Savoured by peasants and Tsars, condemned by clerics and the architects of perestroika, vodka has been the joy and the scourge of the Russian nation for centuries. But what are the origins of the Russians' favourite drink? Did it emerge as an authentic national discovery from the monasteries of medieval Russia, or were vodka's secrets imported from elsewhere?

History of Vodka 1992, Verso, London, England

ISBN-13: 9780860913597