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Despite the title, Casino Moscow isn't just about Moscow--some of the best sections cover other parts of Russia: "It was heartbreaking that St. Petersburg had been so mistreated. Yet even in its state of decay, I still preferred its shabby elegance to Moscow's new-money makeover. In St. Petersburg you lived for the past; Moscow lived only for the day." At the edge of Siberia, on the Pacific coast, is Vladivostok--"five time zones ahead of the Russian capital, but a decade behind." The book is a fast-paced adventure story--and a must for readers interested in Russia as well as fans of modern-day gonzo journalism. Brzezinski is a writer to watch. --John Miller --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
For one who respects Russian culture and appreciates Russian history, much of this book can be distasteful. Read morePublished 19 months ago by G.H.
Thought this was even better than his other work on Russia, "Red Moon Rising". And "Red Moon Rising" was pretty great. Read morePublished on July 14, 2011 by vegas_student
great synopsis of what happened when Moscow went into a free-market economy. It's not written from an economic but rather a human perspective. Very good!Published on May 25, 2010 by wendy poole
As someone who has been involved in Russian legal matters for the past ten years, I found this book quite interesting, if not always accurate. Read morePublished on December 11, 2005 by Daniel Harris
Matthew Brzezinski, former reporter in the Moscow bureau of The Wall Street Journal (and nephew of Zbigniew Brzezinski, Jimmy Carter's anti-Soviet National Security Advisor) writes... Read morePublished on August 28, 2004 by A Customer
Brezezinski offers nothing more than personal asinine butchered urban tales that appeal to people like himself--droll dunderheads lacking in both originality & sincerity. Read morePublished on August 7, 2004 by Christopher Crame
I've never felt compelled to throw a book away. Until this one.
A reporter for a widely respected newspaper, dropped into '90s Moscow's whirling clash of cultures, should be... Read more
Man, had I not been to Russia as many times already that I have...and I was getting read to leave and had read this book, I would be too scared to go!!! Mr. Read morePublished on June 13, 2003 by Y. Harrington