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Vodka and public policy in Putin’s Russia (book)

Anna L. Bailey, Politics under the Influence: Vodka and Public Policy in Putin’s Russia (Cornell University Press, forthcoming September 15, 2018).

  • Feeding the state: vodka from tsarism to communism
  • Soviet policy doublethink
  • The parasites feed: state capture under Yeltsin
  • Regaining state control under Putin
  • The judo gang: informal networks and perceptions of power
  • An all-powerful regulator
  • Beer: the new pretender on the Russian alcohol market
  • The brewers’ nemesis in the Duma
  • Vodka is our enemy, but who said we’re afraid of enemies
  • From illegality to demography: alcohol policy paradigms
  • The new anti-alcohol network
  • Medvedev and the anti-alcohol initiative
  • Alcohol policy as battleground: the 2011 alcohol law
  • The campaign is over, but the battle continues.



Coffee (book)

Robert W. Thurston, Coffee: A Brief Introduction (Rowman & Littlefield, forthcoming October 1, 2018).

This engaging guide traces the history, cultivation, and culture of coffee, as well as the major factors influencing the industry today. Robert Thurston provides a readable, concise overview of coffee from the time the seeds of the coffee fruit are planted and grow into trees to the latest ideas in roasting and making beverages. He considers cultivation and its challenges, especially climate change; new research on hybridization; the history of coffee and cultural change surrounding it around the world; devices, new and old, for making coffee drinks; the issue of organic versus conventional agriculture; and the health benefits of the brew. The first book that coffee lovers naturally will turn to, it will also appeal to anyone interested in globalization, climate change, and social justice.

Thurston is co-author of Coffee: A Comprehensive Guide to the Bean, the Beverage, and the Industry (2013).