The Oligarchs

The Oligarchs
Author: David E. Hoffman
Pages: 608
ISBN: 1610390709
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Release: 2011-09-13
Editor: PublicAffairs
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In this saga of brilliant triumphs and magnificent failures, David E. Hoffman, the former Moscow bureau chief for the Washington Post, sheds light on the hidden lives of Russia's most feared power brokers: the oligarchs. Focusing on six of these ruthless men— Alexander Smolensky, Yuri Luzhkov, Anatoly Chubais, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Boris Berezovsky, and Vladimir Gusinsky—Hoffman shows how a rapacious, unruly capitalism was born out of the ashes of Soviet communism.

Once Upon a Time in Russia

Once Upon a Time in Russia
Author: Ben Mezrich
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781476771908
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Release: 2016-06-14
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

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).

The Oligarchs

The Oligarchs
Author: David E. Hoffman
Pages: 567
ISBN: 1903985269
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Release: 2002
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Focusing on six of Russia's most feared power brokers - the oligarchs, David Hoffman reveals how a few players managed to take over Russia's cash-strapped economy and then divvy it up in loans-for-shares deals.

The Oligarch

The Oligarch
Author: James Sherry
Pages: 157
ISBN: 9783319621692
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Release: 2017-08-14
Editor: Springer
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This book uses the structure of Machiavelli’s The Prince to show how governance has changed over the last 500 years. If Machiavelli focuses on power concentrated in the hands of the republic or principalities, The Oligarch looks at how states and companies today function as oligarchies. Rather than dealing with the form of government, it addresses the operations and networks of governance for both states and corporations as a single set of common processes. The author links politics, ecology and literature, by using the literary device of appropriation to raise awareness of ecology and the overreach of powerful people, offering both wielders and critics of power a common ground based on how people in power actually conduct themselves.

American Oligarchs The Kushners the Trumps and the Marriage of Money and Power

American Oligarchs  The Kushners  the Trumps  and the Marriage of Money and Power
Author: Andrea Bernstein
Pages: 496
ISBN: 9781324001881
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Release: 2020-01-14
Editor: W. W. Norton & Company
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A New York Times Bestseller A multigenerational saga of two families, who rose from immigrant roots to the pinnacle of wealth and power, that tracks the unraveling of American democracy. In American Oligarchs, award-winning investigative journalist Andrea Bernstein tells the story of the Trump and Kushner families like never before. Their journey to the White House is a story of survival and loss, crime and betrayal, that stretches from the Klondike Gold Rush, through Nazi-occupied Poland and across the American Century, to our new gilded age. In building and maintaining their dynastic wealth, these families came to embody the rising nationalism and inequality that has pushed the United States to the brink of oligarchy. Building on her landmark reporting for the acclaimed podcast Trump, Inc. and The New Yorker, Bernstein’s painstaking detective work brings to light new information about the families’ arrival as immigrants to America, their paths to success, and the business and personal lives of the president and his closest family members. Bernstein traces how the two families ruthlessly harnessed New York and New Jersey machine politics to gain valuable tax breaks and grew rich on federal programs that bolstered the middle class. She shows how the Trump Organization, denied credit by American banks, turned to shady international capital. She reveals astonishing new details about Charles Kushner’s attempts to ensnare his brother-in-law with a prostitute and explores how Jared Kushner and his father used a venerable New York newspaper to bolster their business empire. Drawing on more than two hundred interviews and more than one hundred thousand pages of documents, many previously unseen or long forgotten, Bernstein shows how the Trumps and the Kushners repeatedly broke rules and then leveraged secrecy, intimidation, and prosecutorial and judicial power to avoid legal consequences. The result is a compelling narrative that details how the Trump and Kushner dynasties encouraged and profited from a system of corruption, dark money, and influence trading, and that reveals the historical turning points and decisions—on taxation, regulation, white-collar crime, and campaign finance laws—that have brought us to where we are today.

Londongrad From Russia with Cash The Inside Story of the Oligarchs

Londongrad  From Russia with Cash  The Inside Story of the Oligarchs
Author: Mark Hollingsworth,Stewart Lansley
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9780007287147
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Release: 2009-07-23
Editor: HarperCollins UK
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The amazing true story of how London became home to the Russian super-rich – told for the first time ever. A dazzling tale of incredible wealth, ferocious disputes, beautiful women, private jets, mega-yachts, the world’s best footballers – and chauffeur-driven Range Rovers with tinted windows.

