The eXile is the controversial biweekly tabloid founded by Americans Mark Ames and Matt Taibbi that Rolling Stone has called "cruel, caustic, and funny" and "a must-read." In the tradition of gonzo journalists like Hunter S. Thompson, Ames and Taibbi cover everything from decadent club scenes to the nation's collapsing political and economic systems - no person or institution is spared from their razor sharp satiric viewpoint. They take you beneath the surface of the Russia that most Western journalists cover, bringing to life the metropolis that Ames describes as "manic, nihilistic, grotesque, horrible; and yet, in its own way, far superior to any city on Earth." Featuring artwork and articles from their groundbreaking newspaper, The eXile is the inside story of how the tabloid came to be and how Ames and Taibbi broke their biggest stories - all the while playing hysterically vicious practical jokes, racking up innumerable death threats, and ingesting a motherlode of speed. It's a darkly funny, up-close profile of the sordid underbelly of the New World Order that you will never forget.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Book's authors, The country, Citizens of the country, Political figures, All media forms - all lack a moral compass. Very eye opening and intriguing to read. The book was more a documentary and/or a autobiographical type. It was well written and gave, a prospective most people would not have of Russia ( or know about). So in that sense it was enlightening. Much of the book was disturbing ( personal and political) and made it a bit difficult to relate to or feel compassion for the authors. It does not give a favorable image of Russia or the people that exist there. This book based on quite current experiences - not from centuries ago but just a decade ago ( or less depending on when you read the book). The book had a Trainspotting vibe - but much more sinister and pro active not to mention the gratuitous situations the main characters ( authors) put themselves in. I bought the book based on one of the author's other books that I have read - this was quite different.
Wish I had this excitement in my 20's! A ride of a lifetime. Pulling pranks on political officials, Exposing corrupt media during the day and living crazed sex and drug fueled nights. Touching and an excellent account of 2 rogue ex-pats living a modern lifestyle in Russia in the 1990's - early 2000's.