Once upon a Time in Russia

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5 out of 5 stars
By Michael J Canning on 07-26-16

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Mark on 08-23-15

...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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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Kmanaz on 09-01-16

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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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Tyler Methvin on 07-23-15

Must Buy

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

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sameer Advani on 07-22-15

Great novel. Amazing story

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

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5 out of 5 stars
By Gomeezy on 07-16-15

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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