Oligarchy

Oligarchy
Author: Scarlett Thomas
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781786897817
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Release: 2019-11-07
Editor: Canongate Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

'Hugely enjoyable' Observer 'Wickedly funny' The Times When Tash, daughter of a Russian oligarch, is sent to an English boarding school, she is new to the strange rituals of the girls there. Theirs is a world of strict pecking orders, eating disorders and Instagram angst. While she spends her time at the lake and the stables, a few hand-picked girls are invited to join the Headmaster at his house for extra lessons. Then her friend Bianca mysteriously vanishes, and the routines of her dormmates seem darker and more alien than ever before.

Once Upon a Time in Russia

Once Upon a Time in Russia
Author: Ben Mezrich
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781476771915
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Release: 2015-06-02
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

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).

The Oligarch

The Oligarch
Author: James Sherry
Pages: 157
ISBN: 3319621688
Available:
Release: 2017-08-17
Editor: Palgrave Macmillan
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This book uses the structure of Machiavelli’s The Prince to show how governance has changed over the last 500 years. If Machiavelli focuses on power concentrated in the hands of the republic or principalities, The Oligarch looks at how states and companies today function as oligarchies. Rather than dealing with the form of government, it addresses the operations and networks of governance for both states and corporations as a single set of common processes. The author links politics, ecology and literature, by using the literary device of appropriation to raise awareness of ecology and the overreach of powerful people, offering both wielders and critics of power a common ground based on how people in power actually conduct themselves.

The Oligarch s Daughter

The Oligarch s Daughter
Author: Eric Van Lustbader
Pages: 60
ISBN: 9781504030397
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Release: 2016-02-23
Editor: Open Road Media
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Nicholas Linnear, hero of New York Times–bestseller The Ninja, returns in an all-new adventure of intrigue, deceit, and death Returning to Tokyo after many years, Nicholas Linnear—the ninja—must make a deal with the devil if he is to maintain control of his newly launched shipping concern. The exiled Russian oligarch Vladimir Orkin is the buyer Linnear needs for his liquid natural gas, but his offer is contingent on the ninja’s performance of an unusual service. Well aware of Linnear’s legendary skills in martial arts, Orkin demands that he take deadly revenge on the oligarch’s longtime enemy and avenge his beautiful daughter. As a final persuasion, he dangles information about Linnear’s past—information the ninja has never been able to uncover on his own. The lure is irresistible, but the danger may prove his undoing. . . . The Oligarch’s Daughter is the 4th book in the Nicholas Linnear Series, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.

The Oligarchs

The Oligarchs
Author: Claes Ericson
Pages: 360
ISBN: 9789187173080
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Release: 2012-03-04
Editor: Stockholm Text
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Oligarchs is the dramatic but serious story about how a small group of young entrepreneurs could become some of the world’s richest men and get control of the president of a fallen super-power in the process.

Oligarchy

Oligarchy
Author: Jeffrey A. Winters
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9781139495646
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Release: 2011-04-18
Editor: Cambridge University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

For centuries, oligarchs were viewed as empowered by wealth, an idea muddled by elite theory early in the twentieth century. The common thread for oligarchs across history is that wealth defines them, empowers them and inherently exposes them to threats. The existential motive of all oligarchs is wealth defense. How they respond varies with the threats they confront, including how directly involved they are in supplying the coercion underlying all property claims and whether they act separately or collectively. These variations yield four types of oligarchy: warring, ruling, sultanistic and civil. Moreover, the rule of law problem in many societies is a matter of taming oligarchs. Cases studied in this book include the United States, ancient Athens and Rome, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, medieval Venice and Siena, mafia commissions in the United States and Italy, feuding Appalachian families and early chiefs cum oligarchs dating from 2300 BCE.

