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Vodka: How a Colorless, Odorless, Flavorless Spirit Conquered America

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ISBN13: 9780762786992
ISBN10: 076278699x
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Vodka began as rotgut medicine in Medieval Russia, but this neutral grain alcohol has become our uncontested king of spirits, with over 1,000 brands fighting for market share. But it wasnt always thus. For two centuries, America drank the brown stuff: rum and whiskey. So how did Russias “little water” unseat our favorite hooch? Vic Matus takes us on an incredible visual journey from vodkas humble American origins in a Depression-era Connecticut factory—using the family recipe of a poor Russian exile named Vladimir Smirnov—through its glamorous rise to fame at the hands of James Bond and Sex and the City to todays craft distillery movement. Youll see in clear, intoxicating detail how hippie culture, womens lib, and an absolutely ingenious Swedish company all played their part, transforming the booze into a status symbol. By 1975, the war had ended: Vodka officially became our favorite spirit. Today, a third of all cocktails contain it, and last year 140 million gallons of the stuff racked up $20 billion in sales. Here is the crisply distilled, bracing story of how entrepreneurs defied the odds and turned medieval medicine into a multibillion-dollar industry.

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"In his first book, Weekly Standard senior editor Matus serves up a detailed history of one of the world's most popular clear alcohols. Tracking the white spirit from its humble roots as a topical Russian medicine to its current status as, he argues, America's single best-loved liquor, Matus covers every base possible along the way. Intriguing personal interviews with industry big shots and craft-distillery upstarts comprise the bulk of the text, placing faces on giant corporate stills like Grey Goose while also giving a voice to the industry's smaller distillers like Tito's Handmade Vodka. The story is fascinating, but each chapter reads more like a discrete essay than a part of a larger narrative. Still, the finished product goes down nice and smooth, providing great insight into the vodka industry in its current state. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Victorino Matus is senior editor at The Weekly Standard. He has written for the New York Post, Salon.com, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Washingtonian magazine and provided commentary on CNN, NPR, C-SPAN, and The Laura Ingraham Show among others. He lives in Arlington, Virginia, with his wife and their two children.

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srushfordmd, June 26, 2014 (view all comments by srushfordmd)
This book is a great read! The book takes you through the history of vodka and how the drink made its way to America from Russia. The book is fun, makes you thirsty for more , and makes you wanna try different brands of vodka even if it's not your normal drink. The writer gives you an inside look of the owners of Ketel One, Tito's , Grey Goose, Skyy, Crystal Head vodkas just to name a few, to the secrets of advertisement and how much money is made by these vodka companies. The book lets you know who is making the millions to billions. How this writer makes his way through the industry of Vodka is intriguing, and how he got the inside secrets to this industry and stories from the owners of the different brands is impressive. You Gotta read it to find out for yourself.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780762786992
Author:
Matus, Victorino
Publisher:
Lyons Press
Subject:
Wine & Spirits
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Wines of the World
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20140731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
full-color throughout
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

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Business » Writing
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Cooking and Food » Reference and Etiquette » Historical Food and Cooking

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Product details 272 pages Lyons Press - English 9780762786992 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In his first book, Weekly Standard senior editor Matus serves up a detailed history of one of the world's most popular clear alcohols. Tracking the white spirit from its humble roots as a topical Russian medicine to its current status as, he argues, America's single best-loved liquor, Matus covers every base possible along the way. Intriguing personal interviews with industry big shots and craft-distillery upstarts comprise the bulk of the text, placing faces on giant corporate stills like Grey Goose while also giving a voice to the industry's smaller distillers like Tito's Handmade Vodka. The story is fascinating, but each chapter reads more like a discrete essay than a part of a larger narrative. Still, the finished product goes down nice and smooth, providing great insight into the vodka industry in its current state. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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