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Once Upon A Time In Russia

Author: Ben Mezrich
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476771901
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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).

Killing For Power And Profit

Author: H. G. Willms
Publisher: Archway Publishing
ISBN: 1480868760
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King Leopold II of Belgium built palaces, public buildings, castles, and monuments to remember his greatness as a king. People still praise him even though he killed millions of people. The question of accountability is raised, not only in the case of Leopold, but all in power who have caused the death of millions of human beings. The terrible wars of the recent past have all been followed with excuses by those who planned the wars. In this military and political history and commentary, the author--a U.S. Army veteran--covers more than one hundred years leading up to the present day. In addition to Leopold II, he highlights figures such as Otto von Bismarck, the chancellor of Prussia who united Germany; Japanese Emperor Hirohito; Adolf Hitler; President Franklin D. Roosevelt; President Lyndon B. Johnson; and many others. From the rise of colonial empires to World War I and World War II to fighting in Korea, Vietnam, and beyond, we must study the past to determine what we might do better moving forward. Learn the fascinating history of the Western world's major conflicts and gain an appreciation for those who've fought and died in Killing for Power and Profit.