Rich Russians

Rich Russians
Author: Elisabeth Schimpfössl
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780190677770
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Release: 2018-05-29
Editor: Oxford University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The lives of wealthy people have long held an allure to many, but the lives of wealthy Russians pose a particular fascination. Having achieved their riches over the course of a single generation, the top 0.1 percent of Russian society have become known for ostentatious lifestyles and tastes. Nevertheless, as Elisabeth Schimpfössl shows in this book, their stories reveal a bourgeois existence that is distinct in its circumstances and self-definition, and far more complex than the caricatures suggest. Rich Russians takes a deep and unprecedented look at this group: their personal stories, trajectories, ideas about life and how they see their role and position both on top of Russian society as well as globally. These people grew up and lived through a historically unique period of economic turmoil and social change following the collapse of the Soviet Union. But when taken in a wider historical context, their lives follow a familiar path, from new money to respectable money; parvenus becoming part of Society. Based on interviews with millionaires, billionaires, their spouses and children, Rich Russians concludes that, as a class, they have acquired all sorts of cultural and social resources which help consolidate their personal power. They have developed distinguished and refined tastes, rediscovered their family history, and begun actively engaging in philanthropy. Most importantly, they have worked out a narrative to justify why they deserve their elitist position in society - because of who they are and their superior qualities - and why they should be treated as equals by the West. This is a group whose social, cultural and political influence is likely to outlast any regime change. As the first book to examine the transformation of Russia's former "robber barons" into a new social class, Rich Russians provides insight into how this nation's newly wealthy tick.

Once Upon a Time in Russia

Once Upon a Time in Russia
Author: Ben Mezrich
Pages: 377
ISBN: 1410480518
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Release: 2015
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A New York Times Bestselling AuthorOnce 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. 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.

The Hidden History of American Oligarchy

The Hidden History of American Oligarchy
Author: Thom Hartmann
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781523091607
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Release: 2021-02-01
Editor: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Thom Hartmann, the most popular progressive radio host in America and a New York Times bestselling author, looks at the history of the battle against oligarchy in America—and how we can win the latest round. Billionaire oligarchs want to own our republic, and they're nearly there thanks to legislation and Supreme Court decisions that they have essentially bought. They put Trump and his political allies into office and support a vast network of think tanks, publications, and social media that every day push our nation closer and closer to police-state tyranny. The United States was born in a struggle against the oligarchs of the British aristocracy, and ever since then the history of America has been one of dynamic tension between democracy and oligarchy. And much like the shock of the 1929 crash woke America up to glaring inequality and the ongoing theft of democracy by that generation's oligarchs, the coronavirus pandemic of 2020 has laid bare how extensively oligarchs have looted our nation's economic system, gutted governmental institutions, and stolen the wealth of the former middle class. Thom Hartmann traces the history of this struggle against oligarchy from America's founding to the United States' war with the feudal Confederacy to President Franklin Roosevelt's struggle against “economic royalists,” who wanted to block the New Deal. In each of those cases, the oligarchs lost the battle. But with increasing right-wing control of the media, unlimited campaign contributions, and a conservative takeover of the judicial system, we're at a crisis point. Now is the time for action, before we flip into tyranny. We've beaten the oligarchs before, and we can do it again. Hartmann lays out practical measures we can take to break up media monopolies, limit the influence of money in politics, reclaim the wealth stolen over decades by the oligarchy, and build a movement that will return control of America to We the People.

