April 2010 The King of Vodka shortlisted for James Beard Award
— Jackie Burrell, Contra Costa Times The tale of Pyotr Smirnov — son of a 19th century Russian serf who rose to power and prestige as the head of a vodka empire — reads more like vivid cinematic script than meticulously researched nonfiction. But the dramatic surges and ebbs, the tales of Bolshevik revolution, lavish palace dinners and prison escapes is all true — and it has put former Wall Street Journal and Business Week writer Linda Himelstein on the shortlist for a 2010 James Beard Award.
August 17, 2009
ABC's "Milliionaire" meets "The King of Vodka" ABC's "Millionaire" $4,000 question was "Ninteenth century Russian businessman Pyotr Smirnov is the subject of a 2009 biography titled "The King of _______"?
Watch the clip fromABC's "Milliionaire
Linda Himelstein visits Google's Mountain View, CA headquarters to discuss her book The King of Vodka.Watch the video