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Once Upon a Time in Russia - The Rise of the Oligarchs and the Greatest Wealth in History

Ben Mezrich

The bestselling author of Bringing Down the House (sixty-three weeks on the New York Times bestseller 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 mega-wealthy 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 multi-billion-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-literally, 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 dollars 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. Exclusively sourced, capturing a momentous period in recent world history, Once Upon a Time in Russia is at once personal and political, offering an unprecedented look into the wealth, corruption, and power behind what Graydon Carter called "the story of ou

The bestselling author of Bringing Down the House (sixty-three weeks on the New York Times bestseller 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 mega-wealthy 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 multi-billion-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-literally, 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 dollars 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. Exclusively sourced, capturing a momentous period in recent world history, Once Upon a Time in Russia is at once personal and political, offering an unprecedented look into the wealth, corruption, and power behind what Graydon Carter called "the story of ou
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The bestselling author of Bringing Down the House (sixty-three weeks on the New York Times bestseller 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 mega-wealthy 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 multi-billion-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-literally, 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 dollars 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. Exclusively sourced, capturing a momentous period in recent world history, Once Upon a Time in Russia is at once personal and political, offering an unprecedented look into the wealth, corruption, and power behind what Graydon Carter called "the story of ou

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jeremy Bobb

Length:

6h 47m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:41


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

08:37


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

17:29


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

11:53


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

16:50


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

10:38


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

14:10


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

10:09


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:36


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

11:58


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

15:49


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

10:41


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

12:17


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

11:02


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:41


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

11:16


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

19:04


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:03


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

16:23


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

09:51


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

10:54


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

12:11


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

13:37


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:43


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:35


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

16:37


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

09:57


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

11:34


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

15:30


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

11:53


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:18


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:08


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:41


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:27


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:39


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:36


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

10:19


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:55


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:09


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

02:17


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

01:23