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

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Simon and Schuster, Jul 9, 2002 - Business & Economics - 320 pages
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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.
  

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Review: Casino Moscow: A Tale of Greed and Adventure on Capitalism's Wildest Frontier

User Review  - Monica - Goodreads

Especially fun read if you lived in Eastern Europe or FSU in the 1990s. Read full review

Review: Casino Moscow: A Tale of Greed and Adventure on Capitalism's Wildest Frontier

User Review  - Jon - Goodreads

Decent journalistic "travelogue" style of narrative, negative points for being overly naive at times and for not having a goddamned index. Read full review

Contents

To Moscow
25
Wedded to Reform
81
Caviar Dreams
145
The Zone
207
You Cant Act Like Americans in Here
225
The Ides of March 749
241
Bear Market
271
The End of the Experiment 793
295
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About the author (2002)

Matthew Brzezinski was a staff writer for The Wall Street Journal in Kiev and Moscow from 1996 through 1998, having previously reported from Poland and other Eastern European countries for The New York Times, The Economist, The Guardian (London), and The Globe and Mail (Toronto). He is currently a freelance writer and a frequent contributor to The New York Times Magazine. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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