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Nonfiction

Once Upon a Time in Russia

by Ben Mezrich

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One day, you're shaking hands with an associate across the table; the next day, his men have you surrounded in your armored car. You can't trust anyone.

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Secret meetings, spies, double-crosses… Cars blown up, cups of coffee poisoned, men gunned down in their homes. A small group of businessmen take over a country and become untouchably powerful…

No, this isn't the plot of a Daniel Silva novel — this is the actual history of Russia in the early 1990s. Under the rule of Boris Yeltsin, Russia's socialist economy was transformed into a capitalist marke...

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