'There s information on the drink s history; how it gained popularity in the US & UK; James Bond s love of a vodka martini (he first supped it in Live And Let Die, ); its relationship with literature and music; a tasting guide; and various cocktail recipes. A very spirited account.' The Crack" "It's a peasant's drink, made from potatoes, by Slavs in the East." Well up to a point, Lord Copper. As Geoffrey Elborn points out with tales of Tolstoy, Stalin, Yeltsin, Shostakovich and 007, there's more to the drink than that. So raise a glass to author and publisher...' Keith Richmond in Tribune 'Dedalus tend to favour books which put decadence or licentiousness in a literary, historical context. Elborn s agreeable overview of vodka s 600-year evolution, its eventual global spread, and the cultural and sociological weight behind this may therefore be their perfect book. ' Buzz Magazine" ..".this agreeable overview of vodka's 600-year evolution, its global spread, and the cultural and sociological weight behind it may be the perfect book." -- Buzz Magazine"