Once Upon a Time in Russia - Ben Mezrich

Once Upon a Time in Russia

By Ben Mezrich

  • Release Date: 2015-06-02
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 63 Ratings


The New York Times bestselling author of Bringing Down the House and The Accidental Billionaires tells his most incredible story yet: A true drama of obscene wealth, crime, rivalry, and betrayal from deep inside the world of billionaire Russian oligarchs that Booklist called “one more example of just how talented a storyteller [Mezrich] is.”

Meet two larger-than-life Russians: former mathematician Boris Berezovsky, who moved into more lucrative ventures as well as politics, becoming known as the Godfather of the Kremlin; and Roman Abramovich, a dashing young entrepreneur who built one of Russia’s largest oil companies from the ground up.

After a chance meeting on a yacht in the Caribbean, the men became locked in a complex partnership, surfing the waves of privatization after the fall of the Soviet regime and amassing mega fortunes while also taking the reins of power in Russia. With Berezovsky serving as the younger entrepreneur’s krysha—literally, his roof, his protector—they battled their way through the “Wild East” of Russia until their relationship soured when Berezovsky attacked President Vladimir Putin in the media. Dead bodies trailed Berezovsky as he escaped to London, where an associate died painfully of Polonium poisoning, creating an international furor. As Abramovich prospered, Berezovsky was found dead in a luxurious London town house, declared a suicide.

With unprecedented, exclusive first-person sourcing, Mezrich takes us inside a world of unimaginable wealth, power, and corruption to uncover this exciting story, a true-life thriller epic for our time—“Wolf Hall on the Moskva” (Bookpage).

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  • Great Insight into Russia's Trials

    By Kristianna Evans
    This book tells a tale of Russia. Although fictitious at times, it still provokes thinking and comprehensive thought as to the whims and trials of Russia's current state. Great and exciting read!!
  • Boring

    By Chase t Brooke
    Lousy narrator and really dull. Read Bill Browder's book, Red Notice which was much better and faster paced. Don't waste your money.
  • Once upon a time in Russia

    By Hbbetty171
    One of the most frustrating books I have every read. You have to go through endless pages of scene set ups to get to the facts of the story. Plus the author uses his imagination about how things have taken place rather than doing good research.
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