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I Was a Potato Oligarch: Travels and Travails in the New Russia

I Was a Potato Oligarch: Travels and Travails in the New Russia

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By (author) John Mole

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  • Publisher: NICHOLAS BREALEY PUBLISHING
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 211mm x 25mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1857885090
  • ISBN 13: 9781857885095
  • Sales rank: 381,446

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From the best-selling author of It's All Greek to Me! comes a wild tale of life and business in the brave new Russia. John Mole went to seek his fortune in the New Russia revolution with his Big Idea of setting up British baked potato restaurants to rival McDonald's and Pizza Hut, and came back with the rights for a revolutionary biotechnology for cleaning air pollution. In between he tangled with fantasists and scientists, Stalinists and Tolkeinists, hopeful oligarchs and hopeless biznismyen,A" muggers and, finally, the mafia. Sometimes sinister, often hilarious and always fascinating, this book is a Russian feast from caviar to samovar.

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Author information

John Mole has had a varied international career, from banking in the USA and Athens to jacket potato restaurants in Russia. He is also a well-known author of comic novels, as well as the perennial bestseller Mind Your Manners and It's All Greek To Me!. For more information, please visit his website at www.johnmole.com

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"A fantastic read."Loose Ends, BBC Radio 4 "I Was a Potato Oligarch is the charming, witty and utterly hilarious telling of Mole's real-life experiences in a Russia still coming to terms with capitalism and competition...Mole is a bright, resourceful guy but his most valuable traits are his biting sense of humour and a willingness to take every setback in his stride. Bearing comparison easily with the likes of David Sedaris, Mole's story makes for a wonderful read."The Sunday Business Post, 25th May 2008"Very readable and very funny" Clarissa Dickson Wright author of Spilling the Beans"Funny and perceptive, it gives a vivid and sympathetic picture of what Russians are really like, and how they manage to survive and enjoy themselves in their often chaotic country." Rodric Braithwaite, British ambassador to Moscow 1988-1992, and author of Across the Moscow River and Moscow 1941 e