The Oligarchs: Wealth And Power In The New Russia [NOOK Book]

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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.
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Overview


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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610391115
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs
  • Publication date: 9/13/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 1,305,495
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


David E. Hoffman is a contributing editor at the Washington Post. He covered the White House during the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, and was subsequently diplomatic correspondent and Jerusalem correspondent. From 1995 to 2001, he served as Moscow bureau chief, and later as foreign editor and assistant managing editor for foreign news. He is the author of The Dead Hand, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction.
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Table of Contents

The Oligarchs, Ten Years Later: An Introduction to the 2011 Paperback Edition ix

Prologue 1

Part One

1 Shadows and Shortages 11

2 Alexander Smolensky 31

3 Yuri Luzhkov 54

4 Anatoly Chubais 78

5 Mikhail Khodorkovsky 100

6 Boris Berezovsky 127

7 Vladimir Gusinsky 150

Part Two

8 Unlocking the Treasure 177

9 Easy Money 209

10 The Man Who Rebuilt Moscow 237

11 The Club on Sparrow Hills 270

12 The Embrace of Wealth and Power 296

13 Saving Boris Yeltsin 325

14 The Bankers' War 365

15 Roar of the Dragons 397

16 Hardball and Silver Bullets 442

Epilogue 491

Afterword to the 2003 Paperback Edition 493

Postscript: Where They Are Now, May 2011 501

Notes 503

Bibliography 551

Acknowledgments 556

Index 559

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2003

    Not bad at all.

    The Oligarchs is an interesting novel by David Hoffman that takes a look at the real power behind the Russian government in the 90¿s. Told in a third person perspective, David Hoffman explains how five men rose to power, and then decided the out come of everything from wars to elections within their own government. This book while long and having much detail is still an easy and exciting read for anyone who has an interest in conspiracies, in history or in stories of people rising to power through government manipulation. Despite the large amounts of detail it is still a book that you can jump into even if you haven¿t picked it up in a week. The story will still be fresh in your mind. But over all not that bad at all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2003

    The real story

    Now I finally understand what really happened in Russia in the 1990s. This book is what all the others have lacked: a sweeping history of a great transition in history, written with a lot of research and care.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2002

    Tragically Disappointing

    Although this book received wonderful praise from many professional sources I found the book disappointing. Depictions and facts were often repeated, sometimes ad nauseum. The writing seemed simplistic and the facts were scewed to favor the subjects of his writing. One bright spot is that the book does give some insight into the suffering of the Russian people both under communism and in this new era of capitalism. It unfortunately does not expose the oligarchs for what they truly are: greedy opportunists.

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