Putin s People

Putin s People
Author: Catherine Belton
Pages: 640
ISBN: 9780374712785
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Release: 2020-06-23
Editor: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A Sunday Times bestseller | A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice Named a best book of the year by The Economist | Financial Times | New Statesman | The Telegraph "[Putin's People] will surely now become the definitive account of the rise of Putin and Putinism." —Anne Applebaum, The Atlantic "This riveting, immaculately researched book is arguably the best single volume written about Putin, the people around him and perhaps even about contemporary Russia itself in the past three decades." —Peter Frankopan, Financial Times Interference in American elections. The sponsorship of extremist politics in Europe. War in Ukraine. In recent years, Vladimir Putin’s Russia has waged a concerted campaign to expand its influence and undermine Western institutions. But how and why did all this come about, and who has orchestrated it? In Putin’s People, the investigative journalist and former Moscow correspondent Catherine Belton reveals the untold story of how Vladimir Putin and the small group of KGB men surrounding him rose to power and looted their country. Delving deep into the workings of Putin’s Kremlin, Belton accesses key inside players to reveal how Putin replaced the freewheeling tycoons of the Yeltsin era with a new generation of loyal oligarchs, who in turn subverted Russia’s economy and legal system and extended the Kremlin's reach into the United States and Europe. The result is a chilling and revelatory exposé of the KGB’s revanche—a story that begins in the murk of the Soviet collapse, when networks of operatives were able to siphon billions of dollars out of state enterprises and move their spoils into the West. Putin and his allies subsequently completed the agenda, reasserting Russian power while taking control of the economy for themselves, suppressing independent voices, and launching covert influence operations abroad. Ranging from Moscow and London to Switzerland and Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach—and assembling a colorful cast of characters to match—Putin’s People is the definitive account of how hopes for the new Russia went astray, with stark consequences for its inhabitants and, increasingly, the world.

London Grad

London Grad
Author: Mark Hollingsworth,Stewart Lansley
Pages: 402
ISBN: IND:30000126981285
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Release: 2009
Editor: HarperCollins UK
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Roman Abramovich's purchase of Chelsea FC. The takeover by the former KGB man Alexander Lebedev of London's Evening Standard newspaper. The unsolved murder of Alexander Litvinenko, the ex-spy, and the death of Stephen Curtis, the lawyer to Russia's super-rich, in a mysterious helicopter accident. Following Communism's collapse in Russia, London became the favoured home-from-home for Russian billionaires. Londongrad is the true, inside story of secret multi-billion pound deals and rancorous feuds, presidents and supermodels, oligarchs and aristocrats, private jets and mega-yachts. This is the story of how London became known as Londongrad, and of how the colossal fortunes of those who took part in its rise would soon become dust. Londongrad is a must-read for anyone interested in how vast wealth is created, the luxury it can buy, and the power and intrigue it produces.

The Hidden History of American Oligarchy

The Hidden History of American Oligarchy
Author: Thom Hartmann
Pages: 192
ISBN: 1523091584
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Release: 2021-02-02
Editor: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Thom Hartmann, the most popular progressive radio host in America and a New York Times bestselling author, looks at the real history of the corrupting influence of oligarchy in America--and how we can fight back. The history of America (and of all democracies) catalogues the dynamic tension between democracy and oligarchy. Oligarchy usually has the power and the resources, and for this reason democracy has had limited success historically. The most important "stabilizer" that a democracy can build into its own system is one that prevents an oligarchy from taking over--which was an original purpose of the Constitution. Thom Hartmann traces the history of the struggle between oligarchy and democracy, from America's founding revolt against British aristocracy to the United States' war with the feudal Confederacy to President Franklin Roosevelt's struggle against "economic royalists," who wanted to block the New Deal. In each of those cases the oligarchs lost the battle. But with increasing right-wing control of the media, unlimited campaign contributions, and a conservative takeover of the judicial system, we're at a crisis point as real and critical as those we hit in 1776, 1861, and 1932. Thankfully, Hartmann lays out practical measures we can take to break up media monopolies, limit the influence of money in politics, and return control of America to We the People.

Norilsk A Tale of Suspense in the Time of the Oligarchs

Norilsk  A Tale of Suspense in the Time of the Oligarchs
Author: Susan Gold
Pages: 276
ISBN: 1938812220
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Release: 2013-12
Editor: Full Court Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The alluring precious-metals chief of a U.S. conglomerate returns to Moscow after the collapse of the Soviet Union to find that her lover has been murdered and that the entire economic system has been profoundly altered in her absence. Will his murderers ever be caught--and will she be able to overcome the enormous business challenges she is facing?

Dogs of the Oligarchs

Dogs of the Oligarchs
Author: Forrester Fox
Pages: 320
ISBN: 1686444869
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Release: 2019-08-15
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Brandon Brooks -- once a run-of-the-mill corporate salesman -- starts noticing that the United States' government and the mega-corporations are partners in graft and corruption. As he dives deeper into his research, he becomes embroiled in an assassination plot and teams up with the unlikeliest group (from Antarctica) in a desperate plan to overthrow the 'system' itself.