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The best-selling author of Bringing Down the House (63 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and the basis for the hit movie 21) and The Accidental Billionaires (the basis for the Academy Award-winning film The Social Network) delivers an epic drama of wealth, rivalry, and betrayal among megawealthy Russian oligarchs - and its international repercussions.

Once Upon a Time in Russia is the untold true story of the larger-than-life billionaire oligarchs who surfed the waves of privatization to reap riches after the fall of the Soviet regime: "Godfather of the Kremlin" Boris Berezovsky, a former mathematician whose first entrepreneurial venture was running an automobile reselling business, and Roman Abramovich, his dashing young protégé, who built a multibillion-dollar empire of oil and aluminum. Locked in a complex, uniquely Russian partnership, Berezovsky and Abramovich battled their way through the "Wild East" of Russia, with Berezovsky acting as the younger man's krysha - his roof, his protector.

Written with the heart-stopping pacing of a thriller - but even more compelling because it is true - this story of amassing obscene wealth and power depicts a rarefied world seldom seen up close. Under Berezovsky's krysha, Abramovich built one of Russia's largest oil companies from the ground up and in exchange made cash deliveries - including $491 million in just one year. But their relationship frayed when Berezovsky attacked President Vladimir Putin in the media - and had to flee to the UK. Abramovich continued to prosper. Dead bodies trailed Berezovsky's footsteps, and threats followed him to London, where an associate of his died painfully and famously of Polonium poisoning. Then Berezovsky himself was later found dead, declared a suicide.

©2015 Mezco, Inc. (P)2015 Simon & Schuster

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  • Michael J Canning
  • 26/07/2016

Oligarchs, Operatives, Explosives & Intrigue!

Excellent book. I had some reservations as I have read a fair bit in this area (for an American) and felt I would already be familiar with the narrative. I need not have been concerned. The book is a great addition to the limited literature dealing with this period in Russia and much more than just a rehashing of previously reported facts.

Mezrich takes the reader back into Russia at is was during Yeltsin and early Putin years by telling the story through the experiences of the oligarchs that dominated the country's politics during this time -- their origins, personalities, rivalries, agendas, and public vs. private selves. The story he tells is a rich and three dimensional one, and generally the author nails it, grabbing the reader from the opening chapter (which begins in the clouds of smoke following a failed assignation attempt in Moscow) and never really letting up. The scope is historical rather then contemporary, but the ark of this narrative told by Mezrich is unfolding even in 2016, so the information is the book remains relevant today. The book is full of interesting information, but by its conclusion the reader is left with a lot to think about and at least as many questions than answers. Exactly as it should be in my view.

The time flew by and I would have welcomed additional chapters.

Well worth the credit!

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  • Mark
  • 23/08/2015

...and the rise of Vladimir Putin.

There are the oligarchs, but the most interesting part of the book is how they were reigned in and Vladimir Putin gained power. This book is entertaining, and at the same time gives you bonus points in the intellectual department.

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  • Kmanaz
  • 01/09/2016

Fascinating History.

I find Russia one of the most fascinating subject. This book only adds to my disbelief of the absolute craziness that goes on in the beautiful and amazing country. Previously I had hear part labor these stories but this book pills them all together in a way that makes more sense and explains much about what is the current situation in Russia. Highly recommend to anyone that loves business, politics, and history.

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  • Tyler Methvin
  • 23/07/2015

Must Buy

Incredible book. A storyline I could not get enough of. Extremely well written. Must buy book.

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  • Sameer Advani
  • 22/07/2015

Great novel. Amazing story

Amazing story, very well put together. Fascinating story about the lives of truly extraordinarily flawed men.

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  • Gomeezy
  • 16/07/2015

Ben Mezrich does it again!

I definitely enjoy the style and manner in which Mezrich incorporates illustrative literary expressions to intermingle and exist within a historical interpretation of A time Russian oligarchs dominated the Russian political and business landscapes.

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  • James
  • 08/07/2015

Well worth the time.

The story is well presented and very believable. It is not slow nor is it redundant. The only missing details are the early years of the characters. Overall very good.

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  • Ron Bagley
  • 08/06/2015

A very interesting story

Ben Mezrich always has such compelling stories and this one was no exception. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Mo
  • 17/07/2018

Amazing Book

Captivating story that she's a new light on Russia. Definitely must give this a listen to!!!!

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  • Kirby Steele
  • 14/02/2018

Berezovsky vs Putin

Excellent telling of an epic clash in post Communist Russia from privatization through the downfall of Berezovsky and his associates including Litvenenko, and one who turned away, Roman Abramovich.