncanny enterprise experience, a patriarch of a relations that will support outline Russian society and be afflicted by the Revolution's aftermath, and a loyalist to a country that will sooner or later honor him as a treasure of the kingdom.

Born in a small village in 1831, Smirnov depended on vodka—a commodity that during some ways defines Russia—to flip a lifetime of shortage and anonymity into certainly one of vast wealth and overseas popularity. ranging from the backrooms and part streets of nineteenth century Moscow, Smirnov exploited a golden age of emancipation and fantastic grassroots advertising ideas to popularize his items and ensconce his model in the thirsts and imaginations of drinkers world wide. His vodka will be gulped within the taverns of Russia and Europe, praised with accolades at global gala's, and develop into a staple at the tables of Tsars. His inconceivable ascent—set opposed to a sobriety campaign supported via Chekhov and Tolstoy, mounting political uprisings and hard work moves, the eventual monopolization of the vodka exchange via the state—would collapse amidst the chaos of the Bolshevik revolution. just a set of surprising coincidences—including an enormous legal get away by means of considered one of Smirnov's sons in 1919—would hinder Smirnov's legacy from fading into oblivion.

Set opposed to a backdrop of political and ideological currents that may ensure the process international history—from the autumn of the Tsars to the increase of Communism, from vodka's popularization through none except James Bond to Smirnoff's emergence as a multi-billion buck brand—Smirnov's tale of triumph and tragedy is an enthralling ancient touchstone. The King of Vodka is way greater than a biography of a rare guy. it's a paintings of narrative background on an epic scale.

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