By Ben Mezrich
The bestselling writer of Bringing Down the House (sixty-three weeks at the New York Times bestseller record and the root for the hit motion picture 21) and The unintended Billionaires (the foundation for the Academy Award–winning movie The Social Network) supplies an epic drama of wealth, contention, and betrayal between mega-wealthy Russian oligarchs—and its foreign repercussions.
Once Upon a Time in Russia is the untold actual tale of the larger-than-life billionaire oligarchs who surfed the waves of privatization to harvest riches after the autumn of the Soviet regime: “Godfather of the Kremlin” Boris Berezovsky, a former mathematician whose first entrepreneurial enterprise used to be operating an car reselling enterprise, and Roman Abramovich, his rushing younger protégé who outfitted a multi-billion-dollar empire of oil and aluminum. Locked in a posh, uniquely Russian partnership, Berezovsky and Abramovich battled their approach during the “Wild East” of Russia with Berezovsky appearing because the more youthful man’s krysha—literally, his roof, his protector.
Written with the heart-stopping pacing of a thriller—but much more compelling since it is true—this tale of gathering obscene wealth and tool depicts a rarefied international seldom visible up shut. lower than Berezovsky’s krysha, Abramovich equipped one in every of Russia’s greatest oil businesses from the floor up and in alternate made money deliveries—including 491 million money in precisely three hundred and sixty five days. yet their courting frayed while Berezovsky attacked President Vladimir Putin within the media—and needed to flee to the united kingdom. Abramovich persisted to prosper. useless our bodies trailed Berezovsky’s footsteps, and threats him to London, the place an affiliate of his died painfully and famously of Polonium poisoning. Then Berezovsky himself used to be later stumbled on lifeless, declared a suicide.
Exclusively sourced, shooting a momentous interval in fresh global historical past, Once Upon a Time in Russia is right away own and political, supplying an unparalleled investigate the wealth, corruption, and gear at the back of what Graydon Carter known as “the tale of our age.”
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