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I Was a Potato Oligarch
Travels and Travails in the New Russia
From the bestselling author of It's All Greek to Me! and a traveler who likes to get his hands-as well as his boots-dirty, comes a comedic look at madcap entrepreneurial adventures in Mother Russia. I Was a Potato Oligarch: Travels and Travails in the New Russia is the eye-wateringly funny true story of John Mole's travels and travails in Russia. Sometimes sinister, often hilarious and always entertaining, I Was a Potato Oligarch is a Russian feast-from caviar to samovar! The Soviet Union has disappeared along with nationality, currency, jobs, salaries, pensions and politics. Oligarchs pillage the nation. It looks as if Russia might become a liberal democracy. It also looks as if it might plunge into chaos. These are fascinating times and John Mole wants to be a part of them. But what can he do? An MBA, fifteen years of international banking and a handful of novels have left him with few useful skills. Then, inspiration strikes-British fast food! Nobody is doing baked potatoes in Russia. This is where Mole takes the stage. From breakfast with the mafia to a week in a sanatorium to being mistaken for the victim of a vampire attack, Mole's potato scheme becomes more than a business venture; it turns into a rollicking journey under the skin of the New Russia.