Casino Moscow

A Tale of Greed and Adventure on Capitalism's Wildest Frontier

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After awakening from its long communist slumber, Russia in the 1990s was a place where everything and everyone was for sale, and fortunes could be made and lost overnight. Into this free-market maelstrom stepped rookie Wall Street Journal reporter Matthew Brzezinski, who was immediately pulled into the mad world of Russian capitalism -- where corrupt bankers and fast-talking American carpetbaggers presided over the biggest boom and bust in financial history.
Brzezinski's adventures take him from the solid-gold bathroom fixtures of Moscow's elite, to the last stop on the Trans-Siberian railway, where poverty-stricken citizens must buy water by the pail from the local crime lord, and back to civilization, to stumble into a drunken birthday bash for an ultra-nationalist politico. It's an irreverent, lurid, and hilarious account of one man's tumultuous trek through a capitalist market gone haywire -- and a nation whose uncertain future is marked by boundless hope and foreboding despair.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Free Press (July 2002)
  • Length: 320 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780684869773

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Raves and Reviews

The Washington Post This breezy and breathless account of Russia's robber-baron phase seeks to do for post-Soviet capitalism what did for Wall Street's decade of greed.

The New York Times A fast-paced narrative of Russia's dalliance with bare-knuckles capitalism.

USA Today Casino Moscow is a fun romp through a wacky town...Brzezinski gives a lively account of how the New Russians chewed each other up during their early days of capitalism.

Kirkus Reviews (starred) Captivating reading, hiply told...Brzezinski tells it with appealing dash and indispensable black humor